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1977-1978 New York Rangers: 30-37-13
Previous Season Next Season Home record: 18-15-7 (157 goals scored, 138 allowed) Road record: 12-22-6 (122 goals scored, 142 allowed) Head Coach: Jean-Guy Talbot Power Play: 78/279 (28.0%) Penalty Killing: 196/244 (80.3%) Shorthanded Goals For-Against: 10-6 Even Strength Goals For-Against: 191-226 279 goals scored (6th of 18 teams), 280 goals allowed (11th), 1057 PIM (9th) 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 77 Phil Esposito 6'1 205 35 79 38 43 81 53 21 0 117 56 98 15 259 14.7 -22 LW 16 Pat Hickey 6'1 190 24 80 40 33 73 47 10 1 99 39 93 14 215 18.6 -19 D 4 Ron Greschner 6'2 205 23 78 24 48 72 100 8 1 145 56 97 11 180 13.3 +3 C 18 Walt Tkaczuk 6'0 185 30 80 26 40 66 30 6 1 86 13 91 33 144 18.1 +15 LW 8 Steve Vickers 6'0 180 26 79 19 44 63 30 9 0 101 38 54 1 113 16.8 +10 RW 14 Don Murdoch 5'11 180 21 66 27 28 55 41 10 0 89 37 57 0 188 14.4 -5 D 5 Carol Vadnais 6'1 185 32 80 6 40 46 115 3 1 140 59 141 35 164 3.7 -25 C/RW 10 Ron Duguay 6'2 200 20 71 20 20 40 43 3 0 65 12 74 4 129 15.5 -17 C 23 Lucien DeBlois 5'11 200 20 71 22 8 30 27 1 0 61 7 66 1 111 19.8 -11 RW 17 Ed Johnstone 5'9 175 23 53 13 13 26 44 2 1 38 11 40 10 93 14.0 -3 LW 20 Greg Polis 6'0 195 27 37 7 16 23 12 0 4 32 1 44 10 72 9.7 -3 D 26 Dave Maloney 6'1 195 21 56 2 19 21 63 0 0 68 3 65 18 71 2.8 +18 D 27 Mike McEwen 6'1 185 21 57 5 13 18 52 2 0 43 19 35 0 65 7.7 -11 LW 24 Dan Newman 6'1 195 25 59 5 13 18 22 0 0 27 2 36 0 81 6.2 -11 C 9 Wayne Dillon 6'0 185 22 59 5 13 18 15 1 0 25 5 30 2 50 10.0 -8 RW 19 Mark Heaslip 5'10 190 26 29 5 10 15 34 0 0 23 1 22 3 32 15.6 +3 D 6 Don Awrey 6'0 175 34 78 2 8 10 38 0 0 68 2 95 15 40 5.0 -14 RW 7 Rod Gilbert 5'9 180 36 19 2 7 9 6 1 0 17 8 19 0 27 7.4 -10 LW 22 Nick Fotiu 6'2 210 25 59 2 7 9 105 0 0 13 0 27 0 32 6.2 -14 D 3 Dave Farrish 6'1 195 21 66 3 5 8 62 0 1 66 1 89 11 100 3.0 -13 RW 88 Ken Hodge 6'2 210 33 18 2 4 6 8 1 0 9 4 11 0 13 15.4 -6 D 15 Dallas Smith 5'11 180 36 29 1 4 5 23 0 0 21 1 37 6 35 2.9 -11 LW 15 Jerry Byers 5'11 170 25 7 2 1 3 0 0 0 5 0 6 0 7 28.6 -1 D 25 Mario Marois 5'11 190 20 8 1 1 2 15 0 0 6 2 7 0 13 7.7 -3 RW 12 Bill Goldsworthy 6'0 190 33 7 0 1 1 12 0 0 6 2 3 0 7 0.0 +1 G 33 Wayne Thomas 6'2 195 30 41 0 1 1 9 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --- -- LW 21 Mike Keating 6'0 185 20 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.0 -1 C 21 Bud Stefanski 5'10 170 22 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0 -1 LW 28 Greg Hickey 5'10 160 22 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 0.0 -1 C 17 Greg Holst 5'10 170 23 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.0 -1 G 31 Hardy Astrom 6'0 170 26 4 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --- -- G 1 Doug Soetaert 6'0 180 22 6 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --- -- LW 11 Benoit Gosselin 5'11 190 20 7 0 0 0 33 0 0 0 0 3 0 4 0.0 -3 G 0 John Davidson 6'3 205 24 34 0 0 0 10 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --- --
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    0  John Davidson        24   34  1848   98  3.18  14  13   4  968   .899   4   1
G    1  Doug Soetaert        22    6   360   20  3.33   2   2   2  200   .900   0   0
G   31  Hardy Astrom         26    4   240   14  3.50   2   2   0  124   .887   0   0
G   33  Wayne Thomas         30   41  2352  141  3.60  12  20   7 1198   .882   3   4
