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1977–78 Detroit Red Wings · NHL
Division 2nd Norris
Conference 5th Prince of Wales
1977–78 record 32-34-14
Home record 22-11-7
Road record 10-23-7
Goals for 252
Goals against 256
General Manager Ted Lindsay
Coach Bobby Kromm
Captain Dan Maloney
Dennis Hextall
Arena Detroit Olympia
Team Leaders
Goals Dale McCourt (33)
Assists Reed Larson (41)
Points Dale McCourt (72)
Penalties in minutes Dennis Polonich (254)
Wins Jim Rutherford (20)
Goals against average Ed Giacomin (3.14)
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1976–77 1978–79

The 1977–78 Detroit Red Wings season was the Red Wings' 52nd season. The Wings finished 2nd in the Norris Division and lost in the Quarter-finals to the Montreal Canadiens 4 games to 1.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Norris Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Montreal Canadiens 80 59 10 11 359 183 129
Detroit Red Wings 80 32 34 14 252 266 78
Los Angeles Kings 80 31 34 15 243 245 77
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 25 37 18 254 321 68
Washington Capitals 80 17 49 14 195 321 48

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 13, 1977 3–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 0–0–1
2 L October 15, 1977 2–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 0–1–1
3 L October 18, 1977 2–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 0–2–1
4 T October 20, 1977 2–2 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 0–2–2
5 W October 22, 1977 4–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 1–2–2
6 W October 26, 1977 4–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 2–2–2
7 W October 27, 1977 3–1 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 3–2–2
8 L October 29, 1977 4–7 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 3–3–2
9 W November 2, 1977 3–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 4–3–2
10 L November 5, 1977 3–4 Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 4–4–2
11 W November 6, 1977 4–1 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 5–4–2
12 T November 9, 1977 1–1 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 5–4–3
13 W November 12, 1977 3–1 New York Rangers (1977–78) 6–4–3
14 L November 13, 1977 0–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 6–5–3
15 W November 16, 1977 10–1 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 7–5–3
16 L November 18, 1977 3–5 @ Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 7–6–3
17 W November 19, 1977 2–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 8–6–3
18 W November 23, 1977 4–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 9–6–3
19 L November 26, 1977 1–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 9–7–3
20 L November 27, 1977 1–4 New York Islanders (1977–78) 9–8–3
21 L November 30, 1977 4–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 9–9–3
22 L December 3, 1977 2–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 9–10–3
23 L December 4, 1977 1–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 9–11–3
24 L December 6, 1977 1–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 9–12–3
25 L December 8, 1977 4–6 @ Boston Bruins (1977–78) 9–13–3
26 L December 10, 1977 4–7 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 9–14–3
27 T December 15, 1977 5–5 New York Rangers (1977–78) 9–14–4
28 W December 17, 1977 3–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 10–14–4
29 L December 18, 1977 2–6 @ New York Rangers (1977–78) 10–15–4
30 L December 21, 1977 3–5 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 10–16–4
31 L December 23, 1977 2–3 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 10–17–4
32 W December 27, 1977 5–2 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 11–17–4
33 T December 29, 1977 3–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 11–17–5
34 L December 31, 1977 0–7 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 11–18–5
35 W January 5, 1978 2–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 12–18–5
36 W January 8, 1978 4–3 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 13–18–5
37 W January 11, 1978 6–3 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 14–18–5
38 L January 12, 1978 1–6 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 14–19–5
39 W January 14, 1978 6–2 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 15–19–5
40 T January 18, 1978 4–4 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 15–19–6
41 W January 19, 1978 4–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 16–19–6
42 L January 21, 1978 1–7 @ Boston Bruins (1977–78) 16–20–6
43 W January 22, 1978 6–3 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 17–20–6
44 L January 28, 1978 1–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 17–21–6
45 T January 29, 1978 3–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 17–21–7
46 L January 31, 1978 3–5 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 17–22–7
47 L February 1, 1978 0–2 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 17–23–7
48 T February 4, 1978 2–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 17–23–8
49 W February 5, 1978 4–3 Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 18–23–8
50 W February 7, 1978 2–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 19–23–8
51 L February 9, 1978 3–5 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 19–24–8
52 L February 11, 1978 5–8 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 19–25–8
53 W February 12, 1978 8–3 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 20–25–8
54 W February 16, 1978 5–3 Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 21–25–8
55 L February 18, 1978 2–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 21–26–8
56 W February 19, 1978 5–1 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 22–26–8
57 W February 23, 1978 4–1 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 23–26–8
58 T February 25, 1978 2–2 @ Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 23–26–9
59 L February 26, 1978 1–3 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 23–27–9
60 L February 28, 1978 3–9 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 23–28–9
61 L March 1, 1978 2–3 @ New York Rangers (1977–78) 23–29–9
62 W March 4, 1978 3–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 24–29–9
63 W March 5, 1978 4–3 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 25–29–9
64 T March 9, 1978 2–2 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 25–29–10
65 W March 11, 1978 5–4 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 26–29–10
66 T March 12, 1978 4–4 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 26–29–11
67 T March 16, 1978 3–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 26–29–12
68 W March 18, 1978 5–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 27–29–12
69 L March 19, 1978 4–6 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 27–30–12
70 W March 22, 1978 4–1 Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 28–30–12
71 T March 25, 1978 2–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 28–30–13
72 W March 26, 1978 4–1 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 29–30–13
73 W March 28, 1978 7–0 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 30–30–13
74 L March 30, 1978 0–4 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 30–31–13
75 L April 1, 1978 0–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 30–32–13
76 L April 2, 1978 2–5 New York Islanders (1977–78) 30–33–13
77 T April 5, 1978 5–5 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 30–33–14
78 W April 6, 1978 6–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 31–33–14
79 L April 8, 1978 1–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 31–34–14
80 W April 9, 1978 4–0 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 32–34–14

