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1976–77 Detroit Red Wings · NHL
Division 5th Norris
1976–77 record 16–55–9
Goals for 183
Goals against 309
General Manager Alex Delvecchio
Coach Alex Delvecchio
Larry Wilson
Captain Danny Grant
Dennis Polonich
Arena Detroit Olympia
Team Leaders
Goals Walt McKechnie (25)
Assists Walt McKechnie (34)
Points Walt McKechnie (59)
Penalties in minutes Dennis Polonich (274)
Wins Eddie Giacomin (8)
Goals against average Eddie Giacomin (3.58)
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1975–76 1977–78

The 1976–77 Detroit Red Wings season was the Red Wings' 51st season. The Wings finished 5th in the Norris Division and did not qualify for the playoffs.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 80 60 8 12 387 171 132
Los Angeles Kings 80 34 31 15 271 241 83
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 34 33 13 240 252 81
Washington Capitals 80 24 42 14 221 307 62
Detroit Red Wings 80 16 55 9 183 309 41

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Game Log[edit | edit source]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 T October 7, 1976 3–3 Washington Capitals (1976–77) 0–0–1
2 W October 9, 1976 4–0 Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 1–0–1
3 L October 12, 1976 2–4 Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 1–1–1
4 L October 16, 1976 3–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 1–2–1
5 L October 17, 1976 4–7 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 1–3–1
6 W October 22, 1976 5–0 New York Islanders (1976–77) 2–3–1
7 L October 23, 1976 2–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 2–4–1
8 L October 26, 1976 2–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 2–5–1
9 L October 28, 1976 1–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 2–6–1
10 L October 30, 1976 1–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 2–7–1
11 W October 31, 1976 6–5 @ New York Rangers (1976–77) 3–7–1
12 W November 4, 1976 3–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 4–7–1
13 T November 7, 1976 0–0 Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 4–7–2
14 L November 9, 1976 1–8 @ New York Islanders (1976–77) 4–8–2
15 L November 10, 1976 4–6 Boston Bruins (1976–77) 4–9–2
16 T November 13, 1976 3–3 Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 4–9–3
17 L November 16, 1976 0–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 4–10–3
18 T November 17, 1976 5–5 St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 4–10–4
19 W November 19, 1976 5–2 Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 5–10–4
20 L November 21, 1976 2–4 @ Boston Bruins (1976–77) 5–11–4
21 W November 24, 1976 4–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 6–11–4
22 W November 25, 1976 3–1 @ New York Islanders (1976–77) 7–11–4
23 L November 27, 1976 0–5 New York Rangers (1976–77) 7–12–4
24 L November 28, 1976 1–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 7–13–4
25 W December 1, 1976 5–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 8–13–4
26 L December 4, 1976 1–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 8–14–4
27 L December 11, 1976 0–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 8–15–4
28 W December 12, 1976 5–3 @ Boston Bruins (1976–77) 9–15–4
29 L December 15, 1976 3–7 @ Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 9–16–4
30 W December 16, 1976 7–3 Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 10–16–4
31 W December 18, 1976 6–3 Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 11–16–4
32 L December 19, 1976 1–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 11–17–4
33 L December 22, 1976 1–2 @ Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 11–18–4
34 W December 23, 1976 5–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 12–18–4
35 L December 27, 1976 4–7 Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 12–19–4
36 L December 29, 1976 3–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 12–20–4
37 W December 31, 1976 4–2 Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 13–20–4
38 L January 2, 1977 4–6 Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 13–21–4
39 T January 4, 1977 2–2 @ Washington Capitals (1976–77) 13–21–5
40 L January 6, 1977 2–7 Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 13–22–5
41 L January 10, 1977 0–2 Washington Capitals (1976–77) 13–23–5
42 L January 12, 1977 1–3 @ Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 13–24–5
43 L January 13, 1977 2–4 @ Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 13–25–5
44 L January 15, 1977 0–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 13–26–5
45 L January 20, 1977 1–3 Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 13–27–5
46 L January 22, 1977 0–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 13–28–5
47 T January 23, 1977 2–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 13–28–6
48 L January 27, 1977 1–4 @ Washington Capitals (1976–77) 13–29–6
49 W January 29, 1977 4–3 Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 14–29–6
50 L February 2, 1977 1–9 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 14–30–6
51 L February 5, 1977 1–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 14–31–6
52 W February 6, 1977 3–2 Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 15–31–6
53 L February 10, 1977 4–5 New York Rangers (1976–77) 15–32–6
54 T February 12, 1977 2–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 15–32–7
55 L February 13, 1977 3–5 Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 15–33–7
56 L February 15, 1977 2–6 @ Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 15–34–7
57 T February 17, 1977 2–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 15–34–8
58 L February 19, 1977 1–2 Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 15–35–8
59 L February 20, 1977 2–3 @ New York Rangers (1976–77) 15–36–8
60 L February 23, 1977 2–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 15–37–8
61 W February 24, 1977 3–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 16–37–8
62 L February 26, 1977 3–4 Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 16–38–8
63 L March 1, 1977 3–8 @ Boston Bruins (1976–77) 16–39–8
64 L March 3, 1977 2–4 New York Islanders (1976–77) 16–40–8
65 L March 5, 1977 1–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 16–41–8
66 L March 9, 1977 3–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 16–42–8
67 L March 10, 1977 2–4 St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 16–43–8
68 L March 12, 1977 0–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 16–44–8
69 T March 13, 1977 3–3 Washington Capitals (1976–77) 16–44–9
70 L March 15, 1977 1–7 @ Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 16–45–9
71 L March 17, 1977 2–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 16–46–9
72 L March 20, 1977 1–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 16–47–9
73 L March 23, 1977 0–6 Boston Bruins (1976–77) 16–48–9
74 L March 24, 1977 1–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 16–49–9
75 L March 26, 1977 0–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 16–50–9
76 L March 27, 1977 0–6 Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 16–51–9
77 L March 29, 1977 1–6 @ Washington Capitals (1976–77) 16–52–9
78 L March 31, 1977 1–3 Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 16–53–9
79 L April 2, 1977 3–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 16–54–9
80 L April 3, 1977 2–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 16–55–9

