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1978–79 Detroit Red Wings
Division 5th Norris
1978–79 record 23–41–16
Goals for 252
Goals against 295
Team information
General manager Ted Lindsay
Coach Bobby Kromm
Captain Dennis Hextall
Nick Libett
Paul Woods
Arena Detroit Olympia
Team leaders
Goals Vaclav Nedomansky (38)
Assists Reed Larson (49)
Points Vaclav Nedomansky (73)
Penalty minutes Dennis Polonich (208)
Wins Jim Rutherford (13)
Goals against average Jim Rutherford (3.27)

The 1978–79 Detroit Red Wings season was the Red Wings' 53rd season. The Wings finished 5th in the Norris Division and did not qualify for the playoffs.

Off-season

Regular Season

Final Standings

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Montreal Canadiens 80 52 17 11 337 204 115
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 36 31 13 281 279 85
Los Angeles Kings 80 34 34 12 292 286 80
Washington Capitals 80 24 41 15 273 338 63
Detroit Red Wings 80 23 41 16 252 295 62

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

Regular Season Results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 11, 1978 4–5 St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 0–1–0
2 L October 14, 1978 1–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 0–2–0
3 W October 15, 1978 3–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 1–2–0
4 T October 18, 1978 3–3 @ New York Rangers (1978–79) 1–2–1
5 T October 19, 1978 2–2 New York Rangers (1978–79) 1–2–2
6 T October 21, 1978 4–4 Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 1–2–3
7 W October 25, 1978 5–4 Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 2–2–3
8 W October 27, 1978 5–2 @ Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 3–2–3
9 W October 28, 1978 7–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 4–2–3
10 L November 1, 1978 1–4 Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 4–3–3
11 L November 4, 1978 3–7 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 4–4–3
12 T November 5, 1978 3–3 @ Washington Capitals (1978–79) 4–4–4
13 L November 8, 1978 4–6 Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 4–5–4
14 L November 9, 1978 3–8 @ Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 4–6–4
15 W November 11, 1978 7–1 Boston Bruins (1978–79) 5–6–4
16 L November 15, 1978 3–5 @ Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 5–7–4
17 L November 18, 1978 1–3 Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 5–8–4
18 L November 19, 1978 3–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 5–9–4
19 T November 22, 1978 3–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 5–9–5
20 L November 25, 1978 0–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 5–10–5
21 W November 26, 1978 4–2 Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 6–10–5
22 T November 29, 1978 2–2 @ Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 6–10–6
23 L December 1, 1978 1–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 6–11–6
24 L December 2, 1978 2–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 6–12–6
25 T December 6, 1978 2–2 Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 6–12–7
26 L December 7, 1978 5–6 @ Boston Bruins (1978–79) 6–13–7
27 W December 9, 1978 5–4 New York Rangers (1978–79) 7–13–7
28 T December 10, 1978 3–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 7–13–8
29 T December 13, 1978 5–5 Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 7–13–9
30 L December 14, 1978 1–4 @ New York Islanders (1978–79) 7–14–9
31 L December 16, 1978 2–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1978–79) 7–15–9
32 L December 17, 1978 0–3 New York Islanders (1978–79) 7–16–9
33 W December 20, 1978 7–2 Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 8–16–9
34 L December 22, 1978 2–4 @ New York Rangers (1978–79) 8–17–9
35 T December 23, 1978 2–2 Washington Capitals (1978–79) 8–17–10
36 T December 26, 1978 2–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 8–17–11
37 L December 27, 1978 2–5 Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 8–18–11
38 L December 30, 1978 1–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 8–19–11
39 L December 31, 1978 4–5 Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 8–20–11
40 L January 6, 1979 1–4 Washington Capitals (1978–79) 8–21–11
41 L January 7, 1979 3–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 8–22–11
42 T January 10, 1979 5–5 New York Islanders (1978–79) 8–22–12
43 T January 11, 1979 3–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 8–22–13
44 L January 13, 1979 3–7 Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 8–23–13
45 W January 17, 1979 4–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 9–23–13
46 L January 19, 1979 1–5 @ Washington Capitals (1978–79) 9–24–13
47 L January 20, 1979 3–4 Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 9–25–13
48 T January 25, 1979 6–6 @ Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 9–25–14
49 L January 27, 1979 3–6 Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 9–26–14
50 L January 28, 1979 2–7 @ Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 9–27–14
51 W January 30, 1979 7–4 Washington Capitals (1978–79) 10–27–14
52 L February 1, 1979 1–6 @ Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 10–28–14
53 L February 3, 1979 2–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 10–29–14
54 W February 4, 1979 8–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 11–29–14
55 L February 14, 1979 2–3 Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 11–30–14
56 W February 18, 1979 6–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 12–30–14
57 L February 19, 1979 2–6 Toronto Maple Leafs (1978–79) 12–31–14
58 W February 21, 1979 4–3 @ Washington Capitals (1978–79) 13–31–14
59 L February 24, 1979 1–3 @ New York Islanders (1978–79) 13–32–14
60 W February 25, 1979 8–1 Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 14–32–14
61 L February 28, 1979 5–6 St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 14–33–14
62 W March 3, 1979 5–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 15–33–14
63 L March 4, 1979 4–6 Boston Bruins (1978–79) 15–34–14
64 L March 7, 1979 1–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 15–35–14
65 T March 11, 1979 3–3 Washington Capitals (1978–79) 15–35–15
66 T March 12, 1979 3–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 15–35–16
67 W March 14, 1979 4–1 @ Washington Capitals (1978–79) 16–35–16
68 W March 17, 1979 3–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 17–35–16
69 W March 18, 1979 4–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 18–35–16
70 W March 20, 1979 5–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 19–35–16
71 W March 21, 1979 4–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1978–79) 20–35–16
72 L March 24, 1979 2–5 @ Boston Bruins (1978–79) 20–36–16
73 W March 25, 1979 2–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1978–79) 21–36–16
74 L March 27, 1979 2–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 21–37–16
75 L March 28, 1979 1–8 @ Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 21–38–16
76 L March 31, 1979 4–5 Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 21–39–16
77 W April 1, 1979 3–1 Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 22–39–16
78 L April 4, 1979 1–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 22–40–16
79 L April 7, 1979 3–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 22–41–16
80 W April 8, 1979 1–0 Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 23–41–16