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    8  RW   Lucien DeBlois           993          Sorel Black Hawks (QMJHL)            [pick acquired from NYR via STL]
  1   13  C    Ron Duguay               864          Sudbury Wolves (OHA)                 [pick acquired from LA]
  2   26  LW   Mike Keating               1          St. Catharines Fincups (OHA)       
  3   44  G    Steve Baker               57          Union College (NCAA)               
  4   62  D    Mario Marois             955          Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)            
  5   80  LW   Benoit Gosselin            7          Trois Rivieres Draveurs (QMJHL)    
  6   98  LW   John Bethel               17          Boston University (NCAA)           
  7  116  LW   Bob Sullivan              62          Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)      
  8  131  C    Lance Nethery             41          Cornell University (NCAA)          
  9  146  C    Alex Jeans                            University of Toronto (CIAU)       
 10  157  LW   Peter Raps                            Western Michigan University (NCAA)  
 11  164  RW   Mike Brown                            Western Michigan University (NCAA)  
 12  171  LW   Mark Miller                           University of Michigan (NCAA)      

Traded draft picks:


Transactions
07-1977Dave Tataryn, Doug Jarrett and Gilles Gratton retired
10-04-1977signed Don Awrey as a free agent
10-10-1977claimed Wayne Thomas from Maple Leafs in waiver draft
10-12-1977signed Lindsay Middlebrook as a free agent
11-24-1977released Rod Gilbert
12-1977traded Bill Goldsworthy to Racers for Frank Spring
12-17-1977signed Dallas Smith as a free agent
01-1978Rod Gilbert retired
06-05-1978signed Anders Hedberg as a free agent
06-05-1978signed Ulf Nilsson as a free agent
06-08-1978signed Tim Bothwell as a free agent
07-1978Dallas Smith and Ken Hodge retired
07-06-1978suspended Don Murdoch for the entire season for drug violation (later reduced to 40 games)
07-17-1978signed Dean Talafous as a free agent
07-28-1978signed Frank Beaton as a free agent
10-02-1978claimed Pierre Plante on waivers from Red Wings


Playoff Results:   Click on the date to view the game summary. Date Opponent Result Round 1 04/11/1978 at Buffalo Sabres L 1-4 04/13/1978 vs Buffalo Sabres W 4-3 (OT) 04/15/1978 at Buffalo Sabres L 1-4 Playoff Stats: Pos # Player Hgt Wgt Age GP G A Pts PIM PP SH TGF PGF TGA PGA S S% +/- RW 14 Don Murdoch 5'11 180 21 3 1 3 4 4 0 0 LW 8 Steve Vickers 6'0 180 26 3 2 1 3 0 0 0 C/RW 10 Ron Duguay 6'2 200 20 3 1 1 2 2 1 0 LW 16 Pat Hickey 6'1 190 24 3 2 0 2 0 1 0 C 18 Walt Tkaczuk 6'0 185 30 3 0 2 2 0 0 0 D 5 Carol Vadnais 6'1 185 32 3 0 2 2 16 0 0 D 15 Dallas Smith 5'11 180 36 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 C 9 Wayne Dillon 6'0 185 22 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 C 77 Phil Esposito 6'1 205 35 3 0 1 1 5 0 0 D 25 Mario Marois 5'11 190 20 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 G 33 Wayne Thomas 6'2 195 30 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 G 0 John Davidson 6'3 205 24 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 Don Awrey 6'0 175 34 3 0 0 0 6 0 0 C 23 Lucien DeBlois 5'11 200 20 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 D 3 Dave Farrish 6'1 195 21 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 