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Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Detroit Red Wings 2, Atlanta Flames 0[edit | edit source]

Montreal Canadiens 4, Detroit Red Wings 1[edit | edit source]

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
McCourt, DaleDale McCourt C 76 33 39 72 10 10 10 3 5
St. Laurent, AndreAndre St. Laurent C 77 31 39 70 108 7 10 0 4
Larson, ReedReed Larson D 75 19 41 60 95 -8 7 1 4
Hextall, DennisDennis Hextall LW 78 16 33 49 195 -5 2 2 3
Libett, NickNick Libett LW 80 23 22 45 46 -3 1 1 1
Maloney, DanDan Maloney LW 66 16 29 45 151 4 3 0 1
Woods, PaulPaul Woods LW 80 19 23 42 52 18 3 2 3
Lochead, BillBill Lochead LW 77 20 16 36 47 6 2 0 4
Polonich, DennisDennis Polonich C/RW 79 16 19 35 254 -5 5 0 0
Nedomansky, VaclavVaclav Nedomansky RW 63 11 17 28 2 -17 5 0 1
Joly, GregGreg Joly D 79 7 20 27 73 -4 2 0 2
Miller, PerryPerry Miller D 62 4 17 21 120 -5 0 1 1
Bowness, RickRick Bowness RW 61 8 11 19 76 -8 2 0 2
Harper, TerryTerry Harper D 80 2 17 19 85 19 0 0 0
Hull, DennisDennis Hull LW 55 5 9 14 6 -20 2 0 1
Wright, LarryLarry Wright C 66 3 6 9 13 -12 0 0 0
Cameron, AlAl Cameron D 63 2 7 9 94 -12 1 0 0
Hamel, JeanJean Hamel D 32 2 6 8 34 3 0 0 0
Bergman, ThommieThommie Bergman D 14 1 6 7 16 1 0 0 0
Thompson, ErrolErrol Thompson LW 14 5 1 6 2 -4 1 0 0
Grant, DannyDanny Grant RW 13 2 2 4 6 -2 1 0 0
McDonough, AlAl McDonough RW 13 2 2 4 4 2 0 0 0
Ritchie, BobBob Ritchie LW 11 2 2 4 0 -1 1 0 0
Plumb, RobRob Plumb LW 7 2 1 3 0 -4 1 0 0
Giroux, LarryLarry Giroux D 5 0 3 3 4 -5 0 0 0
LeBlanc, J.P.J.P. LeBlanc C 3 0 2 2 4 1 0 0 0
Rutherford, JimJim Rutherford G 43 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0
Bergeron, MichelMichel Bergeron RW 3 1 0 1 0 -2 0 0 0
Low, RonRon Low G 32 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Cloutier, RolandRoland Cloutier C 1 0 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0
LeBlanc, FernFern LeBlanc C 2 0 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0
Vasko, RickRick Vasko D 3 0 0 0 7 -1 0 0 0
Hilworth, JohnJohn Hilworth D 5 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 0
Sheehy, TimTim Sheehy RW 15 0 0 0 0 -13 0 0 0
Giacomin, EdEd Giacomin G 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Rutherford, JimJim Rutherford 2468 43 20 17 4 134 3.26 1
Low, RonRon Low 1816 32 9 12 9 102 3.37 1
Giacomin, EdEd Giacomin 516 9 3 5 1 27 3.14 0
Team: 4800 80 32 34 14 263 3.29 2

