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1988–89 Edmonton Oilers
Division 3rd Smythe
Conference 3rd Campbell
1988–89 record 38–34–8
Home record 21–16–3
Road record 17–18–5
Goals for 325 (4th)
Goals against 306 (11th)
Team information
General Manager Glen Sather
Coach Glen Sather
Captain Mark Messier
Alternate captains Glenn Anderson
Kevin Lowe
Arena Northlands Coliseum
Average attendance 17,503 (100%)
Team leaders
Goals Jimmy Carson (49)
Assists Mark Messier (61)
Points Jari Kurri (102)
Penalties in minutes Kelly Buchberger (234)
Plus/minus Craig Muni (+43)
Wins Grant Fuhr (23)
Goals against average Bill Ranford (3.50)
<1987–88 1989–90>

The 1988–89 Edmonton Oilers season was the Oilers' 10th season in the NHL, and they were coming off a Stanley Cup championship after defeating the Boston Bruins the previous season, which was their 4th Stanley Cup in the past 5 seasons. The Oilers would finish 3rd in the Smythe Division with 84 points, their lowest point total since the 1980–81 season. For the 8th consecutive season, the Oilers had five 30-goal scorers.

Prior to the season, the Oilers would be involved in one of the biggest trades in NHL history, dealing Wayne Gretzky, Marty McSorley and Mike Krushelnyski to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, the Kings first round draft picks in 1989, 1991 and 1993, and $15 million.

Jari Kurri would lead the club with 102 points, while Jimmy Carson would score a team high 49 goals, and Mark Messier would have a team best 61 assists. Charlie Huddy would lead the defense with 44 points, while Kelly Buchberger would provide the team toughness, leading the Oilers with 234 penalty minutes.

In goal, Grant Fuhr would get the majority of the starts, leading the team with 23 wins, while Bill Ranford would have a team best 3.50 GAA.

In the playoffs, the Oilers would face Wayne Gretzky and the Los Angeles Kings in the opening round of the playoffs. The Oilers would take a 3–1 series lead, however, the Kings would respond by winning 3 games in a row by a combined score of 16–6 to win the series, ending the Oilers bid at winning a 3rd straight Stanley Cup and for the first time since 1982, Edmonton would fail to win a playoff round.

Contents

Season standings

Smythe Division GP W L T GF GA Pts
Calgary Flames 80 54 17 9 354 226 117
Los Angeles Kings 80 42 31 7 376 335 91
Edmonton Oilers 80 38 34 8 325 306 84
Vancouver Canucks 80 33 39 8 251 253 74
Winnipeg Jets 80 26 42 12 300 355 64

