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78-79PitPen

1978-79 Pittsburgh Penguins

1978–79 Pittsburgh Penguins · NHL
Division 2nd Norris
Conference 4th Prince of Wales
1978–79 record 36-31-13
Goals for 281
Goals against 279
General Manager Baz Bastien
Coach Johnny Wilson
Captain Orest Kindrachuk
Arena Pittsburgh Civic Arena
Team leaders
Goals Greg Malone (35)
Assists Orest Kindrachuk (42)
Points Greg Malone (65)
Penalties in minutes Dave Schultz (157)
Wins Denis Herron (22)
Goals against average Denis Herron (3.37)

The 1978–79 Pittsburgh Penguins season was their twelfth in the National Hockey League. They finished second in the Norris Division, qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 1977. Their regular season was a marked improvement over the previous season, from 68 to 85 points.

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, 19782–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1978–79) 0–1–0
2LOctober 12, 19782–8 @ Boston Bruins (1978–79) 0–2–0
3TOctober 14, 19784–4 Boston Bruins (1978–79) 0–2–1
4LOctober 18, 19783–5 New York Islanders (1978–79) 0–3–1
5LOctober 19, 19781–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 0–4–1
6WOctober 21, 19785–1 Washington Capitals (1978–79) 1–4–1
7TOctober 25, 19786–6 St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 1–4–2
8LOctober 28, 19782–4 Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 1–5–2
9LOctober 29, 19782–3 @ New York Rangers (1978–79) 1–6–2
10LNovember 1, 19784–6 @ Washington Capitals (1978–79) 1–7–2
11LNovember 3, 19780–2 @ Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 1–8–2
12WNovember 4, 19787–3 Detroit Red Wings (1978–79) 2–8–2
13WNovember 8, 19786–3 Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 3–8–2
14TNovember 9, 19784–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 3–8–3
15LNovember 11, 19781–2 New York Rangers (1978–79) 3–9–3
16WNovember 16, 19786–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 4–9–3
17WNovember 18, 19783–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 5–9–3
18LNovember 22, 19782–3 Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 5–10–3
19LNovember 23, 19784–8 @ Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 5–11–3
20LNovember 25, 19781–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 5–12–3
21LNovember 26, 19782–8 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1978–79) 5–13–3
22WNovember 29, 19785–3 Washington Capitals (1978–79) 6–13–3
23WDecember 1, 19787–4 @ Washington Capitals (1978–79) 7–13–3
24WDecember 2, 19785–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 8–13–3
25TDecember 5, 19783–3 @ New York Islanders (1978–79) 8–13–4
26WDecember 6, 19786–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1978–79) 9–13–4
27TDecember 8, 19783–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 9–13–5
28TDecember 9, 19784–4 Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 9–13–6
29WDecember 13, 19783–0 St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 10–13–6
30LDecember 14, 19781–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 10–14–6
31WDecember 16, 19786–5 Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 11–14–6
32TDecember 17, 19783–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 11–14–7
33WDecember 21, 19784–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 12–14–7
34LDecember 23, 19783–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 12–15–7
35WDecember 27, 19785–2 Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 13–15–7
36WDecember 30, 19783–1 Detroit Red Wings (1978–79) 14–15–7
37WDecember 31, 19785–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1978–79) 15–15–7
38LJanuary 3, 19793–5 Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 15–16–7
39TJanuary 5, 19793–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 15–16–8
40LJanuary 6, 19793–4 Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 15–17–8
41WJanuary 10, 19793–2 Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 16–17–8
42WJanuary 13, 19795–3 Boston Bruins (1978–79) 17–17–8
43WJanuary 14, 19795–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 18–17–8
44WJanuary 16, 19795–0 Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 19–17–8
45LJanuary 17, 19791–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1978–79) 19–18–8
46LJanuary 20, 19792–5 Washington Capitals (1978–79) 19–19–8
47LJanuary 24, 19791–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 19–20–8
48LJanuary 25, 19793–5 @ Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 19–21–8
49WJanuary 27, 19795–3 Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 20–21–8
50LJanuary 31, 19791–4 Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 20–22–8
51WFebruary 3, 19794–2 Detroit Red Wings (1978–79) 21–22–8
52LFebruary 4, 19793–8 @ Detroit Red Wings (1978–79) 21–23–8
53WFebruary 15, 19796–5 Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 22–23–8
54WFebruary 17, 19796–3 Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 23–23–8
55LFebruary 18, 19792–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1978–79) 23–24–8
56WFebruary 21, 19793–1 Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 24–24–8
57LFebruary 22, 19790–12 @ Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 24–25–8
58WFebruary 24, 19795–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 25–25–8
59TFebruary 25, 19792–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 25–25–9
60WFebruary 28, 19795–3 Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 26–25–9
61LMarch 3, 19794–8 @ St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 26–26–9
62WMarch 4, 19797–2 @ Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 27–26–9
63LMarch 7, 19790–4 Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 27–27–9
64WMarch 10, 19793–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 28–27–9
65LMarch 11, 19790–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1978–79) 28–28–9
66WMarch 13, 19799–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 29–28–9
67TMarch 14, 19793–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 29–28–10
68WMarch 17, 19795–2 @ Washington Capitals (1978–79) 30–28–10
69WMarch 18, 19795–1 @ New York Rangers (1978–79) 31–28–10
70TMarch 21, 19792–2 Washington Capitals (1978–79) 31–28–11
71WMarch 22, 19793–1 @ Boston Bruins (1978–79) 32–28–11
72TMarch 24, 19793–3 @ New York Islanders (1978–79) 32–28–12
73TMarch 25, 19792–2 New York Islanders (1978–79) 32–28–13
74WMarch 27, 19795–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 33–28–13
75WMarch 28, 19797–1 New York Rangers (1978–79) 34–28–13
76LMarch 31, 19793–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 34–29–13
77LApril 1, 19792–7 Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 34–30–13
78WApril 3, 19793–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 35–30–13
79WApril 7, 19794–3 Detroit Red Wings (1978–79) 36–30–13
80LApril 8, 19792–5 @ Washington Capitals (1978–79) 36–31–13

