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1997–98 Edmonton Oilers · NHL
Division 3rd Pacific
Conference 7th Western
1997–98 record 35–37–10
Home record 20–16–5
Road record 15–21–5
Goals for 215 (15th)
Goals against 224 (16th)
General Manager Glen Sather
Coach Ron Low
Captain Kelly Buchberger
Alternate captains Boris Mironov
Doug Weight
Arena Edmonton Coliseum
Average attendance 16,245 (95.0%)
Team leaders
Goals Doug Weight (26)
Assists Doug Weight (44)
Points Doug Weight (70)
Penalties in minutes Drake Berehowsky (169)
Wins Curtis Joseph (29)
Goals against average Curtis Joseph (2.63)

The 1997–98 Edmonton Oilers season was the Oilers' 19th season in the NHL, and they were coming off a 36–37–9 record in 1996–97, earning their first playoff spot in 5 seasons. The Oilers then defeated the heavily favoured Dallas Stars before losing to the Colorado Avalanche in the 2nd round.

Edmonton started off the season pretty slow, and on January 4, when they had a record of 11–22–9, the Oilers would trade Jason Arnott and Bryan Muir to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Bill Guerin and Valeri Zelepukin. The trade seemed to spark Edmonton, as they would finish the year 24–15–1, making the playoffs for the 2nd straight season, as they would finish in 7th place in the Western Conference.

Offensively, Doug Weight had another very solid season, leading the Oilers in goals (26), assists (44) and points (70). Ryan Smyth would be the only other player to score 20 goals for the team. Dean McAmmond had a break out season, finishing 2nd to Weight with 50 points and 3rd on the team with 19 goals. Bill Guerin had a solid half season in Edmonton, scoring 13 goals and 29 points in 40 games. Boris Mironov would lead the defense with 16 goals and 46 points, while Drake Berehowsky would lead the team with 169 penalty minutes.

In goal, Curtis Joseph would get the majority of playing time, winning 29 games, posting a GAA of 2.63 and setting the club record with shutouts in a season at 8. Bob Essensa would back him up once again, and do a very good job, having a GAA of 2.55 and winning 6 games for the team.

The Oilers would open the playoffs against the Pacific Division winning Colorado Avalanche, who eliminated Edmonton from the playoffs the previous spring, and finished with 15 more points during the regular season. The Oilers would surprise the Avalanche in the opening game, winning 3–2, but Colorado would storm back, and win 3 in a row, to go up 3–1 in the series. Then the Curtis Joseph show began, as he would hold off the Avalanche in game 5, as Edmonton won 3–1 in Denver to keep their season alive. Edmonton would return home for the 6th game, and easily shutout Colorado 4–0, forcing a 7th game. Curtis Joseph would earn his 2nd straight shutout in the 7th and deciding game, as Edmonton would win the game 2–0, and win the series, eliminating the heavily favoured Avalanche.

In the 2nd round, Edmonton would play against the Dallas Stars, who the Oilers defeated the previous year in the opening round. The Stars finished with an NHL best 109 points in the regular season. The Stars would beat Edmonton in the first game, but Curtis Joseph would shutout Dallas in game 2, evening the series as it returned to Edmonton for the next 2 games. The 3rd game would be scoreless in regulation time, however, the Stars would score in the 1st overtime to take a 2–1 series lead. The Oilers offense then went dry, as they would score only 2 goals in the next 2 games, losing them both, and the series 4 games to 1.

Season standingsEdit

Pacific Division
# CR   GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 2 Colorado Avalanche 82 39 26 17 231 205 95
2 5 Los Angeles Kings 82 38 33 11 227 225 87
3 7 Edmonton Oilers 82 35 37 10 215 224 80
4 8 San Jose Sharks 82 34 38 10 210 216 78
5 10 Calgary Flames 82 26 41 15 217 252 67
6 12 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 82 26 43 13 205 261 65
7 13 Vancouver Canucks 82 25 43 14 224 273 64

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

PlayoffsEdit

Edmonton Oilers 4, Colorado Avalanche 3Edit

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 22 Edmonton Oilers 3–2 Colorado Avalanche 1–0
2 April 24 Edmonton Oilers 2–5 Colorado Avalanche 1–1
3 April 26 Colorado Avalanche 5–4 Edmonton Oilers 1–2
4 April 28 Colorado Avalanche 3–1 Edmonton Oilers 1–3
5 April 30 Edmonton Oilers 3–1 Colorado Avalanche 2–3
6 May 2 Colorado Avalanche 0–2 Edmonton Oilers 3–3
7 May 4 Edmonton Oilers 4–0 Colorado Avalanche 4–3