LW 22 Nick Fotiu 6'2 210 25 3 0 0 0 5 0 0 D 4 Ron Greschner 6'2 205 23 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 RW 19 Mark Heaslip 5'10 190 26 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 D 26 Dave Maloney 6'1 195 21 3 0 0 0 11 0 0 LW 24 Dan Newman 6'1 195 25 3 0 0 0 4 0 0 G 31 Hardy Astrom 6'0 170 26 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- LW 15 Jerry Byers 5'11 170 25 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- RW 7 Rod Gilbert 5'9 180 36 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- RW 12 Bill Goldsworthy 6'0 190 33 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- LW 11 Benoit Gosselin 5'11 190 20 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- LW 28 Greg Hickey 5'10 160 22 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- RW 88 Ken Hodge 6'2 210 33 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- C 17 Greg Holst 5'10 170 23 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- RW 17 Ed Johnstone 5'9 175 23 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- LW 21 Mike Keating 6'0 185 20 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- D 27 Mike McEwen 6'1 185 21 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- LW 20 Greg Polis 6'0 195 27 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- G 1 Doug Soetaert 6'0 180 22 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- C 21 Bud Stefanski 5'10 170 22 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Pos # Goalie Age GP Min GA GAA W L T Sht Pct EN SO G 0 John Davidson 24 2 122 7 3.44 1 1 71 .901 0 0 G 33 Wayne Thomas 30 1 60 4 4.00 0 1 27 .852 0 0
Game Log:   Click on the date to view the game summary.
   Date         Opponent                  Result      Record
10/12/1977   vs Vancouver Canucks         W   6-3     1-0-0
10/15/1977   at Montreal Canadiens        L   0-5     1-1-0
10/16/1977   vs New York Islanders        W   4-2     2-1-0
10/19/1977   vs Pittsburgh Penguins       T   3-3     2-1-1
10/22/1977   at New York Islanders        L   2-7     2-2-1
10/23/1977   vs Montreal Canadiens        L   2-6     2-3-1
10/25/1977   at Cleveland Barons          W   5-0     3-3-1
10/26/1977   vs St. Louis Blues           W   6-2     4-3-1
10/29/1977   at Atlanta Flames            L   3-4     4-4-1
10/30/1977   vs Los Angeles Kings         L   3-5     4-5-1
11/02/1977   at Colorado Rockies          L   2-6     4-6-1
11/04/1977   at Vancouver Canucks         W   5-1     5-6-1
11/05/1977   at Los Angeles Kings         L   1-3     5-7-1
11/09/1977   vs Buffalo Sabres            W   8-4     6-7-1
11/12/1977   at Detroit Red Wings         L   1-3     6-8-1
11/13/1977   vs Atlanta Flames            L   2-5     6-9-1
11/16/1977   vs Chicago Black Hawks       W   5-2     7-9-1
11/19/1977   at Pittsburgh Penguins       T   5-5     7-9-2
11/20/1977   vs Vancouver Canucks         L   0-3     7-10-2
11/23/1977   vs Colorado Rockies          W   6-3     8-10-2
11/26/1977   at Boston Bruins             L   2-3     8-11-2
11/27/1977   at Buffalo Sabres            L   2-3     8-12-2
11/30/1977   at St. Louis Blues           W   4-0     9-12-2
12/03/1977   at Minnesota North Stars     W   4-0     10-12-2
12/04/1977   vs Minnesota North Stars     T   4-4     10-12-3
12/07/1977   vs Philadelphia Flyers       T   3-3     10-12-4
12/08/1977   at Philadelphia Flyers       L   4-7     10-13-4