Player statsEdit

SkatersEdit

Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; A= Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in Minutes

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Greg Malone 12 80 35 30 65 52 7 0 1 1 10
Orest Kindrachuk 26 79 18 42 60 84 7 4 1 5 7
Peter Lee 10 80 32 26 58 24 7 0 3 3 0
Peter Mahovlich 20 60 14 39 53 39 2 0 1 1 0
George Ferguson 11 80 21 29 50 37 7 2 1 3 0
Randy Carlyle 25 70 13 34 47 78 7 0 0 0 12
Ross Lonsberry 18 80 24 22 46 38 7 0 2 2 9
Rick Kehoe 17 57 27 18 45 2 7 0 2 2 0
Rod Schutt 23 74 24 21 45 33 7 2 0 2 4
Ron Stackhouse 3 75 10 33 43 54 7 0 0 0 4
Gregg Sheppard 19 60 15 22 37 9 7 1 2 3 0
Dale Tallon 4 63 5 24 29 35 - - - - -
Tom Bladon 2 78 4 23 27 64 7 0 4 4 2
Colin Campbell 6 65 2 18 20 137 7 1 4 5 30
Blair Chapman 9 71 10 8 18 18 7 1 0 1 2
Russ Anderson 7 72 3 13 16 93 2 0 0 0 0
Gary McAdam 16 28 5 9 14 2 7 2 1 3 0
Dave Schultz 8 47 4 9 13 157 - - - - -
Wayne Bianchin 14 40 7 4 11 20 - - - - -
Jacques Cossette 27 38 7 2 9 16 3 0 1 1 4
Denis Herron 1 56 0 2 2 18
Kim Davis 22 1 1 0 1 0 - - - - -
Bob Paradise 24 14 0 1 1 4 2 0 0 0 0
Gordie Laxton 30 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Jim Hamilton 23 2 0 0 0 0 5 3 0 3 0
Lex Hudson 5 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Tom Price 28 2 0 0 0 4 - - - - -
Mike Meeker 16, 8 4 0 0 0 5 - - - - -
Brian Spencer 22 7 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Greg Millen 29 28 0 0 0 0 - - - - -

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Penguins. Stats reflect time with the Penguins only. Traded mid-season

GoaltendersEdit

Note: GP= Games played; TOI= Time on ice (minutes); W= Wins; L= Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals Against Average

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA GP TOI W L GA SO GAA
Denis Herron 1 56 3208 22 19 12 180 0 3.37 7 421 2 5 24 0 3.42
Greg Millen 29 28 1532 14 11 1 86 2 3.37 - - - - - - -
Gordie Laxton 30 1 60 0 1 0 8 0 8.00 - - - - - - -

TransactionsEdit

The Penguins were involved in the following transactions during the 1978–79 season:

TradesEdit

June 14, 1978 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Tom Bladon
Orest Kindrachuk
Ross Lonsberry
To Philadelphia Flyers
1st round pick in 1978 Draft
(Behn Wilson)
June 14, 1978 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Randy Carlyle
George Ferguson
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Dave Burrows
September 6, 1978 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Gregg Sheppard
To Atlanta Flames
Jean Pronovost
October 9, 1978 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Dale Tallon
To Chicago Black Hawks
2nd round pick in 1980 Draft
(Ken Solheim)
October 18, 1978 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Rod Schutt
To Montreal Canadiens
1st round pick in 1981 Draft
(Mark Hunter)
November 17, 1978 To Pittsburgh Penguins
cash
To Vancouver Canucks
Dunc Wilson
February 6, 1979 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Gary McAdam
To Buffalo Sabres
Dave Schultz

Additions and subtractionsEdit

Additions
Player Former team Via
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Gene Carr Atlanta Flames free agency (1978-06-06)
Ed Gilbert Cincinnati Stingers (WHA) free agency (1978-10)

Draft picksEdit

Amateur DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
2 25. Mike Meeker Flag of Canada.svg Canada Peterborough Petes (OMJHL)
4 61. Shane Pearsall Flag of Canada.svg Canada Ottawa 67's (OMJHL)
5 75. Rob Garner Flag of Canada.svg Canada Toronto Marlboros (OMJHL)


ReferencesEdit

Pittsburgh Penguins
Team FranchisePlayersCoachesGMsSeasonsRecordsDraft picksMellon ArenaNew Pittsburgh Arena
Coaches Sullivan • Kelly • Schinkel • Boileau • WilsonJohnston • Angotti • Berry • Creamer • Ubriaco • Patrick • Johnson • Bowman • Constantine • Brooks • Hlinka • Kehoe • Olczyk • Therrien
Seasons 1967-681968-691969-701970-711971-721972-731973-741974-751975-761976-771977-781978-791979-801980-811981-821982-831983-841984-851985-861986-871987-881988-891989-901990-911991-921992-931993-941994-951995-961996-971997-981998-991999-002000-012001-022002-032003-042004-052005-062006-072007-08
Affiliates Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL), Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)



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