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1981–82 Edmonton Oilers · NHL
Division 1st Smythe
Conference 1st Campbell
1981–82 record 48–17–15
Home record 31–5–4
Road record 17–12–11
Goals for 417 (1st)
Goals against 295 (7th)
General Manager Glen Sather
Coach Glen Sather
Captain Lee Fogolin
Alternate captains none
Arena Northlands Coliseum
Team leaders
Goals Wayne Gretzky (92)
Assists Wayne Gretzky (120)
Points Wayne Gretzky (212)
Penalties in minutes Dave Semenko (194)
Wins Grant Fuhr (28)
Goals against average Grant Fuhr (3.31)

The 1981–82 Edmonton Oilers season was the Oilers' 3rd season in the NHL, as they finished with a franchise record 48 wins and 111 points, and won the Smythe Division for the first time in team history. The Oilers would set an NHL record win 417 goals, the first time in NHL history that a team finished with over 400 goals.

Wayne Gretzky would continue rewriting the record books, scoring an NHL record 92 goals, which included 50 goals in 39 games, also an NHL record. Gretzky's 212 points was also a record, and it was the first time in NHL history that a player had over 200 points, as he would win his 3rd Hart Trophy and his 2nd Art Ross Trophy.

Mark Messier would break the 50 goal plateau for the first time in his career, while Glenn Anderson would get 105 points. Paul Coffey would lead the defense with 89 points.

In goal, Grant Fuhr would become the starting goalie, and would break the Oilers franchise record for wins in a season with 28. He would also lead the club with a 3.31 GAA and a .898 save percentage.

Going into the playoffs, the Oilers would face the Los Angeles Kings, and after splitting the first 2 games, the Oilers held a 5–0 lead on the Kings heading into the 3rd period of game 3. Los Angeles would come back to tie the game 5–5, before completing the comeback with an overtime goal, taking a 2–1 series lead. Edmonton would come back to tie the series in game 4, but the Kings would eliminate Edmonton in game 5, shocking the hockey world, and ending the Oilers season a lot sooner than expected.

Season standingsEdit

Smythe Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Edmonton Oilers 80 48 17 15 417 295 111
Vancouver Canucks 80 30 33 17 290 288 77
Calgary Flames 80 29 34 17 334 345 75
Los Angeles Kings 80 24 41 15 314 369 63
Colorado Rockies 80 18 49 13 241 362 49

