1997-98 New York Rangers Season
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1997%E2%80%9398 New York Rangers Season
1997-98 New York Rangers
Division5th Atlantic
Conference11th Eastern
1997-98 record25-39-18
Goals for197
Goals against231
Team information
General ManagerNeil Smith
CoachColin Campbell
John Muckler
CaptainBrian Leetch
ArenaMadison Square Garden
Team leaders
GoalsAdam Graves/Wayne Gretzky/
Alexei Kovalev/Pat LaFontaine (23)
AssistsWayne Gretzky (67)
PointsWayne Gretzky (90)
Penalty minutesDarren Langdon (197)
WinsMike Richter (21)
Goals against averageDan Cloutier (2.50)

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.[1] New York missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since the 1992-93 season.[2]

The Rangers fired head coach Colin Campbell during the season and replaced him with former Edmonton Oilers Stanley Cup-winning coach John Muckler.[3] This was also the first season since the 1990-91 campaign that the Rangers did not have Mark Messier; after a contentious negotiating period, the Rangers elected not to re-sign Messier and he instead joined the Vancouver Canucks.[4]

Regular season

The Rangers were the only team in the league not to score a short-handed goal.[5]

Final standings

Atlantic Division
No. GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 New Jersey Devils 82 48 23 11 225 166 107
2 Philadelphia Flyers 82 42 29 11 242 193 95
3 Washington Capitals 82 40 30 12 219 202 92
4 New York Islanders 82 30 41 11 212 225 71
5 New York Rangers 82 25 39 18 197 231 68
6 Florida Panthers 82 24 43 15 203 256 63
7 Tampa Bay Lightning 82 17 55 10 151 269 44
Eastern Conference[6]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 New Jersey Devils ATL 82 48 23 11 225 166 107
2 Pittsburgh Penguins NE 82 40 24 18 228 188 98
3 Philadelphia Flyers ATL 82 42 29 11 242 193 95
4 Washington Capitals ATL 82 40 30 12 219 202 92
5 Boston Bruins NE 82 39 30 13 221 194 91
6 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 36 29 17 211 187 89
7 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 37 32 13 235 208 87
8 Ottawa Senators NE 82 34 33 15 193 200 83
9 Carolina Hurricanes NE 82 33 41 8 200 219 74
10 New York Islanders ATL 82 30 41 11 212 225 71
11 New York Rangers ATL 82 25 39 18 197 231 68
12 Florida Panthers ATL 82 24 43 15 203 256 63
13 Tampa Bay Lightning ATL 82 17 55 10 151 269 44

Divisions: ATL - Atlantic, NE - Northeast

bold - Qualified for playoffs


Schedule and results

Playoffs

The Rangers failed to qualify for the playoffs, missing the playoffs for the first time since 1993.[7]

Player statistics

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season
Player GP TOI W L T GA GAA SA SV% SO
Mike Richter 72 4143 21 31 15 184 2.66 2072 .903 0
Dan Cloutier 12 551 4 5 1 23 2.50 271 .907 0
Jason Muzzatti? 6 313 0 3 2 17 3.26 173 .891 0

+Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Rangers. Stats reflect time with Rangers only.
?Traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with Rangers only.

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Draft picks

New York's picks at the 1997 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the Civic Arena.[9][10]

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 19 Stefan Cherneski RW  Canada Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
2 46 Wes Jarvis D  Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
3 73 Burke Henry D  Canada Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
4 93 Tomi Kallarsson D  Finland HPK Junior (Finland)
5 126 Jason McLean G  Canada Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
5 134 Johan Lindbom RW  Sweden HV71 (SEL)
6 136 Mike York C  United States Michigan State University (NCAA)
6 154 Shawn Degagne G  Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
7 175 Johan Holmqvist G  Sweden Brynäs IF (SEL)
7 182 Mike Mottau D  United States Boston College (NCAA)
8 210 Andrew Proskurnicki LW  Canada Sarnia Sting (OHL)
9 236 Richard Miller D  United States Providence College (NCAA)

See also

References

  1. ^ "1997-98 New York Rangers Roster and Statistics". Hockey-Reference. Retrieved .
  2. ^ Sandomir, Richard (1998-04-08). "Hockey; For Garden, No Playoffs Means No Payoff". The New York Times. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Veteran Muckler Hired To Coach N.Y. Rangers". The Philadelphia Inquirer. February 20, 1998. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ Diamos, Jason (July 29, 1997). "A Bad Feeling Chases Messier Out of New York". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ "1997-98 NHL Season Summary". Hockey Reference. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "1997-1998 Conference Standings". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ "New York Rangers Franchise Index". Hockey-Reference. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "1997-98 New York Rangers". hockeydb.com. Archived from the original on 14 August 2010. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "1997 NHL Entry Draft". Hockey-Reference. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "NHL Draft History". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 2001-01-28. Retrieved .

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