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1988–89 New Jersey Devils · NHL
Division 5th Patrick
Conference 9th Prince of Wales
1988–89 record 27-41-12
Goals for 281
Goals against 325
General Manager Lou Lamoriello
Coach Jim Schoenfeld
Captain Kirk Muller
Arena Brendan Byrne Arena
Team Leaders
Goals John MacLean (42)
Assists Tom Kurvers (50)
Points John MacLean (87)
Penalties in minutes Ken Daneyko (283)
Wins Sean Burke (22)
Goals against average Chris Terreri (2.69)
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1987–88 1989–90

The 1988–89 New Jersey Devils season was the team's 7th season in the National Hockey League since the franchise relocated to New Jersey. The Devils finished 5th in the Patrick Division and did not qualify for the playoffs.

Regular Season[]

Final Standings[]

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Washington Capitals 80 41 29 10 305 259 92
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 40 33 7 347 349 87
New York Rangers 80 37 35 8 310 307 82
Philadelphia Flyers 80 36 36 8 307 285 80
New Jersey Devils 80 27 41 12 281 325 66
New York Islanders 80 28 47 5 265 325 61

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[]

# R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 6, 1988 1–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (season) 0–1–0
2 W October 8, 1988 5–3 @ Quebec Nordiques (season) 1–1–0
3 W October 10, 1988 5–0 @ New York Rangers (season) 2–1–0
4 L October 14, 1988 3–7 Montreal Canadiens (season) 2–2–0
5 L October 15, 1988 5–8 @ Washington Capitals (season) 2–3–0
6 L October 19, 1988 0–4 Vancouver Canucks (season) 2–4–0
7 W October 21, 1988 6–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (season) 3–4–0
8 T October 23, 1988 3–3 OT @ Detroit Red Wings (season) 3–4–1
9 L October 25, 1988 4–7 Buffalo Sabres (season) 3–5–1
10 W October 28, 1988 5–3 Hartford Whalers (season) 4–5–1
11 L October 29, 1988 0–3 @ Hartford Whalers (season) 4–6–1
12 W November 1, 1988 3–2 Philadelphia Flyers (season) 5–6–1
13 T November 3, 1988 3–3 OT Winnipeg Jets (season) 5–6–2
14 W November 6, 1988 6–5 New York Rangers (season) 6–6–2
15 L November 9, 1988 2–3 OT Edmonton Oilers (season) 6–7–2
16 T November 11, 1988 3–3 OT New York Islanders (season) 6–7–3
17 W November 12, 1988 6–3 @ Washington Capitals (season) 7–7–3
18 W November 15, 1988 4–2 @ St. Louis Blues (season) 8–7–3
19 L November 17, 1988 3–5 Calgary Flames (season) 8–8–3
20 L November 19, 1988 2–3 Washington Capitals (season) 8–9–3
21 L November 20, 1988 1–7 @ Philadelphia Flyers (season) 8–10–3
22 L November 23, 1988 2–3 @ Calgary Flames (season) 8–11–3
23 T November 25, 1988 2–2 OT @ Vancouver Canucks (season) 8–11–4
24 L November 29, 1988 3–9 @ Los Angeles Kings (season) 8–12–4
25 L December 3, 1988 3–5 Philadelphia Flyers (season) 8–13–4
26 L December 4, 1988 2–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (season) 8–14–4
27 W December 7, 1988 5–1 Washington Capitals (season) 9–14–4
28 W December 9, 1988 6–5 New York Islanders (season) 10–14–4
29 T December 10, 1988 4–4 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (season) 10–14–5
30 W December 13, 1988 4–3 St. Louis Blues (season) 11–14–5
31 W December 15, 1988 6–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (season) 12–14–5
32 L December 17, 1988 2–5 @ New York Islanders (season) 12–15–5
33 W December 18, 1988 5–3 @ Chicago Blackhawks (season) 13–15–5
34 T December 21, 1988 5–5 OT @ Winnipeg Jets (season) 13–15–6
