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1977-1978 Detroit Red Wings: 32-34-14
Previous Season Next Season Home record: 22-11-7 (144 goals scored, 111 allowed) Road record: 10-23-7 (108 goals scored, 155 allowed) Head Coach: Bobby Kromm Power Play: 59/293 (20.1%) Penalty Killing: 232/296 (78.4%) Shorthanded Goals For-Against: 10-7 Even Strength Goals For-Against: 183-195 252 goals scored (11th of 18 teams), 266 goals allowed (10th), 1534 PIM (2nd) NHL Averages: 3.30 goals/game (263.7 goals/team), 1099.7 PIM/team Pos # Player Hgt Wgt Age GP G A Pts PIM PP SH TGF PGF TGA PGA S S% +/- C 10 Dale McCourt 5'10 180 20 76 33 39 72 10 10 3 108 42 71 15 219 15.1 +10 C 16 Andre St. Laurent 5'10 180 24 77 31 39 70 108 10 0 90 30 66 13 193 16.1 +7 D 28 Reed Larson 6'0 195 21 75 19 41 60 95 7 1 132 45 131 36 240 7.9 -8 LW 22 Dennis Hextall 5'11 175 34 78 16 33 49 195 2 2 61 11 89 34 89 18.0 -5 LW 14 Nick Libett 6'1 195 32 80 23 22 45 46 1 1 63 10 77 21 155 14.8 -3 LW 7 Dan Maloney 6'2 195 27 66 16 29 45 151 3 0 74 23 48 1 165 9.7 +4 LW 15 Paul Woods 5'10 175 22 80 19 23 42 52 3 2 83 13 83 31 107 17.8 +18 LW 23 Bill Lochead 6'1 195 23 77 20 16 36 47 2 0 55 8 41 0 124 16.1 +6 C/RW 8 Dennis Polonich 5'6 166 24 79 16 19 35 254 5 0 63 18 50 0 128 12.5 -5 RW 20 Vaclav Nedomansky 6'2 205 33 63 11 17 28 2 5 0 39 19 37 0 107 10.3 -17 D 24 Greg Joly 6'1 190 23 79 7 20 27 73 2 0 82 11 87 12 134 5.2 -4 D 3 Perry Miller 6'1 194 25 62 4 17 21 120 0 1 77 11 95 24 122 3.3 -5 RW 11 Rick Bowness 6'1 185 22 61 8 11 19 76 2 0 29 4 33 0 46 17.4 -8 D 2 Terry Harper 6'1 200 37 80 2 17 19 85 0 0 88 2 118 51 76 2.6 +19 LW 19 Dennis Hull 5'11 198 33 55 5 9 14 6 2 0 22 8 34 0 72 6.9 -20 C 25 Larry Wright 6'2 180 26 66 3 6 9 13 0 0 27 8 31 0 46 6.5 -12 D 26 Al Cameron 6'1 205 22 63 2 7 9 94 1 0 35 3 44 0 71 2.8 -12 D 5 Jean Hamel 5'11 195 25 32 2 6 8 34 0 0 23 0 21 1 37 5.4 +3 D 4 Thommie Bergman 6'2 200 30 14 1 6 7 16 0 0 17 1 21 6 18 5.6 +1 LW 12 Errol Thompson 5'9 185 27 14 5 1 6 2 1 0 12 6 10 0 27 18.5 -4 LW 27 Bob Ritchie 5'10 170 22 11 2 2 4 0 1 0 5 2 4 0 18 11.1 -1 RW 21 Danny Grant 5'10 188 31 13 2 2 4 6 1 0 7 4 5 0 9 22.2 -2 RW 17 Al McDonough 6'1 175 27 13 2 2 4 4 0 0 6 1 3 0 18 11.1 +2 LW 18 Rob Plumb 5'8 166 20 7 2 1 3 0 1 0 4 2 7 1 7 28.6 -4 D 4 Larry Giroux 6'0 190 26 5 0 3 3 4 0 0 5 2 8 0 10 0.0 -5 C 12 J.P. LeBlanc 5'10 170 31 3 0 2 2 4 0 0 3 1 2 1 5 0.0 +1 G 1 Jim Rutherford 5'8 168 28 43 0 2 2 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --- -- RW 16 Michel Bergeron 5'10 170 23 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 6 16.7 -2 G 30 Ron Low 6'1 205 27 32 0 1 1 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --- -- C 21 Roland Cloutier 5'8 157 20 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0.0 -2 C 12 Fern LeBlanc 5'9 170 21 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 0 --- -2 D 4 Rick Vasko 6'0 185 20 3 0 0 0 7 0 0 1 0 2 0 6 0.0 -1 D 4 John Hilworth 6'4 205 20 5 0 0 0 12 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 --- 0 G 31 Ed Giacomin 5'11 180 38 9 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --- -- RW 29 Tim Sheehy 6'1 185 29 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 15 0 17 0.0 -13
Skater data: GP: Games played; G: Goals scored; A: Assists; Pts: Total points; PIM: Penalties in minutes; PP: Power play goals; SH: Shorthanded goals; TGF: Total goals on ice for; PGF: Power play goals on ice for; TGA: Total goals on ice against; PGA: Power play goals on ice against; S: Shots taken; S%: Shooting percentage
