Fandom

Ice Hockey Wiki

1996–97 Edmonton Oilers season

54,204pages on
this wiki
Add New Page
Talk0 Share

Ad blocker interference detected!


Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.

1996–97 Edmonton Oilers · NHL
Division 3rd Pacific
Conference 7th Western
1996–97 record 36–37–9
Home record 21–16–4
Road record 15–21–5
Goals for 252 (T-7th)
Goals against 247 (T-16th)
General Manager Glen Sather
Coach Ron Low
Captain Kelly Buchberger
Alternate captains Luke Richardson
Doug Weight
Arena Edmonton Coliseum
Average attendance 16,044 (93.8%)
Team leaders
Goals Ryan Smyth (39)
Assists Doug Weight (61)
Points Doug Weight (82)
Penalties in minutes Kelly Buchberger (159)
Wins Curtis Joseph (32)
Goals against average Bob Essensa (2.83)

The 1996–97 Edmonton Oilers season was the Oilers' 18th season in the NHL, and they were coming off a 30–44–8 record, earning 68 points, in the 1995–96 season, failing to qualify for the post-season for the 4th straight season.

The Oilers would have their best season since 1991–92, as they would win 36 games, and earn 81 points, finishing in third place in the Pacific Division, and seventh in the Western Conference, earning their first playoff berth in five years. The main reason for the Oilers' turn-around was their solid goaltending and defensive hockey, allowing 247 goals, which was 57 fewer goals than the previous season.

Regular seasonEdit

Offensively, Doug Weight who lead the club once again in points, earning 82, and a club high 61 assists, while Ryan Smyth would have a breakout season, scoring a team high 39 goals and leading the team in power-play goals with 20. Andrei Kovalenko, acquired in the off-season, would score 32 goals and 59 points, while Jason Arnott would earn 57 points in 67 games. Rookie Mike Grier had 32 points in 79 games and Mariusz Czerkawski finished third on the team in goals with 26. Boris Mironov would anchor the defense, earning 32 points in only 55 games. Todd Marchant led the team in shorthanded goals with 4 and team captain Kelly Buchberger provided the team toughness, earning a club high 159 penalty minutes.

In goal, Curtis Joseph would get the majority of playing time, winning 32 games, while posting a 2.93 GAA and a .907 save percentage, and set a team record with 6 shutouts. Bob Essensa, and despite a strong GAA of 2.83, he would win only 4 games.

Season standingsEdit

Pacific Division
No. CR GP W L T GF GA Pts
11 Colorado Avalanche 82 49 24 9 277 205 107
24 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 82 36 33 13 243 231 85
37 Edmonton Oilers 82 36 37 9 252 247 81
49 Vancouver Canucks 82 35 40 7 257 273 77
510 Calgary Flames 82 32 41 9 214 239 73
612 Los Angeles Kings 82 28 43 11 214 268 67
713 San Jose Sharks 82 27 47 8 211 278 62

