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1996–97 New York Rangers · NHL
Division 4th Atlantic
Conference 5th Eastern
1996–97 record 38–34–10
Home record 21–14–6
Road record 17–20–4
Goals for 258
Goals against 231
General Manager Neil Smith
Coach Colin Campbell
Captain Mark Messier
Alternate captains Brian Leetch
Adam Graves
Arena Madison Square Garden
Average attendance 18,200 (100%)
Team Leaders
Goals Mark Messier (36)
Assists Wayne Gretzky (72)
Points Wayne Gretzky (97)
Penalties in minutes Darren Langdon (195)
Wins Mike Richter (33)
Goals against average Glenn Healy (2.61)
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The 1996–97 New York Rangers season was the Rangers' 71st season. The aspect of the season was that it was Wayne Gretzky’s first season in New York.


Offseason[edit | edit source]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Final standings[edit | edit source]

Atlantic Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
New Jersey Devils 82 45 23 14 231 182 104
Philadelphia Flyers 82 45 24 13 274 217 103
Florida Panthers 82 35 28 19 221 201 89
New York Rangers 82 38 34 10 258 231 86
Washington Capitals 82 33 40 9 214 231 75
Tampa Bay Lightning 82 32 40 10 217 247 74
New York Islanders 82 29 41 12 240 250 70

Game log[edit | edit source]