12/11/1977   vs Boston Bruins             L   2-8     10-14-4
12/14/1977   at Chicago Black Hawks       T   2-2     10-14-5
12/15/1977   at Detroit Red Wings         T   5-5     10-14-6
12/17/1977   at Cleveland Barons          L   2-4     10-15-6
12/18/1977   vs Detroit Red Wings         W   6-2     11-15-6
12/21/1977   vs Washington Capitals       T   5-5     11-15-7
12/23/1977   vs Cleveland Barons          W   5-4     12-15-7
12/28/1977   vs Philadelphia Flyers       L   3-4     12-16-7
12/30/1977   at Washington Capitals       T   3-3     12-16-8
12/31/1977   vs Buffalo Sabres            T   2-2     12-16-9
01/04/1978   at Minnesota North Stars     W   5-3     13-16-9
01/07/1978   at Colorado Rockies          L   1-3     13-17-9
01/09/1978   vs Pittsburgh Penguins       L   3-5     13-18-9
   Date         Opponent                  Result      Record
01/10/1978   at Boston Bruins             W   3-2     14-18-9
01/14/1978   at Philadelphia Flyers       L   1-4     14-19-9
01/17/1978   at Vancouver Canucks         W   5-4     15-19-9
01/18/1978   at Los Angeles Kings         W   3-0     16-19-9
01/20/1978   at Atlanta Flames            L   3-5     16-20-9
01/22/1978   at Pittsburgh Penguins       L   1-3     16-21-9
01/25/1978   vs Toronto Maple Leafs       L   3-4     16-22-9
01/28/1978   at New York Islanders        L   2-6     16-23-9
01/29/1978   vs Los Angeles Kings         L   1-4     16-24-9
02/01/1978   vs New York Islanders        L   6-7     16-25-9
02/04/1978   at St. Louis Blues           T   2-2     16-25-10
02/05/1978   vs Colorado Rockies          W   6-3     17-25-10
02/08/1978   vs Minnesota North Stars     W   3-0     18-25-10
02/09/1978   at Buffalo Sabres            L   0-2     18-26-10
02/11/1978   at Toronto Maple Leafs       L   2-3     18-27-10
02/12/1978   vs Montreal Canadiens        L   3-5     18-28-10
02/15/1978   vs Vancouver Canucks         W   6-3     19-28-10
02/19/1978   vs Colorado Rockies          T   4-4     19-28-11
02/22/1978   at Chicago Black Hawks       L   2-3     19-29-11
02/23/1978   vs Chicago Black Hawks       W   6-2     20-29-11
02/25/1978   at Montreal Canadiens        W   6-3     21-29-11
02/27/1978   vs Atlanta Flames            L   3-5     21-30-11
03/01/1978   vs Detroit Red Wings         W   3-2     22-30-11
03/05/1978   vs Toronto Maple Leafs       L   1-4     22-31-11
03/08/1978   vs Cleveland Barons          W   6-1     23-31-11
03/12/1978   vs Washington Capitals       W   8-2     24-31-11
03/15/1978   vs Philadelphia Flyers       T   2-2     24-31-12
03/18/1978   vs Boston Bruins             L   3-6     24-32-12
03/19/1978   at Minnesota North Stars     T   7-7     24-32-13
03/22/1978   at St. Louis Blues           W   6-1     25-32-13
03/24/1978   at Washington Capitals       W  11-4     26-32-13
03/25/1978   at Toronto Maple Leafs       W   5-2     27-32-13
03/27/1978   vs St. Louis Blues           W   5-2     28-32-13
03/29/1978   vs New York Islanders        W   5-1     29-32-13
04/01/1978   at Atlanta Flames            L   0-6     29-33-13
04/02/1978   at Boston Bruins             L   3-8     29-34-13
04/05/1978   vs Atlanta Flames            L   2-4     29-35-13
04/06/1978   at Philadelphia Flyers       L   0-3     29-36-13
04/08/1978   at New York Islanders        L   2-7     29-37-13
04/09/1978   vs Chicago Black Hawks       W   3-2     30-37-13

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