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Game logEdit

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Pts
1 October 4 Buffalo Sabres 3–4 Edmonton Oilers 1–0–0 2
2 October 6 Vancouver Canucks 0–2 Edmonton Oilers 2–0–0 4
3 October 8 Edmonton Oilers 4–2 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–0–0 6
4 October 9 Edmonton Oilers 0–2 Detroit Red Wings 3–1–0 6
5 October 11 St. Louis Blues 3–1 Edmonton Oilers 3–2–0 6
6 October 14 Edmonton Oilers 6–3 Phoenix Coyotes 4–2–0 8
7 October 15 Edmonton Oilers 2–7 Colorado Avalanche 4–3–0 8
8 October 20 Edmonton Oilers 3–6 Calgary Flames 4–4–0 8
9 October 22 Pittsburgh Penguins 2–5 Edmonton Oilers 5–4–0 10
10 October 24 Edmonton Oilers 8–2 Los Angeles Kings 6–4–0 12
11 October 26 Colorado Avalanche 4–2 Edmonton Oilers 6–5–0 12
12 October 30 Phoenix Coyotes 1–4 Edmonton Oilers 7–5–0 14
13 November 1 Vancouver Canucks 5–4 Edmonton Oilers 7–6–0 14
14 November 3 Edmonton Oilers 2–4 Chicago Blackhawks 7–7–0 14
15 November 6 Edmonton Oilers 2–5 Pittsburgh Penguins 7–8–0 14
16 November 7 Edmonton Oilers 6–0 Boston Bruins 8–8–0 16
17 November 9 Edmonton Oilers 3–7 Toronto Maple Leafs 8–9–0 16
18 November 11 Edmonton Oilers 2–3 Montreal Canadiens 8–10–0 16
19 November 13 Edmonton Oilers 4–0 Ottawa Senators 9–10–0 18
20 November 17 Dallas Stars 7–3 Edmonton Oilers 9–11–0 18
21 November 19 Chicago Blackhawks 4–4 Edmonton Oilers 9–11–1 19
22 November 21 New York Rangers 2–3 Edmonton Oilers 10–11–1 21
23 November 23 Calgary Flames 2–3 Edmonton Oilers 11–11–1 23
24 November 26 Edmonton Oilers 10–1 Calgary Flames 12–11–1 25
25 November 27 Los Angeles Kings 5–1 Edmonton Oilers 12–12–1 25
26 November 29 Edmonton Oilers 4–2 San Jose Sharks 13–12–1 27
27 December 1 Edmonton Oilers 2–4 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 13–13–1 27
28 December 4 Edmonton Oilers 0–2 Colorado Avalanche 13–14–1 27
29 December 6 Ottawa Senators 2–5 Edmonton Oilers 14–14–1 29
30 December 8 St. Louis Blues 3–2 Edmonton Oilers 14–15–1 29
31 December 10 Edmonton Oilers 0–0 Detroit Red Wings 14–15–2 30
32 December 12 Edmonton Oilers 2–2 Tampa Bay Lightning 14–15–3 31
33 December 15 Edmonton Oilers 3–6 Florida Panthers 14–16–3 31
34 December 18 Colorado Avalanche 4–4 Edmonton Oilers 14–16–4 32
35 December 20 New Jersey Devils 3–2 Edmonton Oilers 14–17–4 32
36 December 22 Detroit Red Wings 6–2 Edmonton Oilers 14–18–4 32
37 December 23 Edmonton Oilers 7–0 Vancouver Canucks 15–18–4 34
38 December 27 Philadelphia Flyers 6–4 Edmonton Oilers 15–19–4 34
39 December 28 San Jose Sharks 3–5 Edmonton Oilers 16–19–4 36
40 December 30 Los Angeles Kings 1–2 Edmonton Oilers 17–19–4 38
41 January 3 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–4 Edmonton Oilers 18–19–4 40
42 January 7 Edmonton Oilers 5–2 St. Louis Blues 19–19–4 42
43 January 8 Edmonton Oilers 1–4 Chicago Blackhawks 19–20–4 42
44 January 11 San Jose Sharks 2–1 Edmonton Oilers 19–21–4 42
45 January 12 Hartford Whalers 1–2 Edmonton Oilers 20–21–4 44
46 January 15 Florida Panthers 0–4 Edmonton Oilers 21–21–4 46
47 January 21 Edmonton Oilers 4–4 New York Rangers 21–21–5 47
48 January 22 Edmonton Oilers 1–8 New York Islanders 21–22–5 47
49 January 24 Edmonton Oilers 3–1 Buffalo Sabres 22–22–5 49
50 January 26 Edmonton Oilers 3–1 Washington Capitals 23–22–5 51
51 January 29 San Jose Sharks 1–3 Edmonton Oilers 24–22–5 53
52 January 31 New York Islanders 0–1 Edmonton Oilers 25–22–5 55
53 February 5 Calgary Flames 2–5 Edmonton Oilers 26–22–5 57
54 February 8 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 2–1 Edmonton Oilers 26–23–5 57
55 February 9 Washington Capitals 1–4 Edmonton Oilers 27–23–5 59
56 February 12 Boston Bruins 3–4 Edmonton Oilers 28–23–5 61
57 February 13 Edmonton Oilers 2–3 Calgary Flames 28–24–5 61
58 February 15 Edmonton Oilers 2–2 Los Angeles Kings 28–24–6 62
59 February 17 Edmonton Oilers 1–5 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 28–25–6 62
60 February 19 Toronto Maple Leafs 5–6 Edmonton Oilers 29–25–6 64
61 February 21 Colorado Avalanche 4–3 Edmonton Oilers 29–26–6 64
62 February 23 Edmonton Oilers 1–6 Dallas Stars 29–27–6 64
63 February 26 Edmonton Oilers 3–3 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 29–27–7 65
64 February 27 Edmonton Oilers 3–6 Los Angeles Kings 29–28–7 65
65 March 1 Montreal Canadiens 5–4 Edmonton Oilers 29–29–7 65
66 March 4 Los Angeles Kings 1–4 Edmonton Oilers 30–29–7 67
67 March 7 Edmonton Oilers 1–2 Dallas Stars 30–30–7 67
68 March 9 Edmonton Oilers 4–1 St. Louis Blues 31–30–7 69
69 March 11 Edmonton Oilers 1–6 New Jersey Devils 31–31–7 69
70 March 13 Edmonton Oilers 4–5 Philadelphia Flyers 31–32–7 69
71 March 15 Edmonton Oilers 4–2 Hartford Whalers 32–32–7 71
72 March 19 Tampa Bay Lightning 1–3 Edmonton Oilers 33–32–7 73
73 March 23 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 4–1 Edmonton Oilers 33–33–7 73
74 March 24 Edmonton Oilers 5–1 San Jose Sharks 34–33–7 75
75 March 28 Edmonton Oilers 3–4 San Jose Sharks 34–34–7 75
76 March 29 Edmonton Oilers 3–1 Phoenix Coyotes 35–34–7 77
77 March 31 Dallas Stars 3–1 Edmonton Oilers 35–35–7 77
78 April 3 Chicago Blackhawks 2–4 Edmonton Oilers 36–35–7 79
79 April 5 Vancouver Canucks 2–2 Edmonton Oilers 36–35–8 80
80 April 9 Detroit Red Wings 3–3 Edmonton Oilers 36–35–9 81
81 April 11 Phoenix Coyotes 6–2 Edmonton Oilers 36–36–9 81
82 April 12 Edmonton Oilers 4–5 Vancouver Canucks 36–37–9 81

