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1977-78NYR

1977-78 New York Rangers

1977–78 New York Rangers · NHL
Division 4th Patrick
Conference 5th Clarence Campbell
1977–78 record 30-37-13
Goals for 279
Goals against 280
General Manager John Ferguson
Coach Jean-Guy Talbot
Captain Phil Esposito
Arena Madison Square Garden
Team leaders
Goals Pat Hickey (40)
Assists Ron Greschner (48)
Points Phil Esposito (81)
Penalties in minutes Carol Vadnais (115)
Wins John Davidson (14)

The 1977–78 New York Rangers season was the fifty-second season of the New York Rangers franchise. The Rangers slipped to last in the Patrick but qualified for the playoffs by having one of the top twelve records in the league. The Rangers lost in the first round of the playoffs.


OffseasonEdit

The Rangers hired Jean-Guy Talbot as their new head coach. It would be his only season as head coach of the Rangers.

Regular seasonEdit

Season StandingsEdit

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Islanders 80 48 17 15 334 210 111
Philadelphia Flyers 80 45 20 15 296 200 105
Atlanta Flames 80 34 27 19 274 252 87
New York Rangers 80 30 37 13 279 280 73

Game logEdit

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 12, 19776–3 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 1–0–0
2LOctober 15, 19770–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 1–1–0
3WOctober 16, 19774–2 New York Islanders (1977–78) 2–1–0
4TOctober 19, 19773–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 2–1–1
5LOctober 22, 19772–7 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 2–2–1
6LOctober 23, 19772–6 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 2–3–1
7WOctober 25, 19775–0 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 3–3–1
8WOctober 26, 19776–2 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 4–3–1
9LOctober 29, 19773–4 @ Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 4–4–1
10LOctober 30, 19773–5 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 4–5–1
11LNovember 2, 19772–6 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 4–6–1
12WNovember 4, 19775–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 5–6–1
13LNovember 5, 19771–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 5–7–1
14WNovember 9, 19778–4 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 6–7–1
15LNovember 12, 19771–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 6–8–1
16LNovember 13, 19772–5 Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 6–9–1
17WNovember 16, 19775–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 7–9–1
18TNovember 19, 19775–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 7–9–2
19LNovember 20, 19770–3 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 7–10–2
20WNovember 23, 19776–3 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 8–10–2
21LNovember 26, 19772–3 @ Boston Bruins (1977–78) 8–11–2
22LNovember 27, 19772–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 8–12–2
23WNovember 30, 19774–0 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 9–12–2
24WDecember 3, 19774–0 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 10–12–2
25TDecember 4, 19774–4 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 10–12–3
26TDecember 7, 19773–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 10–12–4
27LDecember 8, 19774–7 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 10–13–4
28LDecember 11, 19772–8 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 10–14–4
29TDecember 14, 19772–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 10–14–5
30TDecember 15, 19775–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 10–14–6
31LDecember 17, 19772–4 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 10–15–6
32WDecember 18, 19776–2 Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 11–15–6
33TDecember 21, 19775–5 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 11–15–7
34WDecember 23, 19775–4 Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 12–15–7
35LDecember 28, 19773–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 12–16–7
36TDecember 30, 19773–3 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 12–16–8
37TDecember 31, 19772–2 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 12–16–9
38WJanuary 4, 19785–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 13–16–9
39LJanuary 7, 19781–3 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 13–17–9
40LJanuary 9, 19783–5 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 13–18–9
41WJanuary 10, 19783–2 @ Boston Bruins (1977–78) 14–18–9
42LJanuary 14, 19781–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 14–19–9
43WJanuary 17, 19785–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 15–19–9
44WJanuary 18, 19783–0 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 16–19–9
45LJanuary 20, 19783–5 @ Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 16–20–9
46LJanuary 22, 19781–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 16–21–9
47LJanuary 25, 19783–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 16–22–9
48LJanuary 28, 19782–6 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 16–23–9
49LJanuary 29, 19781–4 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 16–24–9
50LFebruary 1, 19786–7 New York Islanders (1977–78) 16–25–9
51TFebruary 4, 19782–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 16–25–10
52WFebruary 5, 19786–3 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 17–25–10
53WFebruary 8, 19783–0 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 18–25–10
54LFebruary 9, 19780–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 18–26–10
55LFebruary 11, 19782–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 18–27–10
56LFebruary 12, 19783–5 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 18–28–10
57WFebruary 15, 19786–3 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 19–28–10
58TFebruary 19, 19784–4 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 19–28–11
59LFebruary 22, 19782–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 19–29–11
60WFebruary 23, 19786–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 20–29–11
61WFebruary 25, 19786–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 21–29–11
62LFebruary 27, 19783–5 Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 21–30–11
63WMarch 1, 19783–2 Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 22–30–11
64LMarch 5, 19781–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 22–31–11
65WMarch 8, 19786–1 Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 23–31–11
66WMarch 12, 19788–2 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 24–31–11
67TMarch 15, 19782–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 24–31–12
68LMarch 18, 19783–6 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 24–32–12
69TMarch 19, 19787–7 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 24–32–13
70WMarch 22, 19786–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 25–32–13
71WMarch 24, 197811–4 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 26–32–13
72WMarch 25, 19785–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 27–32–13
73WMarch 27, 19785–2 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 28–32–13
74WMarch 29, 19785–1 New York Islanders (1977–78) 29–32–13
75LApril 1, 19780–6 @ Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 29–33–13
76LApril 2, 19783–8 @ Boston Bruins (1977–78) 29–34–13
77LApril 5, 19782–4 Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 29–35–13
78LApril 6, 19780–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 29–36–13
79LApril 8, 19782–7 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 29–37–13
80WApril 9, 19783–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 30–37–13

