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1977–78 Minnesota North Stars · NHL
Division 5th Smythe
Conference 10th Clarence Campbell
1977–78 record 18-53-9
Goals for 218
Goals against 325
General Manager Jack Gordon
Lou Nanne
Coach André Beaulieu
Lou Nanne
Captain Nick Beverley
Arena Met Center
Team Leaders
Goals Tim Young (23)
Assists Roland Eriksson (39)
Points Roland Eriksson (60)
Penalties in minutes Jerry Engele (105)
Wins Pete LoPresti (12)
Goals against average Paul Harrison (3.82)
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1976–77 1978–79

The 1977–78 Minnesota North Stars season was the team's 11th season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The North Stars finished 5th in the Smythe Division and didn't qualify for the playoffs.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

The North Stars were in financial trouble, and at season's end had the worst record in the league at 18-53-9. In June 1978, with both the North Stars and the Cleveland Barons on the verge of folding, the league approved an arrangement in which the two teams were permitted to merge under the ownership of Barons owner George Gund III. The merged franchise continued as the Minnesota North Stars, but assumed the Barons' old place in the Adams Division.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Smythe Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Chicago Black Hawks 80 32 29 19 230 220 83
Colorado Rockies 80 19 40 21 257 305 59
Vancouver Canucks 80 20 43 17 239 320 57
St. Louis Blues 80 20 47 13 195 304 53
Minnesota North Stars 80 18 53 9 218 325 45

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]

Regular Season Results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 12, 1977 3–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 0–1–0
2 L October 15, 1977 3–5 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 0–2–0
3 L October 19, 1977 1–5 @ Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 0–3–0
4 L October 20, 1977 4–7 Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 0–4–0
5 L October 22, 1977 2–4 Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 0–5–0
6 L October 23, 1977 1–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 0–6–0
7 W October 26, 1977 3–0 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 1–6–0
8 L October 27, 1977 1–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 1–7–0
9 W October 29, 1977 7–4 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 2–7–0
10 W November 2, 1977 3–2 New York Islanders (1977–78) 3–7–0
11 L November 5, 1977 2–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 3–8–0
12 W November 7, 1977 5–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 4–8–0
13 T November 9, 1977 2–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 4–8–1
14 L November 11, 1977 2–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 4–9–1
15 T November 12, 1977 2–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 4–9–2
16 W November 16, 1977 7–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 5–9–2
17 L November 19, 1977 2–7 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 5–10–2
18 L November 22, 1977 2–4 @ Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 5–11–2
19 L November 23, 1977 2–9 New York Islanders (1977–78) 5–12–2
20 T November 26, 1977 4–4 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 5–12–3
21 W November 29, 1977 4–3 Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 6–12–3
22 L December 1, 1977 2–4 @ Boston Bruins (1977–78) 6–13–3
23 L December 3, 1977 0–4 New York Rangers (1977–78) 6–14–3
24 T December 4, 1977 4–4 @ New York Rangers (1977–78) 6–14–4
25 L December 6, 1977 2–4 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 6–15–4
26 L December 7, 1977 3–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 6–16–4
27 L December 10, 1977 2–4 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 6–17–4
28 L December 11, 1977 3–8 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 6–18–4
29 W December 14, 1977 3–2 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 7–18–4
30 L December 16, 1977 5–8 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 7–19–4
31 L December 17, 1977 1–5 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 7–20–4
32 L December 21, 1977 1–8 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 7–21–4
33 W December 23, 1977 7–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 8–21–4
34 W December 27, 1977 1–0 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 9–21–4
35 L December 29, 1977 2–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 9–22–4
36 L January 4, 1978 3–5 New York Rangers (1977–78) 9–23–4
37 L January 7, 1978 1–3 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 9–24–4
38 L January 8, 1978 1–3 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 9–25–4
39 L January 11, 1978 3–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 9–26–4
40 T January 13, 1978 2–2 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 9–26–5
41 L January 14, 1978 2–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 9–27–5
42 L January 18, 1978 2–5 New York Islanders (1977–78) 9–28–5
43 L January 21, 1978 1–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 9–29–5
44 L January 22, 1978 3–4 Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 9–30–5
45 W January 26, 1978 2–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 10–30–5
46 L January 28, 1978 1–2 Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 10–31–5
47 W January 29, 1978 4–0 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 11–31–5
48 L January 31, 1978 4–7 @ Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 11–32–5
49 L February 1, 1978 1–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 11–33–5
50 L February 4, 1978 2–4 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 11–34–5
51 L February 8, 1978 0–3 @ New York Rangers (1977–78) 11–35–5
52 W February 11, 1978 3–2 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 12–35–5
53 T February 12, 1978 3–3 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 12–35–6
54 W February 16, 1978 4–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 13–35–6
55 L February 18, 1978 4–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 13–36–6
56 L February 19, 1978 1–2 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 13–37–6
57 W February 22, 1978 4–1 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 14–37–6
58 L February 24, 1978 2–3 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 14–38–6
59 L February 25, 1978 1–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 14–39–6
60 L February 28, 1978 1–7 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 14–40–6
61 L March 1, 1978 2–3 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 14–41–6
62 L March 4, 1978 1–3 Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 14–42–6
63 L March 5, 1978 3–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 14–43–6
64 L March 8, 1978 3–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 14–44–6
65 T March 11, 1978 1–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 14–44–7
66 L March 13, 1978 2–5 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 14–45–7
67 L March 16, 1978 2–7 @ Boston Bruins (1977–78) 14–46–7
68 T March 17, 1978 4–4 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 14–46–8
69 T March 19, 1978 7–7 New York Rangers (1977–78) 14–46–9
70 W March 21, 1978 7–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 15–46–9
71 L March 23, 1978 1–3 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 15–47–9
72 L March 25, 1978 3–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 15–48–9
73 L March 26, 1978 3–6 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 15–49–9
74 W March 28, 1978 9–4 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 16–49–9
75 L March 29, 1978 3–7 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 16–50–9
76 L April 1, 1978 2–4 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 16–51–9
77 W April 4, 1978 5–3 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 17–51–9
78 L April 5, 1978 2–7 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 17–52–9
79 L April 8, 1978 2–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 17–53–9
80 W April 9, 1978 3–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 18–53–9

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

  • The North Stars did not qualify for the post season.

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Skaters[edit | edit source]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Roland Eriksson 78 21 39 60 -29 12

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Goaltenders[edit | edit source]

Note: GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Player GP TOI W L OT GA SO SV% GAA

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

  • The North Stars did not win any awards this season.

References[edit | edit source]

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