|2007–08 NHL season|
|League||National Hockey League|
|Duration||September 29, 2007 – June 4, 2008|
|Presidents' Trophy||Detroit Red Wings|
|Season MVP||Alexander Ovechkin (Washington)|
|Top scorer||Alexander Ovechkin (Washington)|
|Eastern champions||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Eastern runners-up||Philadelphia Flyers|
|Western champions||Detroit Red Wings|
|Western runners-up||Dallas Stars|
|Playoffs MVP||Henrik Zetterberg|
|Stanley Cup champions||Detroit Red Wings|
The 2007–08 NHL season was the 90th season of the National Hockey League. It began on September 29, 2007, with the regular season ending April 6, 2008. The Stanley Cup playoffs ended on June 4, with the Detroit Red Wings taking the championship .The 56th NHL All-Star Game was held in Atlanta, Georgia as the Atlanta Thrashers hosted the event at Philips Arena on January 27, 2008. The hosting by Atlanta was rescheduled from 2005, when a lockout cancelled the entire 2004–05 season.
The season featured the debut of Reebok's new Rbk Edge hockey jerseys. This was the first league-wide uniform innovation in the history of any major North American professional sports league. Seven teams (Boston, Tampa Bay, Vancouver, Washington, Ottawa, San Jose and Columbus) unveiled new logos prior to the season's beginning.
On March 1, 2007, the NHL announced the regular season would open on September 29, 2007, with the first of back-to-back games in London at The O2. They were the first NHL regular season games ever played in Europe. Both games featured the defending Stanley Cup Champion Anaheim Ducks, and the Los Angeles Kings (who are owned by Anschutz Entertainment Group, the same company that owns The O2).
The official average attendance per game was 17,625 per game. However, if the two games played at the O2 Arena are counted, the number is 17,309 per game.
On September 17, 2007, the NHL announced the first outdoor game in over four years would be played between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Buffalo Sabres at Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the Buffalo Bills football team, on January 1, 2008. The event—known as the AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic—was the first time an NHL regular-season game had been played outdoors in the United States, and it set an NHL attendance record of 71,217 people. The only previous outdoor NHL game was the Heritage Classic played between the Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers at Commonwealth Stadium on November 22, 2003.
During board of governors meetings held on September 18, 2007 in Chicago, cities including Las Vegas, Kansas City, Houston, Milwaukee, Quebec City, Seattle, and Winnipeg were discussed as possible expansion destinations. The NHL also discussed the current "unbalanced" schedule and voted on a new schedule format at a board meeting in November, so that all teams will play each other at least once and reduce intradivisional play in the 2008–09 season, in essence returning to the scheduling structure that existed in 2003–04, and would have existed in 2004–05. The sale of the Lightning and Predators teams were not completed for board approval.
A number of minor rule changes were introduced for the start of the 2007-08 season. Penalty shots can now be awarded when a player with the puck is hauled down from the centre line on in rather than from the opposition's blue-line as previously was the case. Also, the interference rule was altered to allow for a major penalty and a game misconduct when an injury results. Another change affected faceoff placement: All faceoffs must be conducted at one of the nine dots painted on the rink.
The New Jersey Devils began playing in their new arena, the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. However, since the arena was not ready by the beginning of the season, they began their season with a nine-game road trip.
Inter-conference division play had the Northeast visit the Pacific, the Pacific visit the Atlantic, the Atlantic visit the Northwest, the Northwest visit the Southeast, the Southeast visit the Central, and the Central visit the Northeast.
Richard Zednik of the Florida Panthers was severely injured after having his external carotid artery in his neck accidentally cut by the skate of teammate Olli Jokinen in a game against the Buffalo Sabres on February 10. Zednik fully recovered from the injury, but missed the remainder of the season.
The Washington Capitals improved from 14th place in the previous season to third place in 2007-08 and winners of the Southeast Division.
The San Jose Sharks went the entire month of March without a regulation loss and were the media's favorite to win the cup going into the play-offs.
GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTL = Overtime/Shootout Losses, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points.
