1997–98 New York Rangers · NHL
Division 5th Atlantic
Conference 11th Eastern
1997–98 record 25–39–18
Goals for 197
Goals against 231
General Manager Neil Smith
Coach Colin Campbell/John Muckler
Captain Brian Leetch
Arena Madison Square Garden
Team Leaders
Goals Wayne Gretzky/Alexei Kovalev/Pat LaFontaine/Brian Leetch (23)
Assists Wayne Gretzky (67)
Points Wayne Gretzky (90)
Penalties in minutes Darren Langdon (197)
Wins Mike Richter (21)
Goals against average Dan Cloutier (2.50)
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The 1997–98 New York Rangers season was the 72nd season for the team in the National Hockey League. The Rangers posted a 25–39–18 record in the regular season and finished in fifth place in the Atlantic Division. New York missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since the 1992–93 season.

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 48 23 11 225 166 107
Philadelphia Flyers 82 42 29 11 242 193 95
Washington Capitals 82 40 30 12 219 202 92
New York Islanders 82 30 41 11 212 225 71
New York Rangers 82 25 39 18 197 231 68
Florida Panthers 82 24 43 15 203 256 63
Tampa Bay Lightning 82 17 55 10 151 269 44

Game log[edit | edit source]

# R Date Score Opponent Record
1 T Oct 3, 1997 2–2 OT New York Islanders 0–0–1
2 T Oct 5, 1997 2–2 OT Los Angeles Kings 0–0–2
3 T Oct 8, 1997 3–3 OT @ Edmonton Oilers 0–0–3
4 T Oct 9, 1997 1–1 OT @ Calgary Flames 0–0–4
5 W Oct 11, 1997 6–3 @ Vancouver Canucks 1–0–4
6 L Oct 14, 1997 0–1 Pittsburgh Penguins 1–1–4
7 L Oct 15, 1997 1–5 @ Ottawa Senators 1–2–4
8 L Oct 18, 1997 3–5 @ St. Louis Blues 1–3–4
9 W Oct 20, 1997 4–2 Carolina Hurricanes 2–3–4
10 L Oct 22, 1997 0–1 Chicago Blackhawks 2–4–4
11 W Oct 24, 1997 4–3 Tampa Bay Lightning 3–4–4
12 T Oct 26, 1997 3–3 OT Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 3–4–5
13 L Oct 28, 1997 2–3 Dallas Stars 3–5–5
14 L Oct 30, 1997 3–5 @ New York Islanders 3–6–5
15 T Nov 3, 1997 2–2 OT Edmonton Oilers 3–6–6
16 W Nov 5, 1997 4–2 @ Colorado Avalanche 4–6–6
17 T Nov 7, 1997 2–2 OT @ Dallas Stars 4–6–7
18 L Nov 12, 1997 2–3 New Jersey Devils 4–7–7
19 W Nov 14, 1997 3–1 Pittsburgh Penguins 5–7–7
20 W Nov 16, 1997 4–1 Colorado Avalanche 6–7–7
21 W Nov 18, 1997 3–1 @ Florida Panthers 7–7–7
22 L Nov 19, 1997 3–6 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 7–8–7
23 W Nov 21, 1997 4–3 @ Carolina Hurricanes 8–8–7
24 L Nov 22, 1997 3–4 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins 8–9–7
25 L Nov 25, 1997 2–4 Vancouver Canucks 8–10–7
26 L Nov 26, 1997 1–4 @ New York Islanders 8–11–7
27 T Nov 28, 1997 3–3 OT @ Buffalo Sabres 8–11–8
28 T Nov 30, 1997 1–1 OT Florida Panthers 8–11–9
29 L Dec 2, 1997 2–3 OT Washington Capitals 8–12–9
30 T Dec 5, 1997 4–4 OT Philadelphia Flyers 8–12–10