# R Date Score Opponent Record
1 T Oct 5, 1996 4–4 OT @ Boston Bruins 0–0–1
2 L Oct 6, 1996 2–5 Florida Panthers 0–1–1
3 T Oct 8, 1996 1–1 OT @ Florida Panthers 0–1–2
4 L Oct 10, 1996 1–2 Dallas Stars 0–2–2
5 L Oct 12, 1996 2–5 @ Montreal Canadiens 0–3–2
6 W Oct 14, 1996 5–4 Calgary Flames 1–3–2
7 W Oct 16, 1996 8–1 Pittsburgh Penguins 2–3–2
8 W Oct 18, 1996 2–1 St. Louis Blues 3–3–2
9 L Oct 20, 1996 2–5 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 3–4–2
10 L Oct 23, 1996 2–3 Washington Capitals 3–5–2
11 L Oct 25, 1996 4–6 @ Florida Panthers 3–6–2
12 W Oct 27, 1996 6–4 Buffalo Sabres 4–6–2
13 T Oct 29, 1996 1–1 OT Florida Panthers 4–6–3
14 W Oct 30, 1996 6–1 @ New Jersey Devils 5–6–3
15 W Nov 2, 1996 5–2 @ Boston Bruins 6–6–3
16 L Nov 4, 1996 3–5 Tampa Bay Lightning 6–7–3
17 T Nov 6, 1996 1–1 OT @ New York Islanders 6–7–4
18 L Nov 9, 1996 2–3 @ Washington Capitals 6–8–4
19 L Nov 11, 1996 2–3 Vancouver Canucks 6–9–4
20 L Nov 13, 1996 1–2 Philadelphia Flyers 6–10–4
21 W Nov 16, 1996 8–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 7–10–4
22 L Nov 18, 1996 3–5 @ Calgary Flames 7–11–4
23 L Nov 21, 1996 2–3 @ Edmonton Oilers 7–12–4
24 L Nov 23, 1996 3–5 @ Vancouver Canucks 7–13–4
25 W Nov 26, 1996 3–1 @ Phoenix Coyotes 8–13–4
26 W Nov 27, 1996 5–2 @ Colorado Avalanche 9–13–4
27 W Dec 1, 1996 6–2 Montreal Canadiens 10–13–4
28 T Dec 4, 1996 1–1 OT Philadelphia Flyers 10–13–5
29 W Dec 6, 1996 6–5 Toronto Maple Leafs 11–13–5
30 W Dec 7, 1996 4–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs 12–13–5
31 W Dec 9, 1996 5–2 Phoenix Coyotes 13–13–5
32 L Dec 11, 1996 3–5 New York Islanders 13–14–5
33 W Dec 13, 1996 3–0 @ Buffalo Sabres 14–14–5
34 W Dec 16, 1996 5–2 Hartford Whalers 15–14–5
35 W Dec 18, 1996 4–0 Los Angeles Kings 16–14–5
36 W Dec 21, 1996 3–2 OT @ Montreal Canadiens 17–14–5
37 W Dec 22, 1996 7–3 Florida Panthers 18–14–5
38 L Dec 26, 1996 2–5 @ Ottawa Senators 18–15–5
39 W Dec 27, 1996 3–2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 19–15–5
40 W Dec 30, 1996 3–2 @ Dallas Stars 20–15–5
41 L Dec 31, 1996 2–4 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 20–16–5
42 W Jan 2, 1997 4–3 New York Islanders 21–16–5
43 W Jan 4, 1997 6–4 Ottawa Senators 22–16–5
44 T Jan 6, 1997 2–2 OT Colorado Avalanche 22–16–6
45 L Jan 8, 1997 3–4 Tampa Bay Lightning 22–17–6
46 L Jan 9, 1997 0–2 @ Washington Capitals 22–18–6
47 W Jan 12, 1997 3–0 New Jersey Devils 23–18–6
48 L Jan 13, 1997 2–4 New York Islanders 23–19–6
49 T Jan 21, 1997 4–4 OT Edmonton Oilers 23–19–7
50 W Jan 22, 1997 5–3 @ Washington Capitals 24–19–7
51 W Jan 25, 1997 7–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 25–19–7
52 L Jan 27, 1997 1–2 Chicago Blackhawks 25–20–7
53 W Feb 1, 1997 4–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers 26–20–7
54 L Feb 2, 1997 2–3 Boston Bruins 26–21–7
55 W Feb 5, 1997 5–2 Hartford Whalers 27–21–7
56 W Feb 8, 1997 5–2 @ New York Islanders 28–21–7
57 L Feb 9, 1997 3–4 @ Florida Panthers 28–22–7
58 L Feb 13, 1997 1–4 @ St. Louis Blues 28–23–7
59 L Feb 15, 1997 0–2 @ Chicago Blackhawks 28–24–7
60 T Feb 17, 1997 2–2 OT New Jersey Devils 28–24–8
61 T Feb 19, 1997 1–1 OT @ New Jersey Devils 28–24–9
62 L Feb 21, 1997 2–7 @ Hartford Whalers 28–25–9
63 L Feb 23, 1997 1–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers 28–26–9
64 L Mar 1, 1997 0–3 @ Detroit Red Wings 28–27–9
65 W Mar 3, 1997 5–4 OT San Jose Sharks 29–27–9
66 W Mar 6, 1997 6–2 @ Los Angeles Kings 30–27–9
67 L Mar 7, 1997 2–5 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 30–28–9
68 W Mar 9, 1997 2–1 @ San Jose Sharks 31–28–9
69 W Mar 12, 1997 3–2 Washington Capitals 32–28–9
70 W Mar 14, 1997 4–3 OT @ Ottawa Senators 33–28–9
71 L Mar 17, 1997 3–4 Ottawa Senators 33–29–9
72 L Mar 19, 1997 4–5 Montreal Canadiens 33–30–9
73 W Mar 21, 1997 3–1 Detroit Red Wings 34–30–9
74 W Mar 24, 1997 3–0 Pittsburgh Penguins 35–30–9
75 L Mar 27, 1997 0–4 @ New Jersey Devils 35–31–9
76 L Mar 29, 1997 1–2 @ Hartford Whalers 35–32–9
77 T Apr 1, 1997 1–1 OT Buffalo Sabres 35–32–10
78 W Apr 3, 1997 5–4 Boston Bruins 36–32–10
79 L Apr 4, 1997 1–5 @ Buffalo Sabres 36–33–10
80 W Apr 7, 1997 3–2 Philadelphia Flyers 37–33–10
81 W Apr 10, 1997 6–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers 38–33–10
82 L Apr 11, 1997 2–4 Tampa Bay Lightning 38–34–10

