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78-79DetRW
1978–79 Detroit Red Wings · NHL
Division 5th Norris
1978–79 record 23–41–16
Goals for 252
Goals against 295
Coach Bobby Kromm
Captain Dennis Hextall
Nick Libett and
Paul Woods
Team leaders



OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Final standingsEdit

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 80 52 17 11 337 204 115
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 36 31 13 281 279 85
Los Angeles Kings 80 34 34 12 292 286 80
Washington Capitals 80 24 41 15 273 338 63
Detroit Red Wings 80 23 41 16 252 295 62

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
1LOctober 11, 19784–5 St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 0–1–0
2LOctober 14, 19781–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 0–2–0
3WOctober 15, 19783–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 1–2–0
4TOctober 18, 19783–3 @ New York Rangers (1978–79) 1–2–1
5TOctober 19, 19782–2 New York Rangers (1978–79) 1–2–2
6TOctober 21, 19784–4 Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 1–2–3
7WOctober 25, 19785–4 Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 2–2–3
8WOctober 27, 19785–2 @ Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 3–2–3
9WOctober 28, 19787–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 4–2–3
10LNovember 1, 19781–4 Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 4–3–3
11LNovember 4, 19783–7 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 4–4–3
12TNovember 5, 19783–3 @ Washington Capitals (1978–79) 4–4–4
13LNovember 8, 19784–6 Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 4–5–4
14LNovember 9, 19783–8 @ Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 4–6–4
15WNovember 11, 19787–1 Boston Bruins (1978–79) 5–6–4
16LNovember 15, 19783–5 @ Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 5–7–4
17LNovember 18, 19781–3 Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 5–8–4
18LNovember 19, 19783–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 5–9–4
19TNovember 22, 19783–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 5–9–5
20LNovember 25, 19780–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 5–10–5
21WNovember 26, 19784–2 Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 6–10–5
22TNovember 29, 19782–2 @ Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 6–10–6
23LDecember 1, 19781–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 6–11–6
24LDecember 2, 19782–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 6–12–6
25TDecember 6, 19782–2 Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 6–12–7
26LDecember 7, 19785–6 @ Boston Bruins (1978–79) 6–13–7
27WDecember 9, 19785–4 New York Rangers (1978–79) 7–13–7
28TDecember 10, 19783–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 7–13–8
29TDecember 13, 19785–5 Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 7–13–9
30LDecember 14, 19781–4 @ New York Islanders (1978–79) 7–14–9
31LDecember 16, 19782–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1978–79) 7–15–9
32LDecember 17, 19780–3 New York Islanders (1978–79) 7–16–9
33WDecember 20, 19787–2 Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 8–16–9
34LDecember 22, 19782–4 @ New York Rangers (1978–79) 8–17–9
35TDecember 23, 19782–2 Washington Capitals (1978–79) 8–17–10
36TDecember 26, 19782–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 8–17–11
37LDecember 27, 19782–5 Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 8–18–11
38LDecember 30, 19781–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 8–19–11
39LDecember 31, 19784–5 Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 8–20–11
40LJanuary 6, 19791–4 Washington Capitals (1978–79) 8–21–11
41LJanuary 7, 19793–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 8–22–11
42TJanuary 10, 19795–5 New York Islanders (1978–79) 8–22–12
43TJanuary 11, 19793–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 8–22–13
44LJanuary 13, 19793–7 Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 8–23–13
45WJanuary 17, 19794–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 9–23–13
46LJanuary 19, 19791–5 @ Washington Capitals (1978–79) 9–24–13
47LJanuary 20, 19793–4 Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 9–25–13
48TJanuary 25, 19796–6 @ Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 9–25–14
49LJanuary 27, 19793–6 Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 9–26–14
50LJanuary 28, 19792–7 @ Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 9–27–14
51WJanuary 30, 19797–4 Washington Capitals (1978–79) 10–27–14
52LFebruary 1, 19791–6 @ Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 10–28–14
53LFebruary 3, 19792–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 10–29–14
54WFebruary 4, 19798–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 11–29–14
55LFebruary 14, 19792–3 Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 11–30–14
56WFebruary 18, 19796–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 12–30–14
57LFebruary 19, 19792–6 Toronto Maple Leafs (1978–79) 12–31–14
58WFebruary 21, 19794–3 @ Washington Capitals (1978–79) 13–31–14
59LFebruary 24, 19791–3 @ New York Islanders (1978–79) 13–32–14
60WFebruary 25, 19798–1 Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 14–32–14
61LFebruary 28, 19795–6 St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 14–33–14
62WMarch 3, 19795–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 15–33–14
63LMarch 4, 19794–6 Boston Bruins (1978–79) 15–34–14
64LMarch 7, 19791–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 15–35–14
65TMarch 11, 19793–3 Washington Capitals (1978–79) 15–35–15
66TMarch 12, 19793–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 15–35–16
67WMarch 14, 19794–1 @ Washington Capitals (1978–79) 16–35–16
68WMarch 17, 19793–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 17–35–16
69WMarch 18, 19794–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 18–35–16
70WMarch 20, 19795–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 19–35–16
71WMarch 21, 19794–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1978–79) 20–35–16
72LMarch 24, 19792–5 @ Boston Bruins (1978–79) 20–36–16
73WMarch 25, 19792–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1978–79) 21–36–16
74LMarch 27, 19792–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 21–37–16
75LMarch 28, 19791–8 @ Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 21–38–16
76LMarch 31, 19794–5 Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 21–39–16
77WApril 1, 19793–1 Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 22–39–16
78LApril 4, 19791–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 22–40–16
79LApril 7, 19793–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 22–41–16
80WApril 8, 19791–0 Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 23–41–16