Dallas Stars 4, Edmonton Oilers 1Edit

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 May 7 Edmonton Oilers 1–3 Dallas Stars 0–1
2 May 9 Edmonton Oilers 2–0 Dallas Stars 1–1
3 May 11 Dallas Stars 1–0 Edmonton Oilers 1–2
4 May 13 Dallas Stars 3–1 Edmonton Oilers 1–3
5 May 16 Edmonton Oilers 1–2 Dallas Stars 1–4

Season statsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Doug Weight 79 26 44 70 69
Dean McAmmond 77 19 31 50 46
Boris Mironov 81 16 30 46 100
Todd Marchant 76 14 21 35 71
Ryan Smyth 65 20 13 33 44

GoaltendingEdit

Player GP TOI W L T GA SO Save % GAA
Bob Essensa 16 825 6 6 1 35 0 .913 2.53
Curtis Joseph 71 4132 29 31 9 181 8 .905 2.63

Playoff statsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Doug Weight 12 2 7 9 14
Bill Guerin 12 7 1 8 17
Boris Mironov 12 3 3 6 27
Roman Hamrlik 12 0 6 6 12
Rem Murray 11 1 4 5 2

GoaltendingEdit

Player GP TOI W L GA SO Save % GAA
Curtis Joseph 12 716 5 7 23 3 .928 1.93
Bob Essensa 1 27 0 0 1 0 .909 2.22

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

June 18, 1997 To Philadelphia Flyers
Matt Cerven
To Edmonton Oilers
7th round pick in 1997 - Chad Hinz
July 16, 1997 To Tampa Bay Lightning
Vladimir Vujtek
3rd round pick in 1998 - Dmitry Afanasenkov
To Edmonton Oilers
Brantt Myhres
3rd round pick in 1998 - Alex Henry
August 12, 1997 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Jiri Slegr
To Edmonton Oilers
*3rd round pick in 1998 - Brian Gionta
August 25, 1997 To New York Islanders
Mariusz Czerkawski
To Edmonton Oilers
Dan LaCouture
October 15, 1997 To Philadelphia Flyers
Brantt Myhres
To Edmonton Oilers
Jason Bowen
December 30, 1997 To Tampa Bay Lightning
Bryan Marchment
Steve Kelly
Jason Bonsignore
To Edmonton Oilers
Roman Hamrlik
Paul Comrie
January 4, 1998 To New Jersey Devils
Jason Arnott
Bryan Muir
To Edmonton Oilers
Bill Guerin
Valeri Zelepukin
January 9, 1998 To Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Drew Bannister
To Edmonton Oilers
Bobby Dollas
March 9, 1998 To Ottawa Senators
Scott Ferguson
To Edmonton Oilers
Frank Musil
March 24, 1998 To Philadelphia Flyers
Dan McGillis
2nd round pick in 1998 - Jason Beckett
To Edmonton Oilers
Janne Niinimaa

*Later traded to the New Jersey Devils

Free agentsEdit

Player Former team
F Doug Friedman Colorado Avalanche
F Bill Huard Dallas Stars
F Scott Fraser Calgary Flames
G Jean-Francois Labbe Colorado Avalanche
D Drake Berehowsky Pittsburgh Penguins
F Ray Whitney San Jose Sharks
Player New team
D Luke Richardson Philadelphia Flyers
F Louie DeBrusk Tampa Bay Lightning

Draft picksEdit

Edmonton's draft picks at the 1997 NHL Entry Draft

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
114 Michel Riesen Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Biel (Switzerland)
241 Patrick Dovigi Flag of Canada.svg Canada Erie Otters (OHL)
368 Sergei Yerkovich Flag of Belarus Belarus Las Vegas Thunder (IHL)
494 Jonas Elofsson Flag of Sweden Sweden Farjestads BK Karlstad (SEL)
5121 Jason Chimera Flag of Canada.svg Canada Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
6141 Peter Sarno Flag of Canada.svg Canada Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
7176 Kevin Bolibruck Flag of Canada.svg Canada Peterborough Petes (OHL)
7187 Chad Hinz Flag of Canada.svg Canada Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
8205 Chris Kerr Flag of Canada.svg Canada Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
9231 Alexander Fomitchev Flag of Russia Russia St. Albert Saints (AJHL)

ReferencesEdit


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