*-Denotes Division Leader
|z-Montreal Canadiens *||82||47||25||10||262||222||104|
|y-Pittsburgh Penguins *||82||47||27||8||247||216||102|
|y-Washington Capitals *||82||43||31||8||242||231||94|
|New Jersey Devils||82||46||29||7||206||197||99|
|New York Rangers||82||42||27||13||213||199||97|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||82||36||35||11||231||260||83|
|New York Islanders||82||35||38||9||194||243||79|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||82||31||42||9||223||267||71|
bold - clinched playoff spot, y - clinched division title, z - clinched best conference record, * - division leader
|p-Detroit Red Wings *||82||54||21||7||257||184||115|
|y-San Jose Sharks *||82||49||23||10||222||193||108|
|y-Minnesota Wild *||82||44||28||10||223||218||98|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||82||34||36||12||193||218||80|
|St. Louis Blues||82||33||36||13||205||237||79|
|Los Angeles Kings||82||32||43||7||231||266||71|
bold - clinched playoff spot, y - clinched division title, p - clinched Presidents' Trophy and best record in conference, * - division leader
|2||4||New Jersey Devils||82||46||29||7||206||197||99|
|3||5||New York Rangers||82||42||27||13||213||199||97|
|5||13||New York Islanders||82||35||38||9||194||243||79|
|5||12||Toronto Maple Leafs||82||36||35||11||231||260||83|
|5||15||Tampa Bay Lightning||82||31||42||9||223||267||71|
|1||1||p-Detroit Red Wings||82||54||21||7||257||184||115|
|4||13||Columbus Blue Jackets||82||34||36||12||193||218||80|
|5||14||St. Louis Blues||82||33||36||13||205||237||79|
|1||2||San Jose Sharks||82||49||23||10||222||193||108|
|5||15||Los Angeles Kings||82||32||43||7||231||266||71|
Where two or more clubs are tied in points at the end of the regular season, the standing of the clubs is determined in the following order:
GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes
|Alexander Ovechkin||Washington Capitals||82||65||47||112||+28||40|
|Evgeni Malkin||Pittsburgh Penguins||82||47||59||106||+16||78|
|Jarome Iginla||Calgary Flames||82||50||48||98||+27||83|
|Pavel Datsyuk||Detroit Red Wings||82||31||66||97||+41||20|
|Joe Thornton||San Jose Sharks||82||29||67||96||+18||59|
|Henrik Zetterberg||Detroit Red Wings||75||43||49||92||+30||34|
|Vincent Lecavalier||Tampa Bay Lightning||81||40||52||92||-17||89|
|Jason Spezza||Ottawa Senators||76||34||58||92||+26||66|
|Daniel Alfredsson||Ottawa Senators||70||40||49||89||+15||34|
|Ilya Kovalchuk||Atlanta Thrashers||79||52||35||87||-12||52|
GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/Shootout Losses; GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average
|Chris Osgood||Detroit Red Wings||43||2,409||27||9||4||84||4||.914||2.09|
|Dominik Hasek||Detroit Red Wings||41||2,350||27||10||3||84||5||.902||2.14|
|Jean-Sebastien Giguere||Anaheim Ducks||58||3,310||35||17||6||117||4||.922||2.12|
|Martin Brodeur||New Jersey Devils||77||4,635||44||27||6||168||4||.920||2.17|
|Evgeni Nabokov||San Jose Sharks||77||4,560||46||21||8||163||6||.910||2.14|
After the regular season, the standard of 16 teams qualified for the playoffs.
In each round, the highest remaining seed in each conference is matched against the lowest remaining seed. The higher-seeded team is awarded home ice advantage. In the Stanley Cup Finals, home ice is determined based on regular season points; thus, the Detroit Red Wings had home ice advantage. Each best-of-seven series follows a 2–2–1–1–1 format: the higher-seeded team will play at home for have games 1 and 2 (plus 5 and 7 if necessary), and the lower-seeded team will be at home for the other games.
|Conference Quarter-finals||Conference Semi-finals||Conference Finals||Stanley Cup Final|
|1||Montreal Canadiens||4||1||Montreal Canadiens||1|
|8||Boston Bruins||3||6||Philadelphia Flyers||4|
|2||Pittsburgh Penguins||4||Eastern Conference|
|4||New Jersey Devils||1||2||Pittsburgh Penguins||4|
|5||New York Rangers||4||5||New York Rangers||1|
|(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round)|
|W1||Detroit Red Wings||4|
|1||Detroit Red Wings||4||1||Detroit Red Wings||4|
|8||Nashville Predators||2||6||Colorado Avalanche||0|
|2||San Jose Sharks||4|
|1||Detroit Red Wings||4|
|6||Colorado Avalanche||4||Western Conference|
|4||Anaheim Ducks||2||2||San Jose Sharks||2|
|5||Dallas Stars||4||5||Dallas Stars||4|
The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 2007–08:
The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 2007–08:
|Presidents' Trophy: Detroit Red Wings|
|Prince of Wales Trophy: Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Clarence S. Campbell Bowl: Detroit Red Wings|
|Art Ross Trophy: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals|
|Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: Jason Blake, Toronto Maple Leafs|
|Calder Memorial Trophy: Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks|
|Conn Smythe Trophy: Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings|
|Frank J. Selke Trophy: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings|
|Hart Memorial Trophy: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals|
|Jack Adams Award: Bruce Boudreau, Washington Capitals|
|James Norris Memorial Trophy: Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings|
|King Clancy Memorial Trophy: Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning|
|Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings|
|Lester B. Pearson Award: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals|
|Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals|
|NHL Plus/Minus Award: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings|
|Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award: Dan Ellis, Nashville Predators|
|Vezina Trophy: Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils|
|William M. Jennings Trophy: Dominik Hasek and Chris Osgood, Detroit Red Wings|
|Lester Patrick Trophy: Brian Burke, Phil Housley, Ted Lindsay, Bob Naegele Jr.|
|NHL Lifetime Achievement Award: Gordie Howe|
First All-Star Team
Second All-Star Team