PlayoffsEdit

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Nedomansky, VaclavVaclav Nedomansky RW 80 38 35 73 19-131302
McCourt, DaleDale McCourt C 79 28 43 71 14-271423
Larson, ReedReed Larson D 79 18 49 67 169-20620
Thompson, ErrolErrol Thompson LW 70 23 31 54 26-28803
St. Laurent, AndreAndre St. Laurent C 76 18 31 49 124-31411
Labraaten, DanDan Labraaten LW 78 19 19 38 8-17703
Woods, PaulPaul Woods LW 80 14 23 37 59-26131
Libett, NickNick Libett LW 68 15 19 34 204310
Huber, WillieWillie Huber D 68 7 24 31 114-25402
Bolduc, DanDan Bolduc LW 56 16 13 29 14-9304
Miller, PerryPerry Miller D 75 5 23 28 156-13301
Bergman, ThommieThommie Bergman D 68 10 17 27 64-25311
Polonich, DennisDennis Polonich C/RW 62 10 12 22 208-10100
Cloutier, RolandRoland Cloutier C 19 6 6 12 20101
Hextall, DennisDennis Hextall LW 20 4 8 12 333200
LeBlanc, FernFern LeBlanc C 29 5 6 11 01100
Lochead, BillBill Lochead LW 40 4 7 11 20-4000
Carroll, GregGreg Carroll C 36 2 9 11 8-6100
Hogaboam, BillBill Hogaboam C 18 4 6 10 4-5101
LeBlanc, J.P.J.P. LeBlanc C 24 2 6 8 4-7200
Hamel, JeanJean Hamel D 52 2 4 6 72-9000
Harper, TerryTerry Harper D 51 0 6 6 58-3000
Joly, GregGreg Joly D 20 0 4 4 6-8000
Cameron, AlAl Cameron D 9 0 3 3 81000
Hilworth, JohnJohn Hilworth D 37 1 1 2 66-13000
Plumb, RobRob Plumb LW 7 1 1 2 2-1000
Gloeckner, LorryLorry Gloeckner D 13 0 2 2 6-7000
Rutherford, JimJim Rutherford G 32 0 2 2 40000
Taft, JohnJohn Taft D 15 0 2 2 42000
Vachon, RogieRogie Vachon G 50 0 1 1 210000
Davis, MalMal Davis LW 6 0 0 0 0-2000
Hanson, DaveDave Hanson D 11 0 0 0 26-1000
Peterson, BrentBrent Peterson C 5 0 0 0 00000
Short, SteveSteve Short LW 1 0 0 0 00000
Skaare, BjornBjorn Skaare C 1 0 0 0 00000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Rutherford, JimJim Rutherford 1892 32 13 14 5 103 3.27 1
Vachon, RogieRogie Vachon 2908 50 10 27 11 189 3.90 0
Team: 4800 80 23 41 16 292 3.65 1

[1]

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;

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

RosterEdit

Draft picksEdit

  • Ladislav Svozil was the first Czechoslovakian player drafted in the history of the NHL Draft. The Red Wings selected Svozil with their 14th pick in the 1978 Draft.[2]

Farm teamsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1978-79 Detroit Red Wings Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-02.
  2. Hockey’s Book of Firsts, p.46, James Duplacey, JG Press, ISBN 978-1-57215-037-9

External linksEdit

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