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1986–87 New York Rangers · NHL
Division 4th Patrick
Conference 7th Wales
1986–87 record 34–38–8
Goals for 307
Goals against 323
General Manager Phil Esposito
Coach Ted Sator
Tom Webster
Phil Esposito
Captain Ron Greschner
Arena Madison Square Garden
Team Leaders
Goals Walt Poddubny
Tomas Sandstrom (40)
Assists Walt Poddubny (47)
Points Walt Poddubny (87)
Penalties in minutes Larry Melnyk (182)
Wins John Vanbiesbrouck (18)
Goals against average John Vanbiesbrouck (3.64)
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1985–86 1987–88

The 1986–87 New York Rangers season was the 61st season for the franchise in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Rangers finished 4th in the Patrick Division and lost in the Division Semi-finals to the Philadelphia Flyers 4 games to 2.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Philadelphia Flyers 80 46 26 8 310 245 100
Washington Capitals 80 38 32 10 285 278 86
New York Islanders 80 35 33 12 279 281 82
New York Rangers 80 34 38 8 307 323 76
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 30 38 12 297 290 72
New Jersey Devils 80 29 45 6 293 368 64

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 Schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 9, 1986 3–5 New Jersey Devils (1986–87) 0–1–0
2 L October 11, 1986 5–6 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1986–87) 0–2–0
3 L October 13, 1986 6–7 OT Washington Capitals (1986–87) 0–3–0
4 T October 15, 1986 5–5 OT @ Chicago Blackhawks (1986–87) 0–3–1
5 W October 18, 1986 3–2 @ New York Islanders (1986–87) 1–3–1
6 T October 19, 1986 2–2 OT New York Islanders (1986–87) 1–3–2
7 W October 22, 1986 5–4 OT Los Angeles Kings (1986–87) 2–3–2
8 T October 25, 1986 3–3 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1986–87) 2–3–3
9 T October 26, 1986 3–3 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1986–87) 2–3–4
10 L October 29, 1986 2–7 @ St. Louis Blues (1986–87) 2–4–4
11 L November 2, 1986 4–5 OT Winnipeg Jets (1986–87) 2–5–4
12 L November 5, 1986 4–5 OT @ Detroit Red Wings (1986–87) 2–6–4
13 W November 8, 1986 3–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1986–87) 3–6–4
14 L November 9, 1986 5–6 @ Quebec Nordiques (1986–87) 3–7–4
15 W November 12, 1986 2–1 OT Buffalo Sabres (1986–87) 4–7–4
16 W November 14, 1986 2–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1986–87) 5–7–4
17 L November 16, 1986 6–8 Edmonton Oilers (1986–87) 5–8–4
18 L November 17, 1986 2–3 @ New Jersey Devils (1986–87) 5–9–4
19 L November 19, 1986 4–5 OT @ Edmonton Oilers (1986–87) 5–10–4
20 W November 21, 1986 8–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1986–87) 6–10–4
21 L November 22, 1986 5–8 @ Calgary Flames (1986–87) 6–11–4
22 W November 26, 1986 4–2 Quebec Nordiques (1986–87) 7–11–4
23 T November 29, 1986 5–5 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1986–87) 7–11–5
24 T November 30, 1986 2–2 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (1986–87) 7–11–6
25 L December 2, 1986 5–8 @ New Jersey Devils (1986–87) 7–12–6
26 W December 5, 1986 6–3 @ Winnipeg Jets (1986–87) 8–12–6
27 W December 10, 1986 5–4 Los Angeles Kings (1986–87) 9–12–6
28 L December 11, 1986 2–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1986–87) 9–13–6
29 W December 14, 1986 3–1 @ Washington Capitals (1986–87) 10–13–6
30 L December 15, 1986 3–4 Minnesota North Stars (1986–87) 10–14–6
31 W December 17, 1986 6–1 Washington Capitals (1986–87) 11–14–6