Playoffs

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

Player Stats

Regular Season

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Nedomansky, VaclavVaclav Nedomansky RW 80 38 35 73 19 -13 13 0 2
McCourt, DaleDale McCourt C 79 28 43 71 14 -27 14 2 3
Larson, ReedReed Larson D 79 18 49 67 169 -20 6 2 0
Thompson, ErrolErrol Thompson LW 70 23 31 54 26 -28 8 0 3
St. Laurent, AndreAndre St. Laurent C 76 18 31 49 124 -31 4 1 1
Labraaten, DanDan Labraaten LW 78 19 19 38 8 -17 7 0 3
Woods, PaulPaul Woods LW 80 14 23 37 59 -26 1 3 1
Libett, NickNick Libett LW 68 15 19 34 20 4 3 1 0
Huber, WillieWillie Huber D 68 7 24 31 114 -25 4 0 2
Bolduc, DanDan Bolduc LW 56 16 13 29 14 -9 3 0 4
Miller, PerryPerry Miller D 75 5 23 28 156 -13 3 0 1
Bergman, ThommieThommie Bergman D 68 10 17 27 64 -25 3 1 1
Polonich, DennisDennis Polonich C/RW 62 10 12 22 208 -10 1 0 0
Cloutier, RolandRoland Cloutier C 19 6 6 12 2 0 1 0 1
Hextall, DennisDennis Hextall LW 20 4 8 12 33 3 2 0 0
LeBlanc, FernFern LeBlanc C 29 5 6 11 0 1 1 0 0
Lochead, BillBill Lochead LW 40 4 7 11 20 -4 0 0 0
Carroll, GregGreg Carroll C 36 2 9 11 8 -6 1 0 0
Hogaboam, BillBill Hogaboam C 18 4 6 10 4 -5 1 0 1
LeBlanc, J.P.J.P. LeBlanc C 24 2 6 8 4 -7 2 0 0
Hamel, JeanJean Hamel D 52 2 4 6 72 -9 0 0 0
Harper, TerryTerry Harper D 51 0 6 6 58 -3 0 0 0
Joly, GregGreg Joly D 20 0 4 4 6 -8 0 0 0
Cameron, AlAl Cameron D 9 0 3 3 8 1 0 0 0
Plumb, RobRob Plumb LW 7 1 1 2 2 -1 0 0 0
Hilworth, JohnJohn Hilworth D 37 1 1 2 66 -13 0 0 0
Gloeckner, LorryLorry Gloeckner D 13 0 2 2 6 -7 0 0 0
Taft, JohnJohn Taft D 15 0 2 2 4 2 0 0 0
Rutherford, JimJim Rutherford G 32 0 2 2 4 0 0 0 0
Vachon, RogieRogie Vachon G 50 0 1 1 21 0 0 0 0
Short, SteveSteve Short LW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Skaare, BjornBjorn Skaare C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Peterson, BrentBrent Peterson C 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Davis, MalMal Davis LW 6 0 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0
Hanson, DaveDave Hanson D 11 0 0 0 26 -1 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Rutherford, JimJim Rutherford 1892 32 13 14 5 103 3.27 1
Vachon, RogieRogie Vachon 2908 50 10 27 11 189 3.90 0
Team: 4800 80 23 41 16 292 3.65 1

[1]

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

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

Transactions

Draft Picks

  • Ladislav Svozil was the first Czechoslovakian player drafted in the history of the NHL Draft. The Red Wings selected Svozil with their 14th pick in the 1978 Draft.[2]

Farm Teams

See Also

References

  1. 1978-79 Detroit Red Wings Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-02.
  2. Hockey’s Book of Firsts, p.46, James Duplacey, JG Press, ISBN 978-1-57215-037-9
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