1987–88 New York Rangers · NHL
Division 5th Patrick
Conference T-7th Wales
1987–88 record 36–34–10
Goals for 300
Goals against 283
General Manager Phil Esposito
Coach Michel Bergeron
Captain Kelly Kisio
Arena Madison Square Garden
Team Leaders
Goals Walt Poddubny (38)
Assists Kelly Kisio (55)
Points Walt Poddubny (88)
Penalties in minutes Michel Petit (223)
Wins John Vanbiesbrouck (27)
Goals against average John Vanbiesbrouck (3.38)
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1986–87 1988–89

The 1987–88 New York Rangers season was the 62nd season for the team in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Rangers finished 5th in the Patrick Division and did not qualify for the playoffs.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Rangers General Manager Phil Esposito was part of the four man committee that selected players and coaches for Team Canada at the 1987 Canada Cup. [1]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Islanders 80 39 31 10 308 267 88
Philadelphia Flyers 80 38 33 9 292 292 85
Washington Capitals 80 38 33 9 281 249 85
New Jersey Devils 80 38 36 6 295 296 82
New York Rangers 80 36 34 10 300 283 82
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 36 35 9 319 316 81

Note: GP = Games played, 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 T October 8, 1987 4–4 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (1987–88) 0–0–1
2 W October 10, 1987 6–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1987–88) 1–0–1
3 W October 12, 1987 4–2 Minnesota North Stars (1987–88) 2–0–1
4 T October 15, 1987 6–6 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1987–88) 2–0–2
5 L October 17, 1987 3–4 @ Washington Capitals (1987–88) 2–1–2
6 L October 19, 1987 2–4 Washington Capitals (1987–88) 2–2–2
7 L October 21, 1987 4–5 Calgary Flames (1987–88) 2–3–2
8 W October 23, 1987 7–3 Chicago Blackhawks (1987–88) 3–3–2
9 W October 24, 1987 5–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1987–88) 4–3–2
10 T October 26, 1987 2–2 OT Philadelphia Flyers (1987–88) 4–3–3
11 L October 28, 1987 3–4 Los Angeles Kings (1987–88) 4–4–3
12 L October 31, 1987 2–8 @ New York Islanders (1987–88) 4–5–3
13 L November 1, 1987 6–7 Edmonton Oilers (1987–88) 4–6–3
14 L November 3, 1987 3–5 @ Calgary Flames (1987–88) 4–7–3
15 L November 4, 1987 2–7 @ Edmonton Oilers (1987–88) 4–8–3
16 L November 7, 1987 4–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1987–88) 4–9–3
17 L November 10, 1987 2–3 New Jersey Devils (1987–88) 4–10–3
18 L November 14, 1987 2–3 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1987–88) 4–11–3
19 W November 15, 1987 6–4 Winnipeg Jets (1987–88) 5–11–3
20 L November 19, 1987 3–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1987–88) 5–12–3
21 W November 20, 1987 4–3 @ Winnipeg Jets (1987–88) 6–12–3
22 W November 25, 1987 5–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1987–88) 7–12–3
23 L November 28, 1987 4–5 @ New York Islanders (1987–88) 7–13–3
24 W November 29, 1987 3–1 New York Islanders (1987–88) 8–13–3
25 L December 3, 1987 3–4 @ Boston Bruins (1987–88) 8–14–3
26 W December 5, 1987 3–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1987–88) 9–14–3
27 T December 9, 1987 2–2 OT Montreal Canadiens (1987–88) 9–14–4
28 L December 10, 1987 3–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1987–88) 9–15–4
29 L December 12, 1987 3–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1987–88) 9–16–4
30 W December 14, 1987 4–3 Detroit Red Wings (1987–88) 10–16–4
