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77-78DetRW
1977–78 Detroit Red Wings · NHL
Division 2nd Norris
Conference 5th Prince of Wales
1977–78 record 32-34-14
Home record 22-11-7
Road record 10-23-7
Goals for 252
Goals against 256
General Manager Ted Lindsay
Coach Bobby Kromm
Captain Dan Maloney
Dennis Hextall
Arena Detroit Olympia
Team leaders
Goals Dale McCourt (33)
Assists Reed Larson (41)
Points Dale McCourt (72)
Penalties in minutes Dennis Polonich (254)
Wins Jim Rutherford (20)
Goals against average Ed Giacomin (3.14)






The 1977–78 Detroit Red Wings season was the Red Wings' 46th season.

Regular seasonEdit

Final standingsEdit

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 80 59 10 11 359 183 129
Detroit Red Wings 80 32 34 14 252 266 78
Los Angeles Kings 80 31 34 15 243 245 77
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 25 37 18 254 321 68
Washington Capitals 80 17 49 14 195 321 48

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Game logEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1TOctober 13, 19773–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 0–0–1
2LOctober 15, 19772–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 0–1–1
3LOctober 18, 19772–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 0–2–1
4TOctober 20, 19772–2 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 0–2–2
5WOctober 22, 19774–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 1–2–2
6WOctober 26, 19774–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 2–2–2
7WOctober 27, 19773–1 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 3–2–2
8LOctober 29, 19774–7 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 3–3–2
9WNovember 2, 19773–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 4–3–2
10LNovember 5, 19773–4 Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 4–4–2
11WNovember 6, 19774–1 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 5–4–2
12TNovember 9, 19771–1 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 5–4–3
13WNovember 12, 19773–1 New York Rangers (1977–78) 6–4–3
14LNovember 13, 19770–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 6–5–3
15WNovember 16, 197710–1 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 7–5–3
16LNovember 18, 19773–5 @ Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 7–6–3
17WNovember 19, 19772–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 8–6–3
18WNovember 23, 19774–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 9–6–3
19LNovember 26, 19771–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 9–7–3
20LNovember 27, 19771–4 New York Islanders (1977–78) 9–8–3
21LNovember 30, 19774–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 9–9–3
22LDecember 3, 19772–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 9–10–3
23LDecember 4, 19771–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 9–11–3
24LDecember 6, 19771–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 9–12–3
25LDecember 8, 19774–6 @ Boston Bruins (1977–78) 9–13–3
26LDecember 10, 19774–7 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 9–14–3
27TDecember 15, 19775–5 New York Rangers (1977–78) 9–14–4
28WDecember 17, 19773–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 10–14–4
29LDecember 18, 19772–6 @ New York Rangers (1977–78) 10–15–4
30LDecember 21, 19773–5 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 10–16–4
31LDecember 23, 19772–3 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 10–17–4
32WDecember 27, 19775–2 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 11–17–4
33TDecember 29, 19773–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 11–17–5
34LDecember 31, 19770–7 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 11–18–5
35WJanuary 5, 19782–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 12–18–5
36WJanuary 8, 19784–3 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 13–18–5
37WJanuary 11, 19786–3 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 14–18–5
38LJanuary 12, 19781–6 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 14–19–5
39WJanuary 14, 19786–2 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 15–19–5
40TJanuary 18, 19784–4 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 15–19–6
41WJanuary 19, 19784–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 16–19–6
42LJanuary 21, 19781–7 @ Boston Bruins (1977–78) 16–20–6
43WJanuary 22, 19786–3 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 17–20–6
44LJanuary 28, 19781–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 17–21–6
45TJanuary 29, 19783–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 17–21–7
46LJanuary 31, 19783–5 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 17–22–7
47LFebruary 1, 19780–2 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 17–23–7
48TFebruary 4, 19782–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 17–23–8
49WFebruary 5, 19784–3 Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 18–23–8
50WFebruary 7, 19782–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 19–23–8
51LFebruary 9, 19783–5 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 19–24–8
52LFebruary 11, 19785–8 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 19–25–8
53WFebruary 12, 19788–3 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 20–25–8
54WFebruary 16, 19785–3 Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 21–25–8
55LFebruary 18, 19782–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 21–26–8
56WFebruary 19, 19785–1 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 22–26–8
57WFebruary 23, 19784–1 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 23–26–8
58TFebruary 25, 19782–2 @ Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 23–26–9
59LFebruary 26, 19781–3 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 23–27–9
60LFebruary 28, 19783–9 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 23–28–9
61LMarch 1, 19782–3 @ New York Rangers (1977–78) 23–29–9
62WMarch 4, 19783–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 24–29–9
63WMarch 5, 19784–3 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 25–29–9
64TMarch 9, 19782–2 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 25–29–10
65WMarch 11, 19785–4 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 26–29–10
66TMarch 12, 19784–4 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 26–29–11
67TMarch 16, 19783–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 26–29–12
68WMarch 18, 19785–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 27–29–12
69LMarch 19, 19784–6 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 27–30–12
70WMarch 22, 19784–1 Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 28–30–12
71TMarch 25, 19782–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 28–30–13
72WMarch 26, 19784–1 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 29–30–13
73WMarch 28, 19787–0 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 30–30–13
74LMarch 30, 19780–4 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 30–31–13
75LApril 1, 19780–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 30–32–13
76LApril 2, 19782–5 New York Islanders (1977–78) 30–33–13
77TApril 5, 19785–5 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 30–33–14
78WApril 6, 19786–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 31–33–14
79LApril 8, 19781–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 31–34–14
80WApril 9, 19784–0 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 32–34–14

