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The 2007-08 NHL season was the 90th season of the National Hockey League. It began on September 29, 2007, and ran through April 6, 2008, with the Stanley Cup Playoffs to follow, culminating no later than June 9, 2008. The 56th NHL All-Star Game was held in Atlanta, Georgia as the Atlanta Thrashers hosted the event at Philips Arena on January 27, 2008.

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Program from the game in London.

League businessEdit

The season features Reebok's new Rbk EDGE hockey jerseys. This is the first league-wide uniform innovation "in the history of any major North American professional sports league".

Partially due to the league-wide uniform changes, 7 teams (Boston, Tampa Bay, Vancouver, Washington, Ottawa, San Jose and Columbus) unveiled new logos prior to the season's beginning.

On March 1, 2007, the NHL officially announced the regular season would open on September 29, 2007 with the first of back-to-back games in London, England at The O2. They were the first NHL regular season games ever played in Europe. Both games featured the Anaheim Ducks - who played their first games in their defense of the Stanley Cup - and the Los Angeles Kings (who are owned by Anschutz Entertainment Group, the same company that owns The O2).[1]

On September 17, 2007, the NHL announced the first outdoor game in over four years would be played between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Buffalo Sabres at Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the Buffalo Bills, on January 1, 2008. The event - which will be known as the AMP NHL Winter Classic - will be the first time an NHL regular-season game has been played outdoors in the United States. The last outdoor NHL game was the Heritage Classic played between the Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers at Commonwealth Stadium on November 22, 2003.[2]

During board of governors meetings held on September 18, 2007 in Chicago, cities including Las Vegas, Kansas City, Seattle, and Winnipeg were discussed as possible expansion destinations. The NHL also discussed the current 'unbalanced' schedule and will vote on a new schedule format at the next board meetings in November, so that all teams will play each other at least once and reduce divisional play in the 2008-09 season. The sale of the Lightning and Predators teams were not completed for board approval.[3]

The New Jersey Devils began playing in their new arena, the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. However, since it wasn't ready by the beginning of the season, they began their season with a nine-game road trip.

Interconference division play had the Northeast travel to the Pacific, the Pacific travel to the Atlantic, the Atlantic travel to the Northwest, the Northwest travel to the Southeast, the Southeast travel to the Central, and the Central travel to the Northeast.

The Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators matched up for the first time since the 2007 Stanley Cup Final on March 3, 2008.

Mike Cammalleri of the Los Angeles Kings scored the first goal of the season against the Anaheim Ducks on September 29 in the opening game played in London, England.

Regular SeasonEdit

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Atlantic Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
12 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 47 27 8 247 216 102
24 New Jersey Devils 82 46 29 7 206 197 99
35 New York Rangers 82 42 27 13 213 199 97
46 Philadelphia Flyers 82 42 29 11 248 233 95
513 New York Islanders 82 35 38 9 194 243 79
Northeast Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
11 z-Montreal Canadiens 82 47 25 10 262 222 104
27 Ottawa Senators 82 43 31 8 261 247 94
38 Boston Bruins 82 41 29 12 212 222 94
410 Buffalo Sabres 82 39 31 12 255 242 90
512 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 36 35 11 231 260 83
Southeast Division GP W L OTL GF GA PTS
Carolina Hurricanes 14 8 3 3 53 37 19
Florida Panthers 14 6 8 0 37 42 12
Tampa Bay Lightning 13 5 7 1 38 46 11
Washington Capitals 13 5 8 0 33 35 10
Atlanta Thrashers 14 5 9 0 37 57 10

Western ConferenceEdit

Central Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
11 p-Detroit Red Wings 82 54 21 7 257 184 115
28 Nashville Predators 82 41 32 9 230 229 91
310 Chicago Blackhawks 82 40 34 8 239 235 88
413 Columbus Blue Jackets 82 34 36 12 193 218 80
514 St. Louis Blues 82 33 36 13 205 237 79
Northwest Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
13 Minnesota Wild 82 44 28 10 223 218 98
26 Colorado Avalanche 82 44 31 7 231 219 95
37 Calgary Flames 82 42 30 10 229 227 94
49 Edmonton Oilers 82 41 35 6 235 251 88
511 Vancouver Canucks 82 39 33 10 213 215 88
Pacific Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
12 San Jose Sharks 82 49 23 10 222 193 108
24 Anaheim Ducks 82 47 27 8 205 191 102
35 Dallas Stars 82 45 30 7 242 207 97
412 Phoenix Coyotes 82 38 37 7 214 231 83
515 Los Angeles Kings 82 32 43 7 231 266 71

Tiebreaking ProceduresEdit

If two or more clubs are tied in points during the regular season, the standing of the clubs is determined in the following order: [1]

  1. The fewer number of games played (i.e., superior points percentage).
  2. The greater number of games won.
  3. The greater number of points earned in games between the tied clubs.
  4. The greater differential between goals for and against.


Hat tricksEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

External linksEdit

NHL seasons

2003-04 | 2004-05 | 2005-06 | 2006-07 | 2007-08 | 2008-09 | 2009-10 | 2010-11 | 2011-12

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