Pos  #  Goalie              Age   GP   Min   GA   GAA   W   L   T  Sht    Pct  EN  SO
G   31  Ed Giacomin          38    9   516   27  3.14   3   5   1  252   .893   0   0
G    1  Jim Rutherford       28   43  2468  134  3.26  20  17   4 1120   .880   1   1
G   30  Ron Low              27   32  1816  102  3.37   9  12   9  909   .888   2   1
Goalie data: GP: Games played; Min: Minutes played; GA: Goals allowed; GAA: Goals allowed per 60 minutes; W: Wins; L: Losses; T: Ties; Sht: Shots faced; Pct: Save percentage; EN: Empty net goals allowed; SO: Shutouts
1977 Draft:

                                        NHL    WHA
Rnd  Ovr  Pos  Player                  Games  Games  Team
  1    1  C    Dale McCourt             532          St. Catharines Fincups (OHA)       
  3   37  D    Rick Vasko                31          Peterborough Petes (OHA)           
  4   55  D    John Hilworth             57          Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL)         
  5   73  D    Jim Korn                 597          Providence College (NCAA)          
  6   91  G    Jim Baxter                            Union College (NCAA)               
  7  109  LW   Randy Wilson                          Providence College (NCAA)          
  8  125  C    Raymond Roy                           Sherbrooke Beavers (QMJHL)         
  9  141  C    Kip Churchill                         Union College (NCAA)               
 10  155  D    Lance Gatoni                          University of Toronto (CIAU)       
 11  163  LW   Rob Plumb                 14          Kingston Canadians (OHA)           
 12  170  LW   Alain Belanger             9          Trois Rivieres Draveurs (QMJHL)    
 13  175  RW   Dean Willers                          Union College (NCAA)               
 14  178  C    Roland Cloutier           34          Trois Rivieres Draveurs (QMJHL)    
 15  181  RW   Ed Hill                               University of Vermont (NCAA)       
 16  184  LW   Val James                 11          Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)            
 17  185  RW   Grant Morin                           Calgary Centennials (WCHL)         

Traded draft picks:

#2 to CHI (Jean Savard)

Transactions
07-08-1977signed Perry Miller as a free agent
07-14-1977signed Steve Durbano as a free agent
08-1977traded future considerations to Flames for Al McDonough
08-17-1977signed Danny Gruen as a free agent
08-17-1977traded Walt McKechnie, Detroit's #2 pick in the 1979 draft and Detroit's #3 pick in the 1978 draft to Capitals for the rights to Ron Low and Washington's #3 pick in the 1979 draft
08-18-1977purchased Rick Bowness from Flames
10-04-1977signed Dave Hanson as a free agent
10-10-1977claimed Paul Woods from Canadiens in waiver draft
10-20-1977traded Michel Bergeron to Islanders for Andre St. Laurent
10-22-1977signed Larry Wright as a free agent
11-01-1977sold Terry Murray to Flyers
11-18-1977traded Steve Durbano, Dave Hanson and future considerations to Bulls for Tim Sheehy and Vaclav Nedomansky
12-02-1977traded Detroit's #4 pick in the 1980 draft to Black Hawks for Dennis Hull
01-09-1978traded Danny Grant to Kings for the rights to Barry Long and Montreal's #3 pick in the 1978 draft
02-12-1978sold Tim Sheehy to Whalers
03-13-1978traded Dan Maloney and Detroit's #2 pick in the 1980 draft to Maple Leafs for Errol Thompson, Toronto's #1 picks in 1978 and 1980 drafts and Toronto's #2 pick in the 1978 draft