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Nedomansky, VaclavVaclav Nedomansky RW 7 3 5 8 0 1 0 0
McCourt, DaleDale McCourt C 7 4 2 6 2 2 0 0
Woods, PaulPaul Woods LW 7 0 5 5 4 0 0 0
Libett, NickNick Libett LW 7 3 1 4 0 1 0 0
Lochead, BillBill Lochead LW 7 3 0 3 6 0 0 1
Thompson, ErrolErrol Thompson LW 7 2 1 3 2 1 0 1
Hextall, DennisDennis Hextall LW 7 1 1 2 10 0 1 1
St. Laurent, AndreAndre St. Laurent C 7 1 1 2 4 0 0 0
Bergman, ThommieThommie Bergman D 7 0 2 2 2 0 0 0
Larson, ReedReed Larson D 7 0 2 2 4 0 0 0
Polonich, DennisDennis Polonich C/RW 7 1 0 1 19 0 0 0
Rutherford, JimJim Rutherford G 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Cameron, AlAl Cameron D 7 0 1 1 2 0 0 0
Harper, TerryTerry Harper D 7 0 1 1 4 0 0 0
LeBlanc, J.P.J.P. LeBlanc C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Giroux, LarryLarry Giroux D 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Bowness, RickRick Bowness RW 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Joly, GregGreg Joly D 5 0 0 0 8 0 0 0
Hamel, JeanJean Hamel D 7 0 0 0 10 0 0 0
Hull, DennisDennis Hull LW 7 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Low, RonRon Low G 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Rutherford, JimJim Rutherford 180 3 2 1 12 4.00 0
Low, RonRon Low 240 4 1 3 17 4.25 0
Team: 420 7 3 4 29 4.14 0

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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]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

The Red Wings were involved in the following transactions during the 1977-78 season:

Trades[edit | edit source]

Player acquired Acquired from For
Andre St. Laurent New York Islanders Michel Bergeron
Cash Philadelphia Flyers Terry Murray
Dennis Hull Chicago Blackhawks Red Wings' 4th Round Draft Pick in 1980
Errol Thompson, 1st and 2nd Round Draft Pick in 1978, 1st Round Draft Pick in 1980 Toronto Maple Leafs Dan Maloney, 2nd Round Draft Pick in 1980

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

Detroit's picks at the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft in Mount Royal Hotel in Montreal, Quebec.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/junior/club team (League)
1 1 Dale McCourt Center Flag of Canada Canada St. Catharines Fincups (OHA)
3 37 Rick Vasko Defense Flag of Canada Canada Peterborough Petes (OHA)
4 55 John Hilworth Defense Flag of Canada Canada Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL)
5 73 Jim Korn Defense Flag of the United States United States Providence College (ECAC)
6 91 Jim Baxter Goaltender Flag of Canada Canada Union College (ECAC)
7 109 Randy Wilson Left Wing Flag of the United States United States Providence College (ECAC)
8 125 Ray Roy Center Flag of the United States United States Sherbrooke Castors (QMJHL)
9 141 Kip Churchill Center Flag of Canada Canada Union College (ECAC)
10 155 Lance Gatoni Defense Flag of Canada Canada University of Toronto (CIAU)
11 163 Rob Plumb Left Wing Flag of Canada Canada Kingston Canadians (OHA)
12 170 Alain Belanger Left Wing Flag of Canada Canada Trois-Rivières Draveurs (QMJHL)
13 175 Dean Willers Right Wing Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Union College (ECAC)
14 178 Roland Cloutier Center Flag of Canada Canada Trois-Rivières Draveurs (QMJHL)
15 181 Ed Hill Right Wing Flag of the United States United States University of Vermont (ECAC)
16 184 Val James Left Wing Flag of the United States United States Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
17 185 Grant Morin Right Wing Flag of Canada Canada Calgary Centennials (WCHL)
Reference: 1977 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved on 6 January 2009.

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1977–78 Detroit Red Wings Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-03.
  2. 1977-78 Detroit Red Wings Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-02.
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