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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, Georgiamarker as the Atlanta Thrashers hosted the event at Philips Arenamarker 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.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 Londonmarker at The O2marker. 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 Stadiummarker, 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 Statesmarker, 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 Stadiummarker on November 22, 2003.

During board of governors meetings held on September 18, 2007 in Chicagomarker, cities including Las Vegasmarker, Kansas Citymarker, Houstonmarker, Milwaukeemarker, Quebec Citymarker, Seattlemarker, and Winnipegmarker 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.

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 Centermarker in Newark, New Jerseymarker. 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 Londonmarker, Englandmarker.

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).

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

Divisional standings

Eastern Conference

Western Conference

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


Playoff seeds

After the regular season, the standard of 16 teams qualified forthe 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.



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


  1. ESPN report, retrieved on September 19, 2007

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