06-06-1978signed Sean Shanahan as a free agent
07-27-1978traded Jack Carlson to North Stars for future considerations
08-08-1978assigned the rights to Dale McCourt to Kings as compensation for signing Rogie Vachon as a free agent
08-08-1978signed Rogie Vachon as a free agent
08-24-1978signed Dan Bolduc as a free agent
09-08-1978Dennis Hull retired
09-13-1978claimed Pierre Plante on waivers from North Stars
10-02-1978Rangers claimed Pierre Plante on waivers


Playoff Results:   Click on the date to view the game summary. Date Opponent Result Round 1 04/11/1978 at Atlanta Flames W 5-3 04/13/1978 vs Atlanta Flames W 3-2 -------------------------------------------------- Round 2 04/17/1978 at Montreal Canadiens L 2-6 04/19/1978 at Montreal Canadiens W 4-2 04/21/1978 vs Montreal Canadiens L 2-4 04/23/1978 vs Montreal Canadiens L 0-8 04/25/1978 at Montreal Canadiens L 2-4 Playoff Stats: Pos # Player Hgt Wgt Age GP G A Pts PIM PP SH TGF PGF TGA PGA S S% +/- RW 20 Vaclav Nedomansky 6'2 205 33 7 3 5 8 0 1 0 C 10 Dale McCourt 5'10 180 20 7 4 2 6 2 2 0 LW 15 Paul Woods 5'10 175 22 7 0 5 5 4 0 0 LW 14 Nick Libett 6'1 195 32 7 3 1 4 0 1 0 LW 23 Bill Lochead 6'1 195 23 7 3 0 3 6 0 0 LW 12 Errol Thompson 5'9 185 27 7 2 1 3 2 1 0 D 4 Thommie Bergman 6'2 200 30 7 0 2 2 2 0 0 LW 22 Dennis Hextall 5'11 175 34 7 1 1 2 10 0 1 D 28 Reed Larson 6'0 195 21 7 0 2 2 4 0 0 C 16 Andre St. Laurent 5'10 180 24 7 1 1 2 4 0 0 G 1 Jim Rutherford 5'8 168 28 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 D 26 Al Cameron 6'1 205 22 7 0 1 1 2 0 0 D 2 Terry Harper 6'1 200 37 7 0 1 1 4 0 0 C/RW 8 Dennis Polonich 5'6 166 24 7 1 0 1 19 0 0 D 4 Larry Giroux 6'0 190 26 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 C 12 J.P. LeBlanc 5'10 170 31 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 RW 11 Rick Bowness 6'1 185 22 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 G 30 Ron Low 6'1 205 27 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 D 24 Greg Joly 6'1 190 23 5 0 0 0 8 0 0 D 5 Jean Hamel 5'11 195 25 7 0 0 0 10 0 0 LW 19 Dennis Hull 5'11 198 33 7 0 0 0 2 0 0 RW 16 Michel Bergeron 5'10 170 23 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- C 21 Roland Cloutier 5'8 157 20 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- G 31 Ed Giacomin 5'11 180 38 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- RW 21 Danny Grant 5'10 188 31 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- D 4 John Hilworth 6'4 205 20 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- C 12 Fern LeBlanc 5'9 170 21 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- LW 7 Dan Maloney 6'2 195 27 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- RW 17 Al McDonough 6'1 175 27 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- D 3 Perry Miller 6'1 194 25 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- LW 18 Rob Plumb 5'8 166 20 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- LW 27 Bob Ritchie 5'10 170 22 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- RW 29 Tim Sheehy 6'1 185 29 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- D 4 Rick Vasko 6'0 185 20 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- C 25 Larry Wright 6'2 180 26 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Pos # Goalie Age GP Min GA GAA W L T Sht Pct EN SO G 30 Ron Low 27 4 240 17 4.25 1 3 141 .879 0 0 G 1 Jim Rutherford 28 3 180 12 4.00 2 1 87 .862 0 0
Game Log:   Click on the date to view the game summary.