Player stats[edit | edit source]

Regular season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky C 82 25 72 97 28 12 6 0 2
Messier, MarkMark Messier C 71 36 48 84 88 12 7 5 9
Leetch, BrianBrian Leetch D 82 20 58 78 40 31 9 0 2
Graves, AdamAdam Graves LW 82 33 28 61 66 10 10 4 3
Sundstrom, NiklasNiklas Sundstrom RW 82 24 28 52 20 23 5 1 4
Robitaille, LucLuc Robitaille LW 69 24 24 48 48 16 5 0 4
Karpovtsev, AlexanderAlexander Karpovtsev D 77 9 29 38 59 1 6 1 0
Kovalev, AlexAlex Kovalev RW 45 13 22 35 42 11 1 0 0
Driver, BruceBruce Driver D 79 5 25 30 48 8 2 0 2
Flatley, PatPat Flatley RW 68 10 12 22 26 6 0 0 2
Nemchinov, SergeiSergei Nemchinov LW 63 6 13 19 12 5 1 0 1
Samuelsson, UlfUlf Samuelsson D 73 6 11 17 138 3 1 0 1
Noonan, BrianBrian Noonan RW 44 6 9 15 28 -7 3 0 1
Berg, BillBill Berg LW 67 8 6 14 37 2 0 2 3
Goneau, DanielDaniel Goneau LW 41 10 3 13 10 -5 3 0 2
Beukeboom, JeffJeff Beukeboom D 80 3 9 12 167 22 0 0 0
Vorobiev, VladimirVladimir Vorobiev LW 16 5 5 10 6 4 2 0 0
Langdon, DarrenDarren Langdon LW 60 3 6 9 195 -1 0 0 1
Eastwood, MikeMike Eastwood C 27 1 7 8 10 2 0 0 0
Lidster, DougDoug Lidster D 48 3 4 7 24 10 0 0 0
Courtnall, RussRuss Courtnall RW 14 2 5 7 2 -3 1 1 1
Oliver, DavidDavid Oliver RW 14 2 1 3 4 3 0 0 0
Tikkanen, EsaEsa Tikkanen LW 14 1 2 3 6 0 0 1 0
Dube, ChristianChristian Dube C 27 1 1 2 4 -4 1 0 0
Ferraro, ChrisChris Ferraro C 12 1 1 2 6 1 0 0 0
VandenBussche, RyanRyan VandenBussche RW 11 1 0 1 30 -2 0 0 0
Cairns, EricEric Cairns D 40 0 1 1 147 -7 0 0 0
Churla, ShaneShane Churla RW 45 0 1 1 106 -10 0 0 0
More, JayJay More D 14 0 1 1 25 0 0 0 0
Blouin, SylvainSylvain Blouin LW 6 0 0 0 18 -1 0 0 0
Eakins, DallasDallas Eakins D 3 0 0 0 6 -1 0 0 0
Ferraro, PeterPeter Ferraro LW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Healy, GlennGlenn Healy G 23 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Momesso, SergioSergio Momesso LW 9 0 0 0 11 -2 0 0 0
Nielsen, JeffJeff Nielsen RW 2 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
Richter, MikeMike Richter G 61 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Richter, MikeMike Richter 3598 61 33 22 6 161 2.68 4 1945 1784 .917
Healy, GlennGlenn Healy 1357 23 5 12 4 59 2.61 1 632 573 .907
Team: 4955 82 38 34 10 220 2.66 5 2577 2357 .915

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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;

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Awards and reecords[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1996-97 New York Rangers Statistics. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2010-01-27.
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