Game logEdit

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Pts
1 October 7 Colorado Rockies 4–7 Edmonton Oilers 1–0–0 2
2 October 9 Edmonton Oilers 2–6 Vancouver Canucks 1–1–0 2
3 October 10 Edmonton Oilers 7–4 Los Angeles Kings 2–1–0 4
4 October 14 Winnipeg Jets 4–2 Edmonton Oilers 2–2–0 4
5 October 16 Calgary Flames 4–8 Edmonton Oilers 3–2–0 6
6 October 18 Edmonton Oilers 5–7 Chicago Black Hawks 3–3–0 6
7 October 20 Edmonton Oilers 5–4 Calgary Flames 4–3–0 8
8 October 21 Hartford Whalers 2–5 Edmonton Oilers 5–3–0 10
9 October 23 Pittsburgh Penguins 3–8 Edmonton Oilers 6–3–0 12
10 October 24 Edmonton Oilers 3–1 Colorado Rockies 7–3–0 14
11 October 27 Edmonton Oilers 3–4 New York Islanders 7–4–0 14
12 October 28 Edmonton Oilers 5–3 New York Rangers 8–4–0 16
13 October 31 Quebec Nordiques 4–11 Edmonton Oilers 9–4–0 18
14 November 4 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–6 Edmonton Oilers 10–4–0 20
15 November 7 Colorado Rockies 5–4 Edmonton Oilers 10–5–0 20
16 November 11 Edmonton Oilers 4–4 Hartford Whalers 10–5–1 21
17 November 12 Edmonton Oilers 2–5 Boston Bruins 10–6–1 21
18 November 14 Edmonton Oilers 5–5 New York Islanders 10–6–2 22
19 November 15 Edmonton Oilers 5–3 New York Rangers 11–6–2 24
20 November 17 Edmonton Oilers 5–1 St. Louis Blues 12–6–2 26
21 November 18 Edmonton Oilers 2–2 Minnesota North Stars 12–6–3 27
22 November 21 Vancouver Canucks 3–8 Edmonton Oilers 13–6–3 29
23 November 23 Detroit Red Wings 4–8 Edmonton Oilers 14–6–3 31
24 November 25 Los Angeles Kings 4–11 Edmonton Oilers 15–6–3 33
25 November 27 Chicago Black Hawks 1–8 Edmonton Oilers 16–6–3 35
26 November 29 Edmonton Oilers 10–2 Winnipeg Jets 17–6–3 37
27 December 1 Edmonton Oilers 3–3 Montreal Canadiens 17–6–4 38
28 December 2 Edmonton Oilers 8–9 Quebec Nordiques 17–7–4 38
29 December 4 Vancouver Canucks 3–7 Edmonton Oilers 18–7–4 40
30 December 5 Edmonton Oilers 3–3 Vancouver Canucks 18–7–5 41
31 December 9 Edmonton Oilers 5–5 Los Angeles Kings 18–7–6 42
32 December 13 New York Islanders 3–4 Edmonton Oilers 19–7–6 44
33 December 16 Edmonton Oilers 7–4 Colorado Rockies 20–7–6 46
34 December 17 Edmonton Oilers 5–4 Calgary Flames 21–7–6 48
35 December 19 Minnesota North Stars 6–9 Edmonton Oilers 22–7–6 50
36 December 20 Calgary Flames 7–5 Edmonton Oilers 22–8–6 50
37 December 23 Vancouver Canucks 1–6 Edmonton Oilers 23–8–6 52
38 December 27 Los Angeles Kings 3–10 Edmonton Oilers 24–8–6 54
39 December 30 Philadelphia Flyers 5–7 Edmonton Oilers 25–8–6 56
40 December 31 Edmonton Oilers 1–3 Vancouver Canucks 25–9–6 56
41 January 2 Boston Bruins 4–4 Edmonton Oilers 25–9–7 57
42 January 6 Colorado Rockies 3–5 Edmonton Oilers 26–9–7 59
43 January 9 Calgary Flames 2–7 Edmonton Oilers 27–9–7 61
44 January 10 Edmonton Oilers 1–5 Calgary Flames 27–10–7 61
45 January 13 Edmonton Oilers 6–6 Washington Capitals 27–10–8 62
46 January 14 Edmonton Oilers 2–8 Philadelphia Flyers 27–11–8 62
47 January 16 Edmonton Oilers 1–7 Toronto Maple Leafs 27–12–8 62
48 January 17 Edmonton Oilers 4–4 Detroit Red Wings 27–12–9 63
49 January 20 St. Louis Blues 6–8 Edmonton Oilers 28–12–9 65
50 January 22 Edmonton Oilers 4–3 Vancouver Canucks 29–12–9 67
51 January 24 Colorado Rockies 4–7 Edmonton Oilers 30–12–9 69
52 January 26 Edmonton Oilers 6–4 St. Louis Blues 31–12–9 71
53 January 27 Edmonton Oilers 3–3 Chicago Black Hawks 31–12–10 72
54 January 29 Buffalo Sabres 1–3 Edmonton Oilers 32–12–10 74
55 January 31 Philadelphia Flyers 4–7 Edmonton Oilers 33–12–10 76
56 February 3 Montreal Canadiens 6–3 Edmonton Oilers 33–13–10 76
57 February 6 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–5 Edmonton Oilers 34–13–10 78
58 February 7 New York Rangers 4–8 Edmonton Oilers 35–13–10 80
59 February 12 Washington Capitals 3–5 Edmonton Oilers 36–13–10 82
60 February 14 Boston Bruins 2–2 Edmonton Oilers 36–13–11 83
61 February 17 Minnesota North Stars 4–7 Edmonton Oilers 37–13–11 85
62 February 19 Hartford Whalers 4–7 Edmonton Oilers 38–13–11 87
63 February 21 Edmonton Oilers 7–3 Detroit Red Wings 39–13–11 89
64 February 24 Edmonton Oilers 6–3 Buffalo Sabres 40–13–11 91
65 February 27 Edmonton Oilers 4–1 Pittsburgh Penguins 41–13–11 93
66 February 28 Edmonton Oilers 4–1 Washington Capitals 42–13–11 95
67 March 2 Edmonton Oilers 2–2 Montreal Canadiens 42–13–12 96
68 March 3 Edmonton Oilers 3–6 Quebec Nordiques 42–14–12 96
69 March 6 Edmonton Oilers 2–5 Colorado Rockies 42–15–12 96
70 March 10 Edmonton Oilers 2–3 Los Angeles Kings 42–16–12 96
71 March 12 Buffalo Sabres 3–2 Edmonton Oilers 42–17–12 96
72 March 13 Vancouver Canucks 3–5 Edmonton Oilers 43–17–12 98
73 March 15 Los Angeles Kings 3–3 Edmonton Oilers 43–17–13 99
74 March 17 Pittsburgh Penguins 4–10 Edmonton Oilers 44–17–13 101
75 March 19 Calgary Flames 3–3 Edmonton Oilers 44–17–14 102
76 March 25 Edmonton Oilers 7–2 Calgary Flames 45–17–14 104
77 March 26 Edmonton Oilers 6–6 Colorado Rockies 45–17–15 105
78 March 28 Edmonton Oilers 6–2 Los Angeles Kings 46–17–15 107
79 March 31 Los Angeles Kings 3–7 Edmonton Oilers 47–17–15 109
80 April 4 Winnipeg Jets 1–2 Edmonton Oilers 48–17–15 111