   Date         Opponent                  Result      Record
10/13/1977   vs Toronto Maple Leafs       T   3-3     0-0-1
10/15/1977   at Los Angeles Kings         L   2-4     0-1-1
10/18/1977   at Vancouver Canucks         L   2-3     0-2-1
10/20/1977   vs Montreal Canadiens        T   2-2     0-2-2
10/22/1977   at Minnesota North Stars     W   4-2     1-2-2
10/26/1977   at Pittsburgh Penguins       W   4-3     2-2-2
10/27/1977   vs Minnesota North Stars     W   3-1     3-2-2
10/29/1977   at Toronto Maple Leafs       L   4-7     3-3-2
11/02/1977   vs Pittsburgh Penguins       W   3-1     4-3-2
11/05/1977   vs Cleveland Barons          L   3-4     4-4-2
11/06/1977   at Cleveland Barons          W   4-1     5-4-2
11/09/1977   vs Washington Capitals       T   1-1     5-4-3
11/12/1977   vs New York Rangers          W   3-1     6-4-3
11/13/1977   at Philadelphia Flyers       L   0-3     6-5-3
11/16/1977   vs St. Louis Blues           W  10-1     7-5-3
11/18/1977   at Atlanta Flames            L   3-5     7-6-3
11/19/1977   at St. Louis Blues           W   2-1     8-6-3
11/23/1977   vs Philadelphia Flyers       W   4-1     9-6-3
11/26/1977   at Montreal Canadiens        L   1-3     9-7-3
11/27/1977   vs New York Islanders        L   1-4     9-8-3
11/30/1977   at Pittsburgh Penguins       L   4-6     9-9-3
12/03/1977   at Toronto Maple Leafs       L   2-4     9-10-3
12/04/1977   at Buffalo Sabres            L   1-6     9-11-3
12/06/1977   vs Chicago Black Hawks       L   1-2     9-12-3
12/08/1977   at Boston Bruins             L   4-6     9-13-3
12/10/1977   at New York Islanders        L   4-7     9-14-3
12/15/1977   vs New York Rangers          T   5-5     9-14-4
12/17/1977   at St. Louis Blues           W   3-2     10-14-4
12/18/1977   at New York Rangers          L   2-6     10-15-4
12/21/1977   vs Buffalo Sabres            L   3-5     10-16-4
12/23/1977   at Washington Capitals       L   2-3     10-17-4
12/27/1977   vs Colorado Rockies          W   5-2     11-17-4
12/29/1977   at Buffalo Sabres            T   3-3     11-17-5
12/31/1977   vs Boston Bruins             L   0-7     11-18-5
01/05/1978   vs Toronto Maple Leafs       W   2-1     12-18-5
01/08/1978   vs Los Angeles Kings         W   4-3     13-18-5
01/11/1978   at Washington Capitals       W   6-3     14-18-5
01/12/1978   vs Montreal Canadiens        L   1-6     14-19-5
01/14/1978   vs Buffalo Sabres            W   6-2     15-19-5
01/18/1978   at Colorado Rockies          T   4-4     15-19-6
   Date         Opponent                  Result      Record
01/19/1978   vs Chicago Black Hawks       W   4-2     16-19-6
01/21/1978   at Boston Bruins             L   1-7     16-20-6
01/22/1978   vs Washington Capitals       W   6-3     17-20-6
01/28/1978   at Chicago Black Hawks       L   1-6     17-21-6
01/29/1978   vs Philadelphia Flyers       T   3-3     17-21-7
01/31/1978   vs Pittsburgh Penguins       L   3-5     17-22-7
02/01/1978   at Cleveland Barons          L   0-2     17-23-7
02/04/1978   at Toronto Maple Leafs       T   2-2     17-23-8
02/05/1978   vs Cleveland Barons          W   4-3     18-23-8
02/07/1978   at Los Angeles Kings         W   2-1     19-23-8
02/09/1978   vs Boston Bruins             L   3-5     19-24-8
02/11/1978   at New York Islanders        L   5-8     19-25-8
02/12/1978   vs Vancouver Canucks         W   8-3     20-25-8
02/16/1978   vs Atlanta Flames            W   5-3     21-25-8
02/18/1978   at Philadelphia Flyers       L   2-4     21-26-8
02/19/1978   vs Los Angeles Kings         W   5-1     22-26-8
02/23/1978   vs Washington Capitals       W   4-1     23-26-8
02/25/1978   at Atlanta Flames            T   2-2     23-26-9
02/26/1978   vs St. Louis Blues           L   1-3     23-27-9
02/28/1978   at Montreal Canadiens        L   3-9     23-28-9
03/01/1978   at New York Rangers          L   2-3     23-29-9
03/04/1978   at Minnesota North Stars     W   3-1     24-29-9
03/05/1978   vs Minnesota North Stars     W   4-3     25-29-9
03/09/1978   vs Boston Bruins             T   2-2     25-29-10
03/11/1978   vs Colorado Rockies          W   5-4     26-29-10
03/12/1978   vs Vancouver Canucks         T   4-4     26-29-11
03/16/1978   at Los Angeles Kings         T   3-3     26-29-12
03/18/1978   at Vancouver Canucks         W   5-4     27-29-12
03/19/1978   at Colorado Rockies          L   4-6     27-30-12
03/22/1978   vs Atlanta Flames            W   4-1     28-30-12
03/25/1978   at Pittsburgh Penguins       T   2-2     28-30-13
03/26/1978   at Washington Capitals       W   4-1     29-30-13
03/28/1978   vs Buffalo Sabres            W   7-0     30-30-13
03/30/1978   vs Los Angeles Kings         L   0-4     30-31-13
04/01/1978   at Chicago Black Hawks       L   0-2     30-32-13
04/02/1978   vs New York Islanders        L   2-5     30-33-13
04/05/1978   at Cleveland Barons          T   5-5     30-33-14
04/06/1978   vs Pittsburgh Penguins       W   6-4     31-33-14
04/08/1978   at Montreal Canadiens        L   1-5     31-34-14
04/09/1978   vs Montreal Canadiens        W   4-0     32-34-14

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