Game log

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Pts
1 October 7 New York Islanders 1–5 Edmonton Oilers 1–0–0 2
2 October 9 Winnipeg Jets 4–5 Edmonton Oilers 2–0–0 4
3 October 12 Vancouver Canucks 6–2 Edmonton Oilers 2–1–0 4
4 October 14 Edmonton Oilers 1–6 Calgary Flames 2–2–0 4
5 October 16 Edmonton Oilers 3–3 Winnipeg Jets 2–2–1 5
6 October 17 Minnesota North Stars 3–3 Edmonton Oilers 2–2–2 6
7 October 19 Los Angeles Kings 6–8 Edmonton Oilers 3–2–2 8
8 October 23 Edmonton Oilers 5–6 Vancouver Canucks 3–3–2 8
9 October 25 Edmonton Oilers 5–4 Los Angeles Kings 4–3–2 10
10 October 29 Washington Capitals 3–4 Edmonton Oilers 5–3–2 12
11 October 30 Chicago Blackhawks 5–2 Edmonton Oilers 5–4–2 12
12 November 2 St. Louis Blues 4–5 Edmonton Oilers 6–4–2 14
13 November 4 Buffalo Sabres 3–7 Edmonton Oilers 7–4–2 16
14 November 6 Edmonton Oilers 2–5 Detroit Red Wings 7–5–2 16
15 November 8 Edmonton Oilers 7–3 Pittsburgh Penguins 8–5–2 18
16 November 9 Edmonton Oilers 3–2 New Jersey Devils 9–5–2 20
17 November 12 Edmonton Oilers 6–2 Toronto Maple Leafs 10–5–2 22
18 November 13 Edmonton Oilers 5–4 Buffalo Sabres 11–5–2 24
19 November 16 Winnipeg Jets 2–1 Edmonton Oilers 11–6–2 24
20 November 19 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–9 Edmonton Oilers 12–6–2 26
21 November 20 Edmonton Oilers 4–7 Winnipeg Jets 12–7–2 26
22 November 23 Edmonton Oilers 3–3 Minnesota North Stars 12–7–3 27
23 November 24 Edmonton Oilers 4–2 St. Louis Blues 13–7–3 29
24 November 26 Edmonton Oilers 5–7 Montreal Canadiens 13–8–3 29
25 November 28 Edmonton Oilers 7–4 Quebec Nordiques 14–8–3 31
26 November 30 Vancouver Canucks 2–4 Edmonton Oilers 15–8–3 33
27 December 2 Calgary Flames 7–4 Edmonton Oilers 15–9–3 33
28 December 4 New York Rangers 6–10 Edmonton Oilers 16–9–3 35
29 December 7 Quebec Nordiques 3–8 Edmonton Oilers 17–9–3 37
30 December 8 Edmonton Oilers 3–5 Calgary Flames 17–10–3 37
31 December 10 Winnipeg Jets 7–6 Edmonton Oilers 17–11–3 37
32 December 14 Edmonton Oilers 8–2 Toronto Maple Leafs 18–11–3 39
33 December 15 Edmonton Oilers 3–4 Boston Bruins 18–12–3 39
34 December 17 Edmonton Oilers 4–2 Hartford Whalers 19–12–3 41
35 December 19 Edmonton Oilers 5–5 Buffalo Sabres 19–12–4 42
36 December 21 Vancouver Canucks 2–1 Edmonton Oilers 19–13–4 42
37 December 23 Calgary Flames 1–4 Edmonton Oilers 20–13–4 44
38 December 31 Montreal Canadiens 4–2 Edmonton Oilers 20–14–4 44
39 January 2 Edmonton Oilers 3–2 Minnesota North Stars 21–14–4 46
40 January 4 Quebec Nordiques 2–4 Edmonton Oilers 22–14–4 48
41 January 7 Edmonton Oilers 2–7 Calgary Flames 22–15–4 48
42 January 8 Calgary Flames 0–6 Edmonton Oilers 23–15–4 50
43 January 10 Edmonton Oilers 4–5 Los Angeles Kings 23–16–4 50
44 January 13 Edmonton Oilers 3–5 Washington Capitals 23–17–4 50
45 January 15 Edmonton Oilers 0–1 New Jersey Devils 23–18–4 50
46 January 16 Edmonton Oilers 2–2 Chicago Blackhawks 23–18–5 51
47 January 18 Edmonton Oilers 9–4 Winnipeg Jets 24–18–5 53
48 January 20 Philadelphia Flyers 1–1 Edmonton Oilers 24–18–6 54
49 January 21 Pittsburgh Penguins 7–4 Edmonton Oilers 24–19–6 54
50 January 23 New York Rangers 3–2 Edmonton Oilers 24–20–6 54
51 January 25 Chicago Blackhawks 6–3 Edmonton Oilers 24–21–6 54
52 January 28 Edmonton Oilers 7–6 Los Angeles Kings 25–21–6 56
53 January 31 Edmonton Oilers 2–6 Vancouver Canucks 25–22–6 56
54 February 1 Vancouver Canucks 3–4 Edmonton Oilers 26–22–6 58
55 February 3 Detroit Red Wings 5–8 Edmonton Oilers 27–22–6 60
56 February 5 New Jersey Devils 4–2 Edmonton Oilers 27–23–6 60
57 February 9 Edmonton Oilers 3–1 Philadelphia Flyers 28–23–6 62
58 February 11 Edmonton Oilers 2–5 Boston Bruins 28–24–6 62
59 February 12 Edmonton Oilers 3–1 New York Rangers 29–24–6 64
60 February 14 Edmonton Oilers 3–5 New York Islanders 29–25–6 64
61 February 17 Washington Capitals 8–2 Edmonton Oilers 29–26–6 64
62 February 19 Boston Bruins 4–2 Edmonton Oilers 29–27–6 64
63 February 21 Hartford Whalers 4–7 Edmonton Oilers 30–27–6 66
64 February 24 Los Angeles Kings 1–4 Edmonton Oilers 31–27–6 68
65 February 25 St. Louis Blues 3–5 Edmonton Oilers 32–27–6 70
66 March 1 Montreal Canadiens 0–3 Edmonton Oilers 33–27–6 72
67 March 3 Edmonton Oilers 7–4 Winnipeg Jets 34–27–6 74
68 March 5 Edmonton Oilers 4–2 Pittsburgh Penguins 35–27–6 76
69 March 7 Edmonton Oilers 4–4 Philadelphia Flyers 35–27–7 77
70 March 8 Edmonton Oilers 3–7 Hartford Whalers 35–28–7 77
71 March 11 Calgary Flames 5–5 Edmonton Oilers 35–28–8 78
72 March 12 Los Angeles Kings 6–3 Edmonton Oilers 35–29–8 78
73 March 15 Detroit Red Wings 8–6 Edmonton Oilers 35–30–8 78
74 March 16 Edmonton Oilers 0–3 Vancouver Canucks 35–31–8 78
75 March 19 New York Islanders 2–3 Edmonton Oilers 36–31–8 80
76 March 21 Los Angeles Kings 4–3 Edmonton Oilers 36–32–8 80
77 March 23 Winnipeg Jets 4–5 Edmonton Oilers 37–32–8 82
78 March 25 Edmonton Oilers 2–4 Los Angeles Kings 37–33–8 82
79 March 29 Edmonton Oilers 5–2 Vancouver Canucks 38–33–8 84
80 April 2 Edmonton Oilers 2–4 Calgary Flames 38–34–8 84

