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2007–08 NHL season
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Duration September 29, 2007 – June 4, 2008
Regular season
Presidents' Trophy Detroit Red Wings
Season MVP Alexander Ovechkin (Washington)
Top scorer Alexander Ovechkin (Washington)
Playoffs
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
Stanley Cup champions Detroit Red Wings
  Runners-up Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL seasons

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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.

League business

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.[1] 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).[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]

Rule changes

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.

Regular season

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.

Mike Cammalleri of the Los Angeles Kings scored the first goal of the season against the Anaheim Ducks on September 29 in the opening game played in London, England.

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 Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators matched up for the first time since the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals on March 3, 2008 at Anaheim.

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.

The Detroit Red Wings won the Presidents' Trophy for finishing the regular season with the most points (115).

The regular season saw a decline in scoring from 2006-07, with an average of 5.44 goals scored per game (6,691 goals over 1,230 games).[5]. Goaltenders combined for 161 shutouts.[6]

Final standings

GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTL = Overtime/Shootout Losses, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points.

Conference standings

*-Denotes Division Leader

Eastern Conference
GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
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
Philadelphia Flyers 82 42 29 11 248 233 95
Ottawa Senators 82 43 31 8 261 247 94
Boston Bruins 82 41 29 12 212 222 94
Carolina Hurricanes 82 43 33 6 252 249 92
Buffalo Sabres 82 39 31 12 255 242 90
Florida Panthers 82 38 35 9 216 226 85
Toronto Maple Leafs 82 36 35 11 231 260 83
New York Islanders 82 35 38 9 194 243 79
Atlanta Thrashers 82 34 40 8 216 272 76
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

Western Conference
GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
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
Anaheim Ducks 82 47 27 8 205 191 102
Dallas Stars 82 45 30 7 242 207 97
Colorado Avalanche 82 44 31 7 231 219 95
Calgary Flames 82 42 30 10 229 227 94
Nashville Predators 82 41 32 9 230 229 91
Edmonton Oilers 82 41 35 6 235 251 88
Chicago Blackhawks 82 40 34 8 239 235 88
Vancouver Canucks 82 39 33 10 213 215 88
Phoenix Coyotes 82 38 37 7 214 231 83
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

Divisional standings

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 2 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 47 27 8 247 216 102
2 4 New Jersey Devils 82 46 29 7 206 197 99
3 5 New York Rangers 82 42 27 13 213 199 97
4 6 Philadelphia Flyers 82 42 29 11 248 233 95
5 13 New York Islanders 82 35 38 9 194 243 79
Northeast Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 1 z-Montreal Canadiens 82 47 25 10 262 222 104
2 7 Ottawa Senators 82 43 31 8 261 247 94
3 8 Boston Bruins 82 41 29 12 212 222 94
4 10 Buffalo Sabres 82 39 31 12 255 242 90
5 12 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 36 35 11 231 260 83
Southeast Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 3 Washington Capitals 82 43 31 8 242 231 94
2 9 Carolina Hurricanes 82 43 33 6 252 249 92
3 11 Florida Panthers 82 38 35 9 216 226 85
4 14 Atlanta Thrashers 82 34 40 8 216 272 76
5 15 Tampa Bay Lightning 82 31 42 9 223 267 71
Western Conference
Central Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 1 p-Detroit Red Wings 82 54 21 7 257 184 115
2 8 Nashville Predators 82 41 32 9 230 229 91
3 10 Chicago Blackhawks 82 40 34 8 239 235 88
4 13 Columbus Blue Jackets 82 34 36 12 193 218 80
5 14 St. Louis Blues 82 33 36 13 205 237 79
Northwest Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 3 Minnesota Wild 82 44 28 10 223 218 98
2 6 Colorado Avalanche 82 44 31 7 231 219 95
3 7 Calgary Flames 82 42 30 10 229 227 94
4 9 Edmonton Oilers 82 41 35 6 235 251 88
5 11 Vancouver Canucks 82 39 33 10 213 215 88
Pacific Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 2 San Jose Sharks 82 49 23 10 222 193 108
2 4 Anaheim Ducks 82 47 27 8 205 191 102
3 5 Dallas Stars 82 45 30 7 242 207 97
4 12 Phoenix Coyotes 82 38 37 7 214 231 83
5 15 Los Angeles Kings 82 32 43 7 231 266 71

Tiebreaking procedures

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:

  1. The greater number of games won.
  2. The greater number of points earned in games between the tied clubs.
  3. The greater differential between goals for and against.

Statistical leaders

Scoring leaders

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
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

Leading goaltenders

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

Player Team GP TOI W L OT GA SO Sv% GAA
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

Playoffs

Playoff seeds

After the regular season, the standard of 16 teams qualified for the playoffs.