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

  • The Red Wings did not qualify for the post season.

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
McKechnie, WaltWalt McKechnie C 80 25 34 59 50 -24 3 3 1
Polonich, DennisDennis Polonich C/RW 79 18 28 46 274 -20 6 1 1
Hextall, DennisDennis Hextall LW 78 14 32 46 158 -35 5 0 1
Libett, NickNick Libett LW 80 14 27 41 25 -25 3 1 0
Bergeron, MichelMichel Bergeron RW 74 21 12 33 98 -40 3 0 5
Lochead, BillBill Lochead LW 61 16 14 30 39 -11 4 0 3
Maloney, DanDan Maloney LW 34 13 13 26 64 3 3 1 0
Harvey, BusterBuster Harvey RW 54 11 11 22 18 -13 2 3 1
LeBlanc, J.P.J.P. LeBlanc C 74 7 11 18 40 -16 0 0 2
Nahrgang, JimJim Nahrgang D 53 5 11 16 34 -12 3 1 1
Cameron, AlAl Cameron D 80 3 13 16 112 -43 1 0 0
Wilson, RickRick Wilson D 77 3 13 16 56 -20 0 0 0
Lapointe, RickRick Lapointe D 49 2 11 13 80 -17 1 0 0
Harper, TerryTerry Harper D 52 4 8 12 28 -23 1 0 0
Grant, DannyDanny Grant RW 42 2 10 12 4 -34 0 0 0
Joly, GregGreg Joly D 53 1 11 12 14 -22 1 0 0
Hamel, JeanJean Hamel D 71 1 10 11 63 -18 0 0 0
Bloom, MikeMike Bloom LW 45 6 3 9 22 -10 0 0 0
Sheehan, BobbyBobby Sheehan C 34 5 4 9 2 -10 0 0 0
Ritchie, BobBob Ritchie LW 17 6 2 8 10 -13 1 0 0
Williams, FredFred Williams C 44 2 5 7 10 -17 0 0 0
Murray, TerryTerry Murray D 23 0 7 7 10 -18 0 0 0
Kelly, Dave LeslieDave Leslie Kelly RW 16 2 0 2 4 -8 0 0 1
Coates, SteveSteve Coates RW 5 1 0 1 24 -1 0 0 0
Schofield, DwightDwight Schofield D 3 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0
Larson, ReedReed Larson D 14 0 1 1 23 -2 0 0 0
Watson, BryanBryan Watson D 14 0 1 1 39 2 0 0 0
Giacomin, EdEd Giacomin G 33 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 0
Rutherford, JimJim Rutherford G 48 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Martineau, DonDon Martineau RW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Giroux, LarryLarry Giroux D 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
LeBlanc, FernFern LeBlanc C 3 0 0 0 0 -3 0 0 0
Berry, FredFred Berry C 3 0 0 0 0 -3 0 0 0
Schamehorn, KevinKevin Schamehorn RW 3 0 0 0 9 -1 0 0 0
McCutcheon, BrianBrian McCutcheon LW 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Richardson, TerryTerry Richardson G 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Giacomin, EdEd Giacomin 1791 33 8 18 3 107 3.58 3
Rutherford, JimJim Rutherford 2740 48 7 34 6 180 3.94 0
Richardson, TerryTerry Richardson 269 5 1 3 0 18 4.01 0
Team: 4800 80 16 55 9 305 3.81 3

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Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus-minus PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals

MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

  • The Red Wings did not win any awards this season.

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

Farm Teams[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1976-77 Detroit Red Wings Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-02.
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