35 T December 23, 1988 2–2 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (season) 13–15–7
36 L December 26, 1988 1–5 @ New York Rangers (season) 13–16–7
37 L December 27, 1988 5–7 New York Rangers (season) 13–17–7
38 L December 29, 1988 2–6 Boston Bruins (season) 13–18–7
39 L December 31, 1988 6–8 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (season) 13–19–7
40 W January 6, 1989 5–4 Buffalo Sabres (season) 14–19–7
41 W January 7, 1989 5–2 Detroit Red Wings (season) 15–19–7
42 W January 9, 1989 5–4 @ New York Rangers (season) 16–19–7
43 L January 11, 1989 0–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (season) 16–20–7
44 L January 13, 1989 3–5 New York Islanders (season) 16–21–7
45 W January 15, 1989 1–0 Edmonton Oilers (season) 17–21–7
46 L January 17, 1989 4–7 @ Quebec Nordiques (season) 17–22–7
47 L January 19, 1989 4–5 Quebec Nordiques (season) 17–23–7
48 W January 20, 1989 6–5 OT @ Washington Capitals (season) 18–23–7
49 L January 23, 1989 2–7 Minnesota North Stars (season) 18–24–7
50 T January 24, 1989 2–2 OT @ New York Islanders (season) 18–24–8
51 L January 27, 1989 6–8 Hartford Whalers (season) 18–25–8
52 T January 28, 1989 4–4 OT @ Minnesota North Stars (season) 18–25–9
53 T February 2, 1989 6–6 OT @ Los Angeles Kings (season) 18–25–10
54 W February 5, 1989 4–2 @ Edmonton Oilers (season) 19–25–10
55 W February 9, 1989 6–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (season) 20–25–10
56 L February 11, 1989 4–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (season) 20–26–10
57 W February 13, 1989 8–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (season) 21–26–10
58 L February 15, 1989 3–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (season) 21–27–10
59 L February 17, 1989 2–3 OT @ Winnipeg Jets (season) 21–28–10
60 L February 18, 1989 3–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (season) 21–29–10
61 L February 20, 1989 4–7 @ New York Rangers (season) 21–30–10
62 L February 24, 1989 2–6 Philadelphia Flyers (season) 21–31–10
63 T February 26, 1989 1–1 OT Los Angeles Kings (season) 21–31–11
64 T February 28, 1989 3–3 OT Boston Bruins (season) 21–31–12
65 L March 1, 1989 1–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (season) 21–32–12
66 W March 3, 1989 6–3 New York Rangers (season) 22–32–12
67 W March 5, 1989 2–0 Minnesota North Stars (season) 23–32–12
68 L March 7, 1989 2–6 @ St. Louis Blues (season) 23–33–12
69 W March 8, 1989 7–5 @ Chicago Blackhawks (season) 24–33–12
70 L March 11, 1989 2–3 OT @ New York Islanders (season) 24–34–12
71 L March 14, 1989 1–5 Calgary Flames (season) 24–35–12
72 L March 16, 1989 1–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (season) 24–36–12
73 L March 18, 1989 1–3 Chicago Blackhawks (season) 24–37–12
74 W March 20, 1989 3–1 Vancouver Canucks (season) 25–37–12
75 L March 23, 1989 3–5 @ Boston Bruins (season) 25–38–12
76 L March 25, 1989 4–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (season) 25–39–12
77 W March 27, 1989 5–3 Philadelphia Flyers (season) 26–39–12
78 L March 29, 1989 4–5 OT New York Islanders (season) 26–40–12
79 L April 1, 1989 4–6 @ Washington Capitals (season) 26–41–12
80 W April 2, 1989 7–4 Washington Capitals (season) 27–41–12

Playoffs[]

The 1988–89 season was a disappointing one for the Devils. Just a year after their Cinderella 1987–88 campaign in which they reached the Wales Conference Finals, the team failed to make the playoffs altogether, managing only a fifth place finish in the Patrick Division with a roster largely intact from the previous season.