Eastern Conference

  1. Montreal Canadiens - Northeast Division and Eastern Conference regular season champion; 104 points
  2. Pittsburgh Penguins - Atlantic Division champion, 102 points
  3. Washington Capitals - Southeast Division champion, 94 points
  4. New Jersey Devils - 99 points
  5. New York Rangers - 97 points
  6. Philadelphia Flyers - 95 points
  7. Ottawa Senators - 94 points (43 wins)
  8. Boston Bruins - 94 points (41 wins)

Western Conference

  1. Detroit Red Wings - Central Division and Western Conference regular season champion; Presidents' Trophy winner, 115 points
  2. San Jose Sharks - Pacific Division champion, 108 points
  3. Minnesota Wild - Northwest Division champion, 98 points
  4. Anaheim Ducks - 102 points
  5. Dallas Stars - 97 points
  6. Colorado Avalanche - 95 points
  7. Calgary Flames - 94 points
  8. Nashville Predators - 91 points

Playoff bracket

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
7  Ottawa Senators 0  
    6  Philadelphia Flyers 1  
  2  Pittsburgh Penguins 4  
3  Washington Capitals 3  
6  Philadelphia Flyers 4  
4  New Jersey Devils 1   2  Pittsburgh Penguins 4
5  New York Rangers 4     5  New York Rangers 1  
  E2  Pittsburgh Penguins 2
(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
7  Calgary Flames 3  
  1  Detroit Red Wings 4
  5  Dallas Stars 2  
3  Minnesota Wild 2  
6  Colorado Avalanche 4   Western Conference
4  Anaheim Ducks 2   2  San Jose Sharks 2
5  Dallas Stars 4     5  Dallas Stars 4  

Milestones

  • On October 3, in his first game with Montreal, Roman Hamrlik played in his 1,000th NHL game.
  • On October 7, Joe Sakic reached 1,591 points, moving him past Phil Esposito for eighth all-time in scoring.
  • On October 8, Chris Chelios played in his 1,550th game, moving him past Alex Delvecchio for eighth place on the career list.
  • On October 11, Mats Sundin scored his 390th goal with the Toronto Maple Leafs and reached his 917th point at Toronto, breaking Darryl Sittler's record as the all-time Maple Leafs scoring leader. On November 27, Sundin became the first player to score 400 goals in a Maple Leafs uniform.
  • On October 12, Jaromir Jagr scored his 1,533rd career point, passing Paul Coffey for 11th in all-time scoring.
  • On October 22, Bryan Smolinski played in his 1,000th NHL game.
  • On October 26, Alexei Kovalev played in his 1,000th NHL game, the third Montreal player to reach this milestone in October.
  • On November 3, Al Arbour coached his 1,500th game with the New York Islanders and earned his 740th win with the team. Both are NHL records for coaching a single team. At 75 years old, he was the oldest man to coach in an NHL game.
  • On November 7, Mike Modano broke Phil Housley's all-time career point record for a U.S.-born player.
  • On November 10, Jeremy Roenick scored his 500th career NHL goal, becoming only the 40th player in the history of the league to do so, and only the third American.
  • On November 17, Martin Brodeur recorded his 500th career win, becoming only the second goaltender in the history of the league to do so. He now trails Patrick Roy who retired with 551 career wins.
  • On November 17, Glen Wesley played in his 1,400th NHL game, becoming the 10th defenseman to do so.
  • On November 29, Jarome Iginla moved ahead of Al Macinnis as the all-time leader in games played for the Calgary Flames with 804 games played.
  • On December 20, Marian Gaborik scored five goals for the Minnesota Wild in a 6–3 win against the New York Rangers. It is the first time a player has scored five goals in a game since Sergei Fedorov did so on December 26, 1996.
  • On December 23, New York Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr recorded his 927th assist, passing Stan Mikita for 15th place on the all-time list.
  • On December 29, St. Louis Blues Paul Kariya recorded his 900th point (377 goals, 523 assists), in a hat trick, to become the 89th player in NHL history to reach that plateau.
  • On December 31, Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman scored the 18,000th all-time Bruins goal, in a 5-2 home game defeat of the Atlanta Thrashers, as the first Bruins goal of that game.
  • On January 17, Markus Naslund played in his 1000th NHL game.
  • On February 9, San Jose Sharks coach Ron Wilson earned his 500th career win as an NHL head coach, becoming the 11th in league history to do so.
  • On February 19, the Montreal Canadiens came back from a 0–5 deficit against the New York Rangers to win the game in a shootout 6–5, this marks the first time in the franchise's 99-year history that they have ever come back to win a game after being down 0–5. This game was compared to some of the greatest games in team history.
  • On February 26, the Edmonton Oilers earned their 13th shootout win, the most shootout wins by any team since the inception of the shootout.
  • On March 3, Alexander Ovechkin became the first player this season to score 50 goals. He also became the second player in NHL history to score a hat trick in the same game in a 10-2 win over Boston.
  • On March 10, Jarome Iginla scored his 365th goal, passing Theoren Fleury for the all-time goal-scoring lead in Calgary Flames history.
  • On March 11, Andrew Cogliano set an NHL record by scoring an overtime winning goal in the third consecutive game.
  • On March 13, the Detroit Red Wings reached the 100-point mark for the eighth straight season, tying an NHL record set by the Montreal Canadiens from 19751982.
  • On March 21, Alexander Ovechkin became the first player to score 60 goals since the 1995–96 NHL season (Mario Lemieux & Jaromir Jagr).
  • On March 22, Joe Sakic recorded his 1000th assist on a goal by teammate Tyler Arnason, becoming just the 11th player to reach this mark.
  • On March 30, Dan Ellis had a 233:39 long shutout streak snapped in a 1–0 OTL to the Detroit Red Wings. This was the fifth longest shutout streak in league history.
  • On April 3, Alexander Ovechkin scored his 64th and 65th goals of the season, moving him ahead of Luc Robitaille's (1992–93) league record for most goals scored by a left wing in a single season.
  • On April 6, Keith Tkachuk scored his 500th career goal, becoming the fourth American-born player to do so.
  • On April 9, Joe Sakic extended his record for playoff overtime goals to eight.
  • On April 12, Chris Chelios played his 248th career playoff game, moving past Patrick Roy for most career playoff games played.
  • On April 27, Brad Richards tied the NHL record for most points in one playoff period, with four points (one goal, three assists) in the third period.
  • On May 4, the San Jose Sharks broke their franchise record for the longest playoff game, losing near the midpoint of the fourth overtime to the Dallas Stars and marking the eighth-longest game in NHL history.[7]
  • On June 4, the Detroit Red Wings won their 11th Stanley Cup, third most all-time, against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Debuts