PlayoffsEdit

The Oilers would face the Central Division winning Dallas Stars in the opening round of the playoffs. After splitting the first 2 games in Dallas, the Oilers returned home for game 3 for their first home playoff game since 1992, and found themselves losing 3–0 with about 4 minutes remaining in the 3rd period. Edmonton would then strike for 3 goals to tie the game, and Kelly Buchberger would provide the overtime heroics, as the Oilers would win the game 4–3 and take a 2–1 series lead. Dallas would tie the series up again in game 4, however, the Oilers would shock the Stars, winning 1–0 in double overtime in the 5th game in Dallas, and return to Edmonton in a position to clinch the series. The Stars would spoil the Oilers party, winning the 6th game 3–2, setting up a game 7 at Reunion Arena in Dallas. The game would be a memorable one, as the score was tied up at 3 as the teams would head into overtime. Todd Marchant would turn out to be the hero, scoring for the Oilers in the 1st overtime, as Edmonton would complete the upset, defeating the Stars in 7 games.

In the 2nd round, Edmonton would face the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Colorado Avalanche, who won the Pacific Division and had 26 more points than the Oilers during the season. The Avalanche would win the opening 2 games easily in Denver, and while the Oilers would rebound to win the 3rd game, the Avs proved to be too much for Edmonton to handle, as they would win the series in 5 games, ending the Oilers season.

