2007–08 NHL season

The 2007–08 NHL season was the 91st season of operation (90th season of play) of the National Hockey League (NHL). It began on September 29, 2007, and the regular season ended 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.

2007–08 NHL season
LeagueNational Hockey League
SportIce hockey
DurationSeptember 29, 2007 – June 4, 2008
Number of games82
Number of teams30
Draft
Top draft pickPatrick Kane
Picked byChicago Blackhawks
Regular season
Presidents' TrophyDetroit Red Wings
Season MVPAlexander Ovechkin (Capitals)
Top scorerAlexander Ovechkin (Capitals)
Playoffs
Eastern championsPittsburgh Penguins
  Eastern runners-upPhiladelphia Flyers
Western championsDetroit Red Wings
  Western runners-upDallas Stars
Playoffs MVPHenrik Zetterberg (Red Wings)
Stanley Cup
ChampionsDetroit Red Wings
  Runners-upPittsburgh Penguins

League business

National Hockey League announced that the regular season salary cap would be going up for the third consecutive season. The 2007–08 salary cap is being increased by US$6.3 million per team to bring the salary cap up to US$50.3 million. The salary floor is at US$34.3 million, which is 71.5% higher than the salary floor during the 2005–06 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.[1] Seven teams (Boston, Tampa Bay, Vancouver, Washington, Ottawa, San Jose and Columbus) unveiled new designs 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 National Football League's Buffalo Bills, 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 2003 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 had been 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.

Michael 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, in Anaheim.

The Washington Capitals improved from 14th place in the previous season and last in the Eastern Conference during the first third of the 2007–08 season to finish as the third seed in the 2007–08 playoffs and winners of the Southeast Division. The turnaround was attributed mainly to the hiring of then-American Hockey League coach Bruce Boudreau, whose efforts won him the Jack Adams Award for the 2007–08 season.

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 playoffs.

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

Fewer goals were scored in the regular season than in the 2006–07 season, 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.

Eastern Conference
R Div GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 z – Montreal Canadiens NE 82 47 25 10 262 222 104
2 y – Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 47 27 8 247 216 102
3 y – Washington Capitals SE 82 43 31 8 242 231 94
4 New Jersey Devils AT 82 46 29 7 206 197 99
5 New York Rangers AT 82 42 27 13 213 199 97
6 Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 42 29 11 248 233 95
7 Ottawa Senators NE 82 43 31 8 261 247 94
8 Boston Bruins NE 82 41 29 12 212 222 94
8.5
9 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 43 33 6 252 249 92
10 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 39 31 12 255 242 90
11 Florida Panthers SE 82 38 35 9 216 226 85
12 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 36 35 11 231 260 83
13 New York Islanders AT 82 35 38 9 194 243 79
14 Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 34 40 8 216 272 76
15 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 31 42 9 223 267 71

Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast

bold – qualified for playoffs, y – division winner, z – placed first in conference (and division)

Western Conference
R Div GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 p – Detroit Red Wings CE 82 54 21 7 257 184 115
2 y – San Jose Sharks PA 82 49 23 10 222 193 108
3 y – Minnesota Wild NW 82 44 28 10 223 218 98
4 Anaheim Ducks PA 82 47 27 8 205 191 102
5 Dallas Stars PA 82 45 30 7 242 207 97
6 Colorado Avalanche NW 82 44 31 7 231 219 95
7 Calgary Flames NW 82 42 30 10 229 227 94
8 Nashville Predators CE 82 41 32 9 230 229 91
8.5
9 Edmonton Oilers NW 82 41 35 6 235 251 88
10 Chicago Blackhawks CE 82 40 34 8 239 235 88
11 Vancouver Canucks NW 82 39 33 10 213 215 88
12 Phoenix Coyotes PA 82 38 37 7 214 231 83
13 Columbus Blue Jackets CE 82 34 36 12 193 218 80
14 St. Louis Blues CE 82 33 36 13 205 237 79
15 Los Angeles Kings PA 82 32 43 7 231 266 71

Divisions: PA – Pacific, CE – Central, NW – Northwest
bold – qualified for playoffs, y – division winner, pPresidents' Trophy winner

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.

Playoffs

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 Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
                                     
1 Montreal 4     1 Montreal 1  
8 Boston 3     6 Philadelphia 4  
2 Pittsburgh 4 Eastern Conference
7 Ottawa 0  
    6 Philadelphia 1  
  2 Pittsburgh 4  
3 Washington 3  
6 Philadelphia 4  
4 New Jersey 1   2 Pittsburgh 4
5 NY Rangers 4     5 NY Rangers 1  
  E2 Pittsburgh 2
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W1 Detroit 4
1 Detroit 4     1 Detroit 4
8 Nashville 2     6 Colorado 0  
2 San Jose 4
7 Calgary 3  
  1 Detroit 4
  5 Dallas 2  
3 Minnesota 2  
6 Colorado 4   Western Conference
4 Anaheim 2   2 San Jose 2
5 Dallas 4     5 Dallas 4  
  • During the first three rounds home ice is determined by seeding number, not position on the bracket. In the Finals the team with the better regular season record has home ice.