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Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
McCourt, DaleDale McCourt C 76 33 39 72 10101035
St. Laurent, AndreAndre St. Laurent C 77 31 39 70 10871004
Larson, ReedReed Larson D 75 19 41 60 95-8714
Hextall, DennisDennis Hextall LW 78 16 33 49 195-5223
Libett, NickNick Libett LW 80 23 22 45 46-3111
Maloney, DanDan Maloney LW 66 16 29 45 1514301
Woods, PaulPaul Woods LW 80 19 23 42 5218323
Lochead, BillBill Lochead LW 77 20 16 36 476204
Polonich, DennisDennis Polonich C/RW 79 16 19 35 254-5500
Nedomansky, VaclavVaclav Nedomansky RW 63 11 17 28 2-17501
Joly, GregGreg Joly D 79 7 20 27 73-4202
Miller, PerryPerry Miller D 62 4 17 21 120-5011
Bowness, RickRick Bowness RW 61 8 11 19 76-8202
Harper, TerryTerry Harper D 80 2 17 19 8519000
Hull, DennisDennis Hull LW 55 5 9 14 6-20201
Wright, LarryLarry Wright C 66 3 6 9 13-12000
Cameron, AlAl Cameron D 63 2 7 9 94-12100
Hamel, JeanJean Hamel D 32 2 6 8 343000
Bergman, ThommieThommie Bergman D 14 1 6 7 161000
Thompson, ErrolErrol Thompson LW 14 5 1 6 2-4100
Grant, DannyDanny Grant RW 13 2 2 4 6-2100
McDonough, AlAl McDonough RW 13 2 2 4 42000
Ritchie, BobBob Ritchie LW 11 2 2 4 0-1100
Plumb, RobRob Plumb LW 7 2 1 3 0-4100
Giroux, LarryLarry Giroux D 5 0 3 3 4-5000
LeBlanc, J.P.J.P. LeBlanc C 3 0 2 2 41000
Rutherford, JimJim Rutherford G 43 0 2 2 20000
Bergeron, MichelMichel Bergeron RW 3 1 0 1 0-2000
Low, RonRon Low G 32 0 1 1 00000
Cloutier, RolandRoland Cloutier C 1 0 0 0 0-2000
Giacomin, EdEd Giacomin G 9 0 0 0 00000
Hilworth, JohnJohn Hilworth D 5 0 0 0 120000
LeBlanc, FernFern LeBlanc C 2 0 0 0 0-2000
Sheehy, TimTim Sheehy RW 15 0 0 0 0-13000
Vasko, RickRick Vasko D 3 0 0 0 7-1000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Rutherford, JimJim Rutherford 2468 43 20 17 4 134 3.26 1
Low, RonRon Low 1816 32 9 12 9 102 3.37 1
Giacomin, EdEd Giacomin 516 9 3 5 1 27 3.14 0
Team: 4800 80 32 34 14 263 3.29 2