Edmonton Oilers 4, Dallas Stars 3Edit

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 16 Edmonton Oilers 3–5 Dallas Stars 0–1
2 April 18 Edmonton Oilers 4–0 Dallas Stars 1–1
3 April 20 Dallas Stars 3–4 Edmonton Oilers 2–1
4 April 22 Dallas Stars 4–3 Edmonton Oilers 2–2
5 April 25 Edmonton Oilers 1–0 Dallas Stars 3–2
6 April 27 Dallas Stars 3–2 Edmonton Oilers 3–3
7 April 29 Edmonton Oilers 4–3 Dallas Stars 4–3 *
  • Curtis Joseph's 30th Birthday and he played.

Colorado Avalanche 4, Edmonton Oilers 1Edit

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 May 2 Edmonton Oilers 1–5 Colorado Avalanche 0–1
2 May 4 Edmonton Oilers 1–4 Colorado Avalanche 0–2
3 May 7 Colorado Avalanche 3–4 Edmonton Oilers 1–2
4 May 9 Colorado Avalanche 3–2 Edmonton Oilers 1–3
5 May 11 Edmonton Oilers 3–4 Colorado Avalanche 1–4

Season statsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Doug Weight 80 21 61 82 80
Ryan Smyth 82 39 22 61 76
Andrei Kovalenko 74 32 27 59 81
Jason Arnott 67 19 38 57 92
Mariusz Czerkawski 76 26 21 47 16

GoaltendingEdit

Player GP TOI W L T GA SO Save % GAA
Bob Essensa 19 868 4 8 0 41 1 .899 2.83
Curtis Joseph 72 4200 32 29 9 200 6 .907 2.93

Playoff statsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Doug Weight 12 3 8 11 8
Ryan Smyth 12 5 5 10 12
Boris Mironov 12 2 8 10 16
Jason Arnott 12 3 6 9 18
Kelly Buchberger 12 5 2 7 16

GoaltendingEdit

Player GP TOI W L GA SO Save % GAA
Curtis Joseph 12 767 5 7 36 1 .911 2.82

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

June 14, 1996 To Detroit Red Wings
Future considerations
To Edmonton Oilers
Bob Essensa
June 22, 1996 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Tyler Wright
To Edmonton Oilers
7th round pick in 1996 - Brandon Lafrance
September 6, 1996 To Montreal Canadiens
Scott Thornton
To Edmonton Oilers
Andrei Kovalenko
March 18, 1997 To Buffalo Sabres
Miroslav Satan
To Edmonton Oilers
Barrie Moore
Craig Millar
March 18, 1997 To Tampa Bay Lightning
Jeff Norton
To Edmonton Oilers
Drew Bannister
6th round pick in 1997 - Peter Sarno

Free agentsEdit

Player Former Team
F Jesse Belanger Vancouver Canucks
D Kevin Lowe New York Rangers
D Michel Petit Tampa Bay Lightning
F Petr Klima Pittsburgh Penguins
Player New Team
F David Roberts Vancouver Canucks
F Kent Manderville Hartford Whalers

Draft picksEdit

Edmonton's draft picks at the 1996 NHL Entry Draft

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
16 Boyd Devereaux Flag of Canada.svg Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
119 Matthieu Descoteaux Flag of Canada.svg Canada Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
232 Chris Hajt Flag of Canada.svg Canada Guelph Storm (OHL)
359 Tom Poti Flag of the United States United States Cushing Academy (USHS)
5114 Brian Urick Flag of the United States United States Notre Dame Fighting Irish (NCAA)
6141 Bryan Randall Flag of Canada.svg Canada Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
7168 David Bernier Flag of Canada.svg Canada St-Hyacinthe Lasers (QMJHL)
7170 Brandon Lafrance Flag of Canada.svg Canada Ohio State Buckeyes (NCAA)
8195 Fernando Pisani Flag of Canada.svg Canada St. Albert Saints (AJHL)
9221 John Hultberg Flag of the United States United States Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)

ReferencesEdit


This page uses content from Wikipedia. The original article was at 1996–97 Edmonton Oilers season. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with Ice Hockey Wiki, the text of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License 3.0 (Unported) (CC-BY-SA).


Also on Fandom

Random Wiki