PlayoffsEdit

Los Angeles Kings 3, Edmonton Oilers 2 Edit

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 7 Los Angeles Kings 10–8 Edmonton Oilers 0–1
2 April 8 Los Angeles Kings 2–3 Edmonton Oilers 1–1
3 April 10 Edmonton Oilers 5–6 Los Angeles Kings 1–2
4 April 12 Edmonton Oilers 3–2 Los Angeles Kings 2–2
5 April 13 Los Angeles Kings 7–4 Edmonton Oilers 2–3

Season statsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Wayne Gretzky 80 92 120 212 26
Glenn Anderson 80 38 67 105 71
Paul Coffey 80 29 60 89 106
Mark Messier 78 50 38 88 119
Jari Kurri 71 32 54 86 32

GoaltendingEdit

Player GP TOI W L T GA SO Save % GAA
Grant Fuhr 48 2847 28 5 14 157 0 .898 3.31
Ron Low 29 1554 17 7 1 100 0 .874 3.86
Andy Moog 8 399 3 5 0 32 0 .842 4.81

Playoff statsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Wayne Gretzky 5 5 7 12 8
Glenn Anderson 5 2 5 7 8
Jari Kurri 5 2 5 7 10
Risto Siltanen 5 3 2 5 10
Dave Lumley 5 2 1 3 21

GoaltendingEdit

Player GP TOI W L GA SO Save % GAA
Grant Fuhr 5 309 2 3 26 0 N/A 5.05


TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

August 10, 1981 To Los Angeles Kings
5th round pick in 1983 - Garry Galley
To Edmonton Oilers
Jay McFarlane
August 21, 1981 To Minnesota North Stars
Don Murdoch
To Edmonton Oilers
Don Jackson
*3rd round pick in 1982 - Wally Chapman
December 11, 1981 To New York Rangers
Eddie Mio
To Edmonton Oilers
Lance Nethery
March 9, 1982 To Colorado Rockies
Stan Weir
To Edmonton Oilers
Ed Cooper
March 9, 1982 To Toronto Maple Leafs
Walt Poddubny
Phil Drouillard
To Edmonton Oilers
Laurie Boschman
March 9, 1982 To Washington Capitals
Doug Hicks
To Edmonton Oilers
Todd Bidner

* Later traded to the Minnesota North Stars

Draft picksEdit

Edmonton's draft picks at the 1981 NHL Entry Draft

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
18 Grant Fuhr Flag of Canada.svg Canada Victoria Cougars (WHL)
229 Todd Strueby Flag of Canada.svg Canada Regina Pats (WHL)
471 Paul Houck Flag of Canada.svg Canada Kelowna Buckaroos (BCJHL)
592 Phil Drouillard Flag of Canada.svg Canada Niagara Falls Flyers (OHL)
6111 Steve Smith Flag of Canada.svg Canada London Knights (OHL)
7132 Marc Habscheid Flag of Canada.svg Canada Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
8155 Mike Sturgeon Flag of Canada.svg Canada Kelowna Buckaroos (BCJHL)
9176 Miloslav Horava Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Kladno Poldi (Czech.)
10197 Gord Sherven Flag of Canada.svg Canada Weyburn Beavers (SSHL)


Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Associated Press Athlete of the Year (male)


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