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Nedomansky, VaclavVaclav Nedomansky RW 7 3 5 8 0100
McCourt, DaleDale McCourt C 7 4 2 6 2200
Woods, PaulPaul Woods LW 7 0 5 5 4000
Libett, NickNick Libett LW 7 3 1 4 0100
Lochead, BillBill Lochead LW 7 3 0 3 6001
Thompson, ErrolErrol Thompson LW 7 2 1 3 2101
Hextall, DennisDennis Hextall LW 7 1 1 2 10011
St. Laurent, AndreAndre St. Laurent C 7 1 1 2 4000
Bergman, ThommieThommie Bergman D 7 0 2 2 2000
Larson, ReedReed Larson D 7 0 2 2 4000
Polonich, DennisDennis Polonich C/RW 7 1 0 1 19000
Cameron, AlAl Cameron D 7 0 1 1 2000
Harper, TerryTerry Harper D 7 0 1 1 4000
Rutherford, JimJim Rutherford G 3 0 1 1 0000
Bowness, RickRick Bowness RW 4 0 0 0 2000
Giroux, LarryLarry Giroux D 2 0 0 0 2000
Hamel, JeanJean Hamel D 7 0 0 0 10000
Hull, DennisDennis Hull LW 7 0 0 0 2000
Joly, GregGreg Joly D 5 0 0 0 8000
LeBlanc, J.P.J.P. LeBlanc C 2 0 0 0 0000
Low, RonRon Low G 4 0 0 0 0000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Rutherford, JimJim Rutherford 180 3 2 1 12 4.00 0
Low, RonRon Low 240 4 1 3 17 4.25 0
Team: 420 7 3 4 29 4.14 0

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Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus-minus PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals;
      MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts;

TransactionsEdit

The Red Wings were involved in the following transactions during the 1977-78 season.

TradesEdit

Player acquired Acquired fromFor
Andre St. Laurent New York Islanders Michel Bergeron
Cash Philadelphia Flyers Terry Murray
Dennis Hull Chicago Blackhawks Red Wings' 4th Round Draft Pick in 1980
Errol Thompson, 1st and 2nd Round Draft Pick in 1978, 1st Round Draft Pick in 1980 Toronto Maple Leafs Dan Maloney, 2nd Round Draft Pick in 1980

Free AgentsEdit

Player Former team
Player New team

Draft picksEdit

Detroit's picks at the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft in Mount Royal Hotel in Montreal, Quebec.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/junior/club team (League)
1 1 Dale McCourt Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada St. Catharines Fincups (OHA)
3 37 Rick Vasko Defense Flag of Canada.svg Canada Peterborough Petes (OHA)
4 55 John Hilworth Defense Flag of Canada.svg Canada Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL)
5 73 Jim Korn Defense Flag of the United States United States Providence College (ECAC)
6 91 Jim Baxter Goaltender Flag of Canada.svg Canada Union College (ECAC)
7 109 Randy Wilson Left Wing Flag of the United States United States Providence College (ECAC)
8 125 Ray Roy Center Flag of the United States United States Sherbrooke Castors (QMJHL)
9 141 Kip Churchill Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Union College (ECAC)
10 155 Lance Gatoni Defense Flag of Canada.svg Canada University of Toronto (CIAU)
11 163 Rob Plumb Left Wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Kingston Canadians (OHA)
12 170 Alain Belanger Left Wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Trois-Rivières Draveurs (QMJHL)
13 175 Dean Willers Right Wing Flag of Great Britain United Kingdom Union College (ECAC)
14 178 Roland Cloutier Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Trois-Rivières Draveurs (QMJHL)
15 181 Ed Hill Right Wing Flag of the United States United States University of Vermont (ECAC)
16 184 Val James Left Wing Flag of the United States United States Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
17 185 Grant Morin Right Wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Calgary Centennials (WCHL)
Reference: 1977 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved on 6 January 2009.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1977–78 Detroit Red Wings Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-03.
  2. 1977-78 Detroit Red Wings Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-02.
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