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 2007–08:

Last games

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 2007–08:

NHL awards

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

NHL All Star Team

First All-Star Team

Second All-Star Team

See also

Notes

  1. ^ "Reebok And NHL To Unveil New Technologically-advanced Uniform System". Press release. 2007-01-22. http://en.rbkhockey.com/news/read.php?pr_id=254. Retrieved 2007-01-22. 
  2. ^ "On your mark, get set ... open datebooks!". NHL.com. http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=332514. Retrieved 2007-07-12. 
  3. ^ "Happy New Year! Pens, Sabres to play outside in Buffalo". NHL.com. http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=337552. Retrieved 2007-09-17. 
  4. ^ ESPN report, retrieved on September 19, 2007
  5. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_2008_skaters.html
  6. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_2008_goalies.html
  7. ^ Hawkins, Stephen (2008-05-05). "Stars beat Sharks in 4 OTs to clinch series". Associated Press. http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gFW4rZHVNHltw_E_skl0dX8HR2vwD90FAJO00. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  8. ^ Dallas Stars (2008-08-28). "Barnes Joins Coaching Staff". Press release. http://stars.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=380599. Retrieved 2008-08-29. 
  9. ^ "Vancouver Canucks Statement on the Passing of Luc Bourdon". Press release. 2008-05-29. http://canucks.nhl.com/team/app?articleid=364711&page=NewsPage&service=page. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  10. ^ "After winning the Cup, Dallas Drake goes out on top". Press release. 2008-07-18. http://freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080716/SPORTS05/807160413/1053. Retrieved 2008-07-16. 
  11. ^ "Report: Hasek will hang up skates after winning Stanley Cup". 2008-09-09. http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=3432900. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  12. ^ "Hatcher Retires, Joins Front Office". Press release. 2009-06-15. http://flyers.nhl.com/team/app?articleid=425656&page=NewsPage&service=page. Retrieved 2009-06-15. 
  13. ^ "Transactions". Press release. 2008-07-04. http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/transactions/. Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  14. ^ "Sami Kapanen Announces His Retirement". Press release. 2008-06-03. http://flyers.nhl.com/team/app?articleid=365121&page=NewsPage&service=page. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  15. ^ "Linden Announces Retirement after 19 Seasons". Press release. 2008-06-11. http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/story/?id=240290&hubname=nhl-canucks. Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  16. ^ "Stars' defenceman Norstrom announces retirement". Press release. 2008-06-10. http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=240285&lid=sublink011&lpos=headlines_nhl. Retrieved 2008-06-11. 
  17. ^ "Glen Wesley Announces Retirement from Hockey". Press release. 2008-06-05. http://hurricanes.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=365328. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 

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