32 L December 20, 1986 2–5 @ New York Islanders (1986–87) 11–15–6
33 L December 21, 1986 3–4 OT Hartford Whalers (1986–87) 11–16–6
34 W December 23, 1986 8–5 New Jersey Devils (1986–87) 12–16–6
35 W December 26, 1986 7–4 @ New Jersey Devils (1986–87) 13–16–6
36 L December 27, 1986 2–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1986–87) 13–17–6
37 W December 30, 1986 5–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1986–87) 14–17–6
38 W December 31, 1986 4–3 OT New York Islanders (1986–87) 15–17–6
39 W January 3, 1987 5–2 @ Quebec Nordiques (1986–87) 16–17–6
40 T January 5, 1987 3–3 OT Minnesota North Stars (1986–87) 16–17–7
41 L January 7, 1987 3–6 Philadelphia Flyers (1986–87) 16–18–7
42 L January 9, 1987 1–2 New York Islanders (1986–87) 16–19–7
43 W January 11, 1987 8–3 Vancouver Canucks (1986–87) 17–19–7
44 L January 12, 1987 1–4 @ Boston Bruins (1986–87) 17–20–7
45 W January 14, 1987 8–5 @ Calgary Flames (1986–87) 18–20–7
46 T January 19, 1987 2–2 OT @ Los Angeles Kings (1986–87) 18–20–8
47 L January 21, 1987 3–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1986–87) 18–21–8
48 L January 23, 1987 4–7 @ Edmonton Oilers (1986–87) 18–22–8
49 W January 26, 1987 6–3 New Jersey Devils (1986–87) 19–22–8
50 L January 28, 1987 1–2 Winnipeg Jets (1986–87) 19–23–8
51 W January 31, 1987 3–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1986–87) 20–23–8
52 W February 1, 1987 5–4 Boston Bruins (1986–87) 21–23–8
53 W February 4, 1987 3–2 Washington Capitals (1986–87) 22–23–8
54 W February 7, 1987 5–4 OT @ Washington Capitals (1986–87) 23–23–8
55 L February 8, 1987 4–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1986–87) 23–24–8
56 W February 15, 1987 4–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1986–87) 24–24–8
57 W February 17, 1987 6–2 Detroit Red Wings (1986–87) 25–24–8
58 L February 19, 1987 2–5 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1986–87) 25–25–8
59 L February 20, 1987 3–6 Buffalo Sabres (1986–87) 25–26–8
60 L February 22, 1987 2–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1986–87) 25–27–8
61 W February 24, 1987 6–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1986–87) 26–27–8
62 W February 25, 1987 4–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1986–87) 27–27–8
63 L February 28, 1987 1–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1986–87) 27–28–8
64 L March 1, 1987 3–7 @ Washington Capitals (1986–87) 27–29–8
65 W March 4, 1987 7–5 New York Islanders (1986–87) 28–29–8
66 L March 8, 1987 4–7 Calgary Flames (1986–87) 28–30–8
67 W March 11, 1987 3–2 Boston Bruins (1986–87) 29–30–8
68 W March 12, 1987 6–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1986–87) 30–30–8
69 W March 14, 1987 3–2 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1986–87) 31–30–8
70 L March 15, 1987 2–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1986–87) 31–31–8
71 L March 17, 1987 1–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1986–87) 31–32–8
72 L March 18, 1987 3–5 Hartford Whalers (1986–87) 31–33–8
73 L March 21, 1987 3–4 @ New York Islanders (1986–87) 31–34–8
74 W March 22, 1987 5–3 Chicago Blackhawks (1986–87) 32–34–8
75 L March 25, 1987 2–8 New Jersey Devils (1986–87) 32–35–8
76 W March 27, 1987 6–4 St. Louis Blues (1986–87) 33–35–8
77 W March 30, 1987 6–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1986–87) 34–35–8
78 L April 1, 1987 1–5 Washington Capitals (1986–87) 34–36–8
79 L April 4, 1987 3–5 @ Hartford Whalers (1986–87) 34–37–8
80 L April 5, 1987 2–8 Montreal Canadiens (1986–87) 34–38–8