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Esposito, PhilPhil Esposito C 79 38 43 81 53-222105
Hickey, PatPat Hickey LW 80 40 33 73 47-191013
Greschner, RonRon Greschner D 78 24 48 72 1003815
Tkaczuk, WaltWalt Tkaczuk C 80 26 40 66 3015613
Vickers, SteveSteve Vickers LW 79 19 44 63 3010902
Murdoch, DonDon Murdoch RW 66 27 28 55 41-51001
Vadnais, CarolCarol Vadnais D 80 6 40 46 115-25311
Duguay, RonRon Duguay C/RW 71 20 20 40 43-17301
DeBlois, LucienLucien DeBlois C 71 22 8 30 27-11103
Johnstone, EddieEddie Johnstone RW 53 13 13 26 44-3210
Polis, GregGreg Polis LW 37 7 16 23 12-3041
Maloney, DaveDave Maloney D 56 2 19 21 6318000
Dillon, WayneWayne Dillon C 59 5 13 18 15-8101
McEwen, MikeMike McEwen D 57 5 13 18 52-11200
Newman, DanDan Newman LW 59 5 13 18 22-11001
Heaslip, MarkMark Heaslip RW 29 5 10 15 343000
Awrey, DonDon Awrey D 78 2 8 10 38-14001
Fotiu, NickNick Fotiu LW 59 2 7 9 105-14000
Gilbert, RodRod Gilbert RW 19 2 7 9 6-10100
Farrish, DaveDave Farrish D 66 3 5 8 62-13010
Hodge, KenKen Hodge RW 18 2 4 6 8-6101
Smith, DallasDallas Smith D 29 1 4 5 23-11000
Byers, JerryJerry Byers LW 7 2 1 3 0-1001
Marois, MarioMario Marois D 8 1 1 2 15-3000
Goldsworthy, BillBill Goldsworthy RW 7 0 1 1 121000
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas G 41 0 1 1 90000
Astrom, HardyHardy Astrom G 4 0 0 0 00000
Davidson, JohnJohn Davidson G 34 0 0 0 100000
Gosselin, BenoitBenoit Gosselin LW 7 0 0 0 33-3000
Hickey, GregGreg Hickey LW 1 0 0 0 0-1000
Holst, GregGreg Holst C 4 0 0 0 0-1000
Keating, MikeMike Keating LW 1 0 0 0 0-1000
Soetaert, DougDoug Soetaert G 6 0 0 0 00000
Stefanski, BudBud Stefanski C 1 0 0 0 0-1000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Davidson, JohnJohn Davidson 1848 34 14 13 4 98 3.18 1
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas 2352 41 12 20 7 141 3.60 4
Astrom, HardyHardy Astrom 240 4 2 2 0 14 3.50 0
Soetaert, DougDoug Soetaert 360 6 2 2 2 20 3.33 0
Team: 4800 80 30 37 13 273 3.41 5

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Murdoch, DonDon Murdoch RW 3 1 3 4 4001
Vickers, SteveSteve Vickers LW 3 2 1 3 0000
Hickey, PatPat Hickey LW 3 2 0 2 0100
Duguay, RonRon Duguay C/RW 3 1 1 2 2100
Tkaczuk, WaltWalt Tkaczuk C 3 0 2 2 0000
Vadnais, CarolCarol Vadnais D 3 0 2 2 16000
Dillon, WayneWayne Dillon C 3 0 1 1 0000
Esposito, PhilPhil Esposito C 3 0 1 1 5000
Smith, DallasDallas Smith D 1 0 1 1 0000
Awrey, DonDon Awrey D 3 0 0 0 6000
Davidson, JohnJohn Davidson G 2 0 0 0 0000
DeBlois, LucienLucien DeBlois C 3 0 0 0 2000
Farrish, DaveDave Farrish D 3 0 0 0 0000
Fotiu, NickNick Fotiu LW 3 0 0 0 5000
Greschner, RonRon Greschner D 3 0 0 0 2000
Heaslip, MarkMark Heaslip RW 3 0 0 0 0000
Maloney, DaveDave Maloney D 3 0 0 0 11000
Marois, MarioMario Marois D 1 0 0 0 5000
Newman, DanDan Newman LW 3 0 0 0 4000
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas G 1 0 0 0 0000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Davidson, JohnJohn Davidson 122 2 1 1 7 3.44 0
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas 60 1 0 1 4 4.00 0
Team: 182 3 1 2 11 3.63 0

[1]

Note: Pos = Position; 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;

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

RosterEdit

Draft picksEdit

Farm teamsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1977-78 New York Rangers Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-15.
  2. Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009-10, p.425, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6
New York Rangers
Team FranchisePlayersCoachesGMsSeasonsRecordsDraft picksHistory
Madison Square Garden
Stanley Cups 1928, 1933, 1940, 1994
Affiliates Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL), Greenville Road Warriors (ECHL)


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