31 W December 16, 1987 9–3 New Jersey Devils (1987–88) 11–16–4
32 L December 19, 1987 3–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1987–88) 11–17–4
33 L December 20, 1987 4–8 Pittsburgh Penguins (1987–88) 11–18–4
34 L December 22, 1987 4–6 Philadelphia Flyers (1987–88) 11–19–4
35 W December 26, 1987 5–3 @ New Jersey Devils (1987–88) 12–19–4
36 W December 27, 1987 4–1 Boston Bruins (1987–88) 13–19–4
37 T December 29, 1987 3–3 OT @ New York Islanders (1987–88) 13–19–5
38 W December 31, 1987 6–1 Quebec Nordiques (1987–88) 14–19–5
39 W January 2, 1988 5–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1987–88) 15–19–5
40 W January 4, 1988 6–2 St. Louis Blues (1987–88) 16–19–5
41 W January 6, 1988 4–2 Vancouver Canucks (1987–88) 17–19–5
42 L January 8, 1988 4–8 @ Washington Capitals (1987–88) 17–20–5
43 L January 10, 1988 3–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1987–88) 17–21–5
44 T January 11, 1988 2–2 OT Chicago Blackhawks (1987–88) 17–21–6
45 L January 13, 1988 4–7 Detroit Red Wings (1987–88) 17–22–6
46 L January 16, 1988 3–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1987–88) 17–23–6
47 L January 17, 1988 1–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1987–88) 17–24–6
48 L January 19, 1988 3–6 @ Los Angeles Kings (1987–88) 17–25–6
49 W January 22, 1988 6–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1987–88) 18–25–6
50 W January 28, 1988 5–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1987–88) 19–25–6
51 W January 30, 1988 4–2 @ Boston Bruins (1987–88) 20–25–6
52 T February 2, 1988 2–2 OT @ New York Islanders (1987–88) 20–25–7
53 L February 4, 1988 2–3 @ Quebec Nordiques (1987–88) 20–26–7
54 W February 6, 1988 3–0 @ Washington Capitals (1987–88) 21–26–7
55 W February 7, 1988 6–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1987–88) 22–26–7
56 L February 11, 1988 3–5 Washington Capitals (1987–88) 22–27–7
57 T February 14, 1988 4–4 OT New York Islanders (1987–88) 22–27–8
58 W February 15, 1988 3–1 Montreal Canadiens (1987–88) 23–27–8
59 W February 17, 1988 5–3 Calgary Flames (1987–88) 24–27–8
60 L February 19, 1988 3–6 @ New Jersey Devils (1987–88) 24–28–8
61 L February 21, 1988 4–6 Vancouver Canucks (1987–88) 24–29–8
62 W February 25, 1988 2–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1987–88) 25–29–8
63 W February 26, 1988 2–1 @ New Jersey Devils (1987–88) 26–29–8
64 W February 29, 1988 5–2 St. Louis Blues (1987–88) 27–29–8
65 W March 2, 1988 3–1 New York Islanders (1987–88) 28–29–8
66 L March 4, 1988 3–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1987–88) 28–30–8
67 L March 5, 1988 1–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1987–88) 28–31–8
68 W March 8, 1988 7–4 New Jersey Devils (1987–88) 29–31–8
69 W March 12, 1988 4–2 @ Washington Capitals (1987–88) 30–31–8
70 W March 15, 1988 3–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1987–88) 31–31–8
71 L March 16, 1988 4–8 Washington Capitals (1987–88) 31–32–8
72 W March 19, 1988 4–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1987–88) 32–32–8
73 W March 20, 1988 2–1 Hartford Whalers (1987–88) 33–32–8
74 L March 22, 1988 2–3 Buffalo Sabres (1987–88) 33–33–8
75 W March 24, 1988 6–1 Edmonton Oilers (1987–88) 34–33–8
76 T March 26, 1988 4–4 OT @ Detroit Red Wings (1987–88) 34–33–9
77 L March 27, 1988 2–7 @ New Jersey Devils (1987–88) 34–34–9
78 W March 30, 1988 4–3 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1987–88) 35–34–9
79 T April 1, 1988 6–6 OT @ Winnipeg Jets (1987–88) 35–34–10
80 W April 3, 1988 3–0 Quebec Nordiques (1987–88) 36–34–10