31 T Dec 6, 1997 3–3 OT @ Montreal Canadiens 8–12–11
32 W Dec 8, 1997 3–1 Phoenix Coyotes 9–12–11
33 L Dec 10, 1997 1–4 Calgary Flames 9–13–11
34 L Dec 12, 1997 3–4 Florida Panthers 9–14–11
35 L Dec 16, 1997 3–4 @ New Jersey Devils 9–15–11
36 W Dec 17, 1997 4–2 @ Florida Panthers 10–15–11
37 T Dec 20, 1997 2–2 OT @ Tampa Bay Lightning 10–15–12
38 L Dec 21, 1997 0–2 Buffalo Sabres 10–16–12
39 W Dec 23, 1997 4–1 Tampa Bay Lightning 11–16–12
40 L Dec 26, 1997 0–3 @ Buffalo Sabres 11–17–12
41 W Dec 28, 1997 4–3 Boston Bruins 12–17–12
42 L Dec 31, 1997 0–2 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 12–18–12
43 W Jan 3, 1998 3–2 @ Washington Capitals 13–18–12
44 W Jan 6, 1998 4–2 Carolina Hurricanes 14–18–12
45 L Jan 8, 1998 3–5 Washington Capitals 14–19–12
46 W Jan 12, 1998 3–2 Toronto Maple Leafs 15–19–12
47 L Jan 14, 1998 1–4 @ New Jersey Devils 15–20–12
48 W Jan 20, 1998 3–1 St. Louis Blues 16–20–12
49 L Jan 22, 1998 3–4 Philadelphia Flyers 16–21–12
50 T Jan 24, 1998 3–3 OT New Jersey Devils 16–21–13
51 T Jan 26, 1998 2–2 OT Washington Capitals 16–21–14
52 T Jan 29, 1998 2–2 OT @ Ottawa Senators 16–21–15
53 L Jan 31, 1998 2–4 @ Boston Bruins 16–22–15
54 W Feb 2, 1998 3–2 @ San Jose Sharks 17–22–15
55 L Feb 4, 1998 2–3 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 17–23–15
56 L Feb 5, 1998 1–3 @ Los Angeles Kings 17–24–15
57 T Feb 7, 1998 1–1 OT @ Phoenix Coyotes 17–24–16
58 W Feb 26, 1998 5–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs 18–24–16
59 L Feb 28, 1998 1–3 Philadelphia Flyers 18–25–16
60 L Mar 2, 1998 0–1 Buffalo Sabres 18–26–16
61 W Mar 4, 1998 4–3 @ Florida Panthers 19–26–16
62 L Mar 7, 1998 3–6 @ New Jersey Devils 19–27–16
63 T Mar 9, 1998 2–2 OT New Jersey Devils 19–27–17
64 W Mar 11, 1998 5–3 San Jose Sharks 20–27–17
65 L Mar 12, 1998 1–4 @ Montreal Canadiens 20–28–17
66 L Mar 14, 1998 1–5 @ Boston Bruins 20–29–17
67 W Mar 16, 1998 5–4 Ottawa Senators 21–29–17
68 W Mar 18, 1998 2–1 OT Montreal Canadiens 22–29–17
69 L Mar 21, 1998 3–4 Detroit Red Wings 22–30–17
70 L Mar 22, 1998 4–5 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers 22–31–17
71 L Mar 25, 1998 2–3 OT Ottawa Senators 22–32–17
72 L Mar 26, 1998 1–4 @ Carolina Hurricanes 22–33–17
73 T Mar 28, 1998 2–2 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins 22–33–18
74 L Mar 30, 1998 1–3 Tampa Bay Lightning 22–34–18
75 L Apr 1, 1998 2–4 Boston Bruins 22–35–18
76 L Apr 4, 1998 0–3 @ New York Islanders 22–36–18
77 W Apr 5, 1998 2–1 OT @ Chicago Blackhawks 23–36–18
78 L Apr 7, 1998 2–3 Montreal Canadiens 23–37–18
79 L Apr 11, 1998 2–5 @ Detroit Red Wings 23–38–18
80 L Apr 14, 1998 1–3 @ Washington Capitals 23–39–18
81 W Apr 15, 1998 4–2 New York Islanders 24–39–18
82 W Apr 18, 1998 2–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers 25–39–18