Player Stats[]

Forwards[]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in minutes

Player GP G A Pts PIM
John MacLean 74 42 45 87 122
Kirk Muller 80 31 43 74 119
Patrik Sundström 65 28 41 69 36
Aaron Broten 80 16 43 59 81
Brendan Shanahan 68 22 28 50 115
Pat Verbeek 77 26 21 47 189
Mark Johnson 40 13 25 38 24
Doug Brown 63 15 10 25 15
Claude Loiselle 74 7 14 21 209
Pat Conacher 55 7 5 12 14
Anders Carlsson 47 4 8 12 20
David Maley 68 5 6 11 249
Perry Anderson 39 3 6 9 128
Paul Ysebaert 5 0 4 4 0
Steve Rooney 25 3 1 4 79
Jon Morris 4 0 2 2 0
Alan Stewart 6 0 2 2 15
George McPhee 1 0 1 1 2
Chris Cichocki 2 0 1 1 2
Janne Ojanen 3 0 1 1 2
Kevin Todd 1 0 0 0 0

Defencemen[]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in minutes

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Tom Kurvers 74 16 50 66 38
Jim Korn 65 15 16 31 212
Tommy Albelin 46 7 24 31 40
Jack O'Callahan 36 5 21 26 51
Joe Cirella 80 3 19 22 155
Randy Velischek 80 4 14 18 70
Bruce Driver 27 1 15 16 24
Craig Wolanin 56 3 8 11 69
Ken Daneyko 80 5 5 10 283
Jamie Huscroft 15 0 2 2 51
Eric Weinrich 2 0 0 0 0
Corey Foster 2 0 0 0 0

Goaltending[]

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

Player GP W L T SO GAA
Sean Burke 62 22 31 9 3 3.84
Bob Sauvé 15 4 5 1 0 4.67
Craig Billington 3 1 1 0 0 4.71
Chris Terreri 8 0 4 2 2.69

Awards and Records[]

  • The Devils did not win any awards this season.

Transactions[]

Draft Picks[]

The Devils' draft picks at the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.

Rd # Pick # Player Nat Pos Team (League) Notes
1 12 Corey Foster Flag of Canada Canada D Peterborough Petes (OHL)
2 23 Jeff Christian Flag of Canada Canada LW London Knights (OHL) [1]
3 54 Zdeno Ciger Flag of Slovakia Slovakia LW Martimex ZTS Martin HC (Czechoslovak Extraliga)
4 65 Matt Ruchty Flag of Canada Canada LW Bowling Green State University (CCHA) [1]
4 75 Scott Luik Flag of Canada Canada RW Miami University (CCHA)
5 96 Chris Nelson Flag of the United States United States D Rochester Jr. Americans (MJHL)
6 117 Chad Johnson Flag of the United States United States C Rochester Jr. Americans (MJHL)
7 138 Chad Erickson Flag of the United States United States G Warroad H.S. (Minnesota)
8 159 Bryan LaFort Flag of the United States United States G Waltham H.S. (Massachusetts)
9 180 Sergei Svetlov Flag of Russia Russia RW Moscow Dynamo (Soviet League)
10 201 Bob Woods Flag of Canada Canada D Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
10 207 Alexander Semak Flag of Russia Russia C Moscow Dynamo (Soviet League) [2]
11 222 Chuck Hughes Flag of the United States United States G Catholic Memorial H.S. (Massachusetts)
12 243 Michael Pohl Flag of Germany Germany F SB Rosenheim (DEL)

Farm Teams[]

See Also[]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Devils acquired 1988 second-round (Christian) and fourth-round (Ruchty) draft picks, along with Patrik Sundstrom, from Vancouver in exchange for the Devils' 1988 second-round draft pick (used on Leif Rohlin), Greg Adams and Kirk McLean on September 10, 1987.
  2. The Devils acquired the 1988 tenth-round draft pick from Boston for Steve Tsujiura on March 8, 1988.
New Jersey Devils
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New Jersey Devils coaches MacMillanMcVieCarpenterSchoenfeldCunniffBrooksLemaireFtorekRobinsonConstantineBurnsLamorielloJulienSutter
Division titles 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2005-06, 2006-07
Conference Championships 1994-95, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2002-03
Stanley Cups 1994-95, 1999-00, 2002-03
Affiliates Lowell Devils (AHL), Trenton Devils (ECHL)
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