Playoffs

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Los Angeles Kings 4, Edmonton Oilers 3

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 5 Edmonton Oilers 4–3 Los Angeles Kings 1–0
2 April 6 Edmonton Oilers 2–5 Los Angeles Kings 1–1
3 April 8 Los Angeles Kings 0–4 Edmonton Oilers 2–1
4 April 9 Los Angeles Kings 3–4 Edmonton Oilers 3–1
5 April 11 Edmonton Oilers 2–4 Los Angeles Kings 3–2
6 April 13 Los Angeles Kings 4–1 Edmonton Oilers 3–3
7 April 15 Edmonton Oilers 3–6 Los Angeles Kings 3–4

Season stats

Scoring leaders

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Jari Kurri 76 44 58 102 69
Jimmy Carson 80 49 51 100 36
Mark Messier 72 33 61 94 130
Esa Tikkanen 67 31 47 78 92
Craig Simpson 66 35 41 76 80

Goaltending

Player GP TOI W L T GA SO Save % GAA
Bill Ranford 29 1509 15 8 2 88 1 .877 3.50
Grant Fuhr 59 3341 23 26 6 213 1 .875 3.83

Playoff stats

Scoring leaders

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Mark Messier 7 1 11 12 8
Jari Kurri 7 3 5 8 6
Steve Smith 7 2 2 4 20
Esa Tikkanen 7 1 3 4 12
Jimmy Carson 7 2 1 3 6
Normand Lacombe 7 2 1 3 21

Goaltending

Player GP TOI W L GA SO Save % GAA
Grant Fuhr 7 417 3 4 24 1 .894 3.45

Transactions

Trades

July 22, 1988 To Washington Capitals
Geoff Courtnall
To Edmonton Oilers
Greg Adams
August 9, 1988 To Los Angeles Kings
Wayne Gretzky
Mike Krushelnyski
Marty McSorley
To Edmonton Oilers
Jimmy Carson
Martin Gelinas
*1st round pick in 1989Jason Miller
1st round pick in 1991Martin Rucinsky
1st round pick in 1993Nick Stajduhar
Cash
August 10, 1988 To Los Angeles Kings
John Miner
To Edmonton Oilers
Craig Redmond
October 27, 1988 To New York Rangers
Ron Shudra
To Edmonton Oilers
Jeff Crossman
January 3, 1989 To Detroit Red Wings
10th round in 1989 – Rick Judson
To Edmonton Oilers
Miroslav Frycer
January 23, 1989 To Detroit Red Wings
12th round in 1989 – Jason Glickman
To Edmonton Oilers
Doug Halward
February 7, 1989] To Philadelphia Flyers
Keith Acton
6th round in 1991Dmitri Yushkevich
To Edmonton Oilers
Dave Brown
February 15, 1989 To New York Islanders
5th round pick in 1989 - Kevin O'Sullivan
To Edmonton Oilers
Tomas Jonsson
March 7, 1989 To Los Angeles Kings
Jim Wiemer
Alan May
To Edmonton Oilers
Brian Wilks
John English
March 7, 1989 To Vancouver Canucks
Greg Adams
Doug Smith
To Edmonton Oilers
John LeBlanc
5th round in 1989Peter White

*Later traded to the New Jersey Devils.

Free agents

Player Former team
D Reed Larson Boston Bruins
F Stan Drulia Pittsburgh Penguins
F Nick Fotiu Philadelphia Flyers
Player New team
F Shawn Evans New York Islanders
F Dean Hopkins Quebec Nordiques
D Reed Larson New York Islanders

Draft picks

Edmonton's draft picks at the 1988 NHL Entry Draft

Round # Player Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 19 Francois Leroux  Canada Saint-Jean Castors (QMJHL)
2 39 Petro Koivunen  Finland Kiekko-Espoo (Finland)
3 53 Trevor Sim  Canada Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
3 61 Collin Bauer  Canada Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
4 82 Cam Brauer  Canada R.P.I (NCAA)
5 103 Don Martin  Canada London Knights (OHL)
6 124 Len Barrie  Canada Victoria Cougars (WHL)
7 145 Mike Glover  Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
8 166 Shjon Podein  United States University of Minnesota-Duluth (NCAA)
9 187 Tom Cole  United States Woburn Memorial High School (USHS)
10 208 Vladimir Zubkov  Soviet Union HC CSKA Moscow (Russia)
11 229 Darin MacDonald  United States Boston University (NCAA)
12 250 Tim Tisdale  Canada Swift Current Broncos (WHL)
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