Player stats[edit | edit source]

Regular season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky C 82 23 67 90 28 -11 6 0 4
LaFontaine, PatPat LaFontaine C 67 23 39 62 36 -16 11 0 2
Kovalev, AlexAlex Kovalev RW 73 23 30 53 44 -22 8 0 3
Leetch, BrianBrian Leetch D 76 17 33 50 32 -36 11 0 2
Sundstrom, NiklasNiklas Sundstrom RW 70 19 28 47 24 0 4 0 1
Stevens, KevinKevin Stevens LW 80 14 27 41 130 -7 5 0 3
Graves, AdamAdam Graves LW 72 23 12 35 41 -30 10 0 2
Sweeney, TimTim Sweeney LW 56 11 18 29 26 7 2 0 1
Driver, BruceBruce Driver D 75 5 15 20 46 -3 1 0 0
Keane, MikeMike Keane RW 70 8 10 18 47 -12 2 0 0
Samuelsson, UlfUlf Samuelsson D 73 3 9 12 122 1 0 0 2
Skrudland, BrianBrian Skrudland C 59 5 6 11 39 -4 0 0 1
Eastwood, MikeMike Eastwood C 48 5 5 10 16 -2 0 0 0
Karpovtsev, AlexanderAlexander Karpovtsev D 47 3 7 10 38 -1 1 0 1
Berg, BillBill Berg LW 67 1 9 10 55 -15 1 0 0
Finley, JeffJeff Finley D 63 1 6 7 55 -3 0 0 0
Langdon, DarrenDarren Langdon LW 70 3 3 6 197 0 0 0 0
Savard, MarcMarc Savard C 28 1 5 6 4 -4 0 0 0
Stock, P.J.P.J. Stock C 38 2 3 5 114 4 0 0 1
Beukeboom, JeffJeff Beukeboom D 63 0 5 5 195 -25 0 0 0
Vorobiev, VladimirVladimir Vorobiev LW 15 2 2 4 6 -10 0 0 1
Lindbom, JohanJohan Lindbom LW 38 1 3 4 28 4 0 0 0
Lidster, DougDoug Lidster D 36 0 4 4 24 2 0 0 0
Cairns, EricEric Cairns D 39 0 3 3 92 -3 0 0 0
Goneau, DanielDaniel Goneau LW 11 2 0 2 4 -4 0 0 1
Smith, GeoffGeoff Smith D 15 1 1 2 6 -4 1 0 0
VandenBussche, RyanRyan VandenBussche RW 16 1 0 1 38 -2 0 0 0
Galanov, MaximMaxim Galanov D 6 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0
Richter, MikeMike Richter G 72 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Blouin, SylvainSylvain Blouin LW 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0
Cloutier, DanDan Cloutier G 12 0 0 0 19 0 0 0 0
Errey, BobBob Errey LW 12 0 0 0 7 -5 0 0 0
Ferraro, PeterPeter Ferraro LW 1 0 0 0 2 -2 0 0 0
Muzzatti, JasonJason Muzzatti G 6 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0
Sevigny, PierrePierre Sevigny LW 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Smyth, BradBrad Smyth RW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sundin, RonnieRonnie Sundin D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
York, HarryHarry York C 2 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Richter, MikeMike Richter 4143 72 21 31 15 184 2.66 0 1888 1704 .903
Cloutier, DanDan Cloutier 551 12 4 5 1 23 2.50 0 248 225 .907
Muzzatti, JasonJason Muzzatti 313 6 0 3 2 17 3.26 0 156 139 .891
Team: 5007 82 25 39 18 224 2.68 0 2292 2068 .902

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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;

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Notes
  1. 1997-98 New York Rangers Statistics. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2010-01-26.


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