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Philadelphia Flyers 4, New York Rangers 2[edit | edit source]

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Poddubny, WaltWalt Poddubny LW 75 40 47 87 49 16 11 0 5
Sandstrom, TomasTomas Sandstrom RW 64 40 34 74 60 8 13 0 5
Kisio, KellyKelly Kisio C 70 24 40 64 73 -5 4 2 1
Larouche, PierrePierre Larouche C 73 28 35 63 12 -7 8 0 3
Maloney, DonDon Maloney LW 72 19 38 57 117 7 3 3 0
Patrick, JamesJames Patrick D 78 10 45 55 62 13 5 0 0
McKegney, TonyTony McKegney LW 64 29 17 46 56 -1 7 2 6
Greschner, RonRon Greschner D 61 6 34 40 62 -6 1 1 1
Ridley, MikeMike Ridley C 38 16 20 36 20 -10 4 0 1
Osborne, MarkMark Osborne LW 58 17 15 32 101 -15 5 0 2
Huber, WillieWillie Huber D 66 8 22 30 68 -13 3 1 0
Erixon, JanJan Erixon LW 68 8 18 26 24 3 0 1 1
Duguay, RonRon Duguay C/RW 34 9 12 21 9 -8 2 1 0
Miller, KellyKelly Miller LW 38 6 14 20 22 -5 2 0 1
Giles, CurtCurt Giles D 61 2 17 19 50 3 0 0 0
Melnyk, LarryLarry Melnyk D 73 3 12 15 182 -13 0 0 1
Carkner, TerryTerry Carkner D 52 2 13 15 118 -1 0 0 0
Jensen, ChrisChris Jensen RW 37 6 7 13 21 -1 0 1 2
DeBlois, LucienLucien DeBlois C 40 3 8 11 27 -7 1 0 0
Laidlaw, TomTom Laidlaw D 63 1 10 11 65 -18 1 0 1
Dionne, MarcelMarcel Dionne C 14 4 6 10 6 -8 1 0 0
Carpenter, BobbyBobby Carpenter C 28 2 8 10 20 -12 1 0 0
McPhee, GeorgeGeorge McPhee LW 21 4 4 8 34 -2 0 0 2
Brooke, BobBob Brooke C 15 3 5 8 20 -3 0 0 0
Samuelsson, KjellKjell Samuelsson D 30 2 6 8 50 -2 0 0 0
Jackson, JeffJeff Jackson LW 9 5 1 6 15 -3 2 0 1
Helminen, RaimoRaimo Helminen C 21 2 4 6 2 -8 1 0 0
Gagner, DaveDave Gagner C 10 1 4 5 12 -1 0 0 0
Lambert, LaneLane Lambert RW 18 2 2 4 33 2 0 0 1
Maxwell, BradBrad Maxwell D 9 0 4 4 6 -1 0 0 0
Caufield, JayJay Caufield RW 13 2 1 3 45 -2 0 0 0
Donnelly, MikeMike Donnelly LW 5 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
Price, PatPat Price D 13 0 2 2 49 -8 0 0 0
Froese, BobBob Froese G 28 0 2 2 56 0 0 0 0
Walker, GordGord Walker RW 1 1 0 1 4 2 0 0 0
Jackson, DonDon Jackson D 22 1 0 1 91 -1 0 0 0
Maciver, NormNorm Maciver D 3 0 1 1 0 -5 0 0 0
Leavins, JimJim Leavins D 4 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 0
Vanbiesbrouck, JohnJohn Vanbiesbrouck G 50 0 1 1 18 0 0 0 0
Siltala, MikeMike Siltala RW 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Crawford, BobBob Crawford RW 3 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
Kulak, StuStu Kulak RW 3 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Talakoski, RonRon Talakoski RW 3 0 0 0 21 1 0 0 0
Fenton, PaulPaul Fenton LW 8 0 0 0 2 -5 0 0 0
Scott, RonRon Scott G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Soetaert, DougDoug Soetaert G 13 0 0 0 14 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Vanbiesbrouck, JohnJohn Vanbiesbrouck 2656 50 18 20 5 161 3.64 0 1369 1208 .882
Froese, BobBob Froese 1474 28 14 11 0 92 3.74 0 784 692 .883
Soetaert, DougDoug Soetaert 675 13 2 7 2 58 5.16 0 368 310 .842
Scott, RonRon Scott 65 1 0 0 1 5 4.62 0 35 30 .857
Team: 4870 80 34 38 8 316 3.89 0 2556 2240 .876

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Larouche, PierrePierre Larouche C 6 3 2 5 4 -4 0 0 1
Greschner, RonRon Greschner D 6 0 5 5 0 -1 0 0 0
Maloney, DonDon Maloney LW 6 2 1 3 6 3 0 0 0
Patrick, JamesJames Patrick D 6 1 2 3 2 -5 1 0 1
Sandstrom, TomasTomas Sandstrom RW 6 1 2 3 20 -8 0 0 0
Duguay, RonRon Duguay C/RW 6 2 0 2 4 1 1 0 0
Dionne, MarcelMarcel Dionne C 6 1 1 2 2 -4 1 0 0
Jackson, JeffJeff Jackson LW 6 1 1 2 16 -2 0 0 0
Huber, WillieWillie Huber D 6 0 2 2 6 -6 0 0 0
Erixon, JanJan Erixon LW 6 1 0 1 0 -5 0 0 0
McPhee, GeorgeGeorge McPhee LW 6 1 0 1 28 -2 1 0 0
Kisio, KellyKelly Kisio C 4 0 1 1 2 -2 0 0 0
Price, PatPat Price D 6 0 1 1 27 -2 0 0 0
Carkner, TerryTerry Carkner D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DeBlois, LucienLucien DeBlois C 2 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
Caufield, JayJay Caufield RW 3 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 0
Kulak, StuStu Kulak RW 3 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
Giles, CurtCurt Giles D 5 0 0 0 6 1 0 0 0
McKegney, TonyTony McKegney LW 6 0 0 0 12 -3 0 0 0
Melnyk, LarryLarry Melnyk D 6 0 0 0 4 -4 0 0 0
Poddubny, WaltWalt Poddubny LW 6 0 0 0 8 -7 0 0 0
Vanbiesbrouck, JohnJohn Vanbiesbrouck G 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Froese, BobBob Froese G 4 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Froese, BobBob Froese 165 4 1 1 10 3.64 0 96 86 .896
Vanbiesbrouck, JohnJohn Vanbiesbrouck 195 4 1 3 11 3.38 1 110 99 .900
Team: 360 6 2 4 21 3.50 1 206 185 .898

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Note: Pos = Position; 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; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

  • The Rangers 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. 1986-87 New York Rangers Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-15.
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