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

  • The Rangers 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
Poddubny, WaltWalt Poddubny LW 77 38 50 88 76 2 13 0 4
Kisio, KellyKelly Kisio C 77 23 55 78 88 8 9 1 1
Sandstrom, TomasTomas Sandstrom RW 69 28 40 68 95 -6 11 0 3
Dionne, MarcelMarcel Dionne C 67 31 34 65 54 -14 22 0 4
Patrick, JamesJames Patrick D 70 17 45 62 52 16 9 0 1
Mullen, BrianBrian Mullen RW 74 25 29 54 42 -2 10 0 4
Ogrodnick, JohnJohn Ogrodnick LW 64 22 32 54 16 -3 7 0 5
Dahlen, UlfUlf Dahlen LW 70 29 23 52 26 5 11 0 4
Maloney, DonDon Maloney LW 66 12 21 33 60 12 1 0 2
Petit, MichelMichel Petit D 64 9 24 33 223 3 2 0 3
Shaw, DavidDavid Shaw D 68 7 25 32 100 -8 5 0 1
DeBlois, LucienLucien DeBlois C 74 9 21 30 103 -3 2 0 0
Erixon, JanJan Erixon LW 70 7 19 26 33 3 0 1 0
Maciver, NormNorm Maciver D 37 9 15 24 14 10 1 0 2
Cyr, PaulPaul Cyr LW 40 4 13 17 41 -5 1 1 0
Gronstrand, JariJari Gronstrand D 62 3 11 14 63 8 1 0 0
Leetch, BrianBrian Leetch D 17 2 12 14 0 5 1 0 1
Larouche, PierrePierre Larouche C 10 3 9 12 13 -3 2 0 0
Duguay, RonRon Duguay C/RW 48 4 4 8 23 -9 0 2 0
Nilan, ChrisChris Nilan RW 22 3 5 8 96 0 0 0 0
Greschner, RonRon Greschner D 51 1 5 6 82 -9 0 0 0
Walker, GordGord Walker RW 18 1 4 5 17 -8 0 0 0
Vanbiesbrouck, JohnJohn Vanbiesbrouck G 56 0 5 5 46 0 0 0 0
Donnelly, MikeMike Donnelly LW 17 2 2 4 8 -5 0 0 0
Hardy, MarkMark Hardy D 19 2 2 4 31 -5 0 0 0
Pichette, DaveDave Pichette D 6 1 3 4 4 -3 0 0 0
Huber, WillieWillie Huber D 11 1 3 4 14 -4 0 0 0
Paterson, JoeJoe Paterson LW 21 1 3 4 63 -4 0 0 0
Bell, BruceBruce Bell D 13 1 2 3 8 -10 0 0 1
Tinordi, MarkMark Tinordi D 24 1 2 3 50 -5 0 0 0
Nemeth, SteveSteve Nemeth C 12 2 0 2 2 -4 0 1 0
Brubaker, JeffJeff Brubaker LW 31 2 0 2 78 0 0 0 0
Boutilier, PaulPaul Boutilier D 4 0 1 1 6 -1 0 0 0
Wheeldon, SimonSimon Wheeldon C 5 0 1 1 4 -2 0 0 0
Talakoski, RonRon Talakoski RW 6 0 1 1 12 0 0 0 0
Jensen, ChrisChris Jensen RW 7 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 0
Melnyk, LarryLarry Melnyk D 14 0 1 1 34 -7 0 0 0
Pavese, JimJim Pavese D 14 0 1 1 48 -7 0 0 0
Froese, BobBob Froese G 25 0 1 1 6 0 0 0 0
Janssens, MarkMark Janssens C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poeschek, RudyRudy Poeschek RW/D 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Giles, CurtCurt Giles D 13 0 0 0 10 -5 0 0 0
Siltala, MikeMike Siltala RW 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scott, RonRon Scott G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Vanbiesbrouck, JohnJohn Vanbiesbrouck 3319 56 27 22 7 187 3.38 2 1700 1513 .890
Froese, BobBob Froese 1443 25 8 11 3 85 3.53 0 697 612 .878
Scott, RonRon Scott 90 2 1 1 0 6 4.00 0 41 35 .854
Team: 4852 80 36 34 10 278 3.44 2 2438 2160 .886

[2]

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. Gretzky to Lemieux: The Story of the 1987 Canada Cup, p.8, Ed Willies, McLelland and Stewart, Toronto, Canada, 2007, ISBN 978-0-7710-8942-8
  2. 1987-88 New York Rangers Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-15.
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