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
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

Player statistics

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

Source: NHL.[7]

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

Coaches

Eastern Conference

Western Conference

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 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 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.
  • On November 17, Glen Wesley played in his 1,400th NHL game, becoming the 10th defenseman to do so.
  • 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 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 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 22, Joe Sakic recorded his 1,000th assist on a goal by teammate Tyler Arnason, becoming just the 11th player to reach this mark.
  • 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.

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 who played their last NHL game in 2008–09, listed with their team:

Player Team Notability
Kevyn Adams[8] Chicago Blackhawks 1-time Stanley Cup winner with the Carolina Hurricanes.
David Aebischer[9] Phoenix Coyotes 1-time Stanley Cup winner with the Colorado Avalanche.
Bryan Berard[10] New York Islanders Calder Memorial Trophy winner; Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy winner.
Stu Barnes[11] Dallas Stars Over 1100 games played.
Sergei Brylin[12] New Jersey Devils 3-time Stanley Cup champion with the Devils.
Keith Carney[13] Minnesota Wild Over 1000 games played.
Joe DiPenta[14] Anaheim Ducks 1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Ducks.
Dallas Drake[15] Detroit Red Wings 1-time Stanley Cup winner with the Red Wings; over 1000 games played.
Martin Gelinas[16] Nashville Predators 1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Edmonton Oilers, 2-time Fred J. Hume Award winner, over 1200 games played.
John Grahame[17] Carolina Hurricanes 1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Dominik Hasek[18] Detroit Red Wings 2-time Stanley Cup winner with the Red Wings; Olympic gold and bronze medalist; 6-time Vezina Trophy winner; 5-time NHL All-Star; 3-time William M. Jennings Trophy winner; 2-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner; 2-time Lester B. Pearson Award winner.
Derian Hatcher[19] Philadelphia Flyers 1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Dallas Stars; 1-time NHL All-Star; over 1000 games played.
Sean Hill[20] Minnesota Wild 1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Montreal Canadiens.
Sami Kapanen[21] Philadelphia Flyers 2-time Olympic bronze medalist; 2-time NHL All-Star.
Martin Lapointe[22] Ottawa Senators 2-time Stanley Cup champion with the Detroit Red Wings.
Trevor Linden[23] Vancouver Canucks King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner; NHL Foundation Player Award winner; 2-time NHL All-Star; over 1300 games played.
Jaroslav Modry[24] Philadelphia Flyers 1-time NHL All-Star.
Glen Murray[25] Boston Bruins 2-time NHL All-Star, over 1000 games played.
Sandis Ozolinsh[26] San Jose Sharks 1-time Stanley Cup winner with the Colorado Avalanche; 7-time NHL All-Star.
Scott Parker[27] Colorado Avalanche 2-time Stanley Cup champion with the New Jersey Devils and Avalanche.
Nolan Pratt[28] Buffalo Sabres 2-time Stanley Cup champion with the Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning.
Martin Rucinsky[29] St. Louis Blues Olympic gold and bronze medalist.
Geoff Sanderson[30] Edmonton Oilers 2-time NHL All-Star.
Chris Simon[31] Minnesota Wild 1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Colorado Avalanche.
Bryan Smolinski[32] Montreal Canadiens Over 1000 games played.
Martin Straka[33] New York Rangers Olympic gold and bronze medalist.
Josef Vasicek[34] New York Islanders 1-time Stanley Cup winner with the Hurricanes.
David Vyborny[35] Columbus Blue Jackets Olympic bronze medalist.
Glen Wesley[36] Carolina Hurricanes 1-time Stanley Cup winner with the Hurricanes; 1-time NHL All-Star; over 1400 games played.
Alexei Zhitnik[37] Atlanta Thrashers Olympic gold and silver medalist, 2-time NHL All-Star, over 1000 games played.

See also

References

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Notes
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  6. ^ "2007-08 NHL Goalie Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". Hockey-Reference.com.
  7. ^ Dinger 2011, p. 157.
  8. ^ "Kevyn Adams in limbo no more, as he jumps to player-agent role". espn.com.
  9. ^ "David Aebischer ends his career" (in German). National League A. 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2015-01-25.
  10. ^ "'It was all gone': Former NHLer Bryan Berard explains how fraudsters devastated his retirement savings". nationalpost.com. July 15, 2015.
  11. ^ "Stu Barnes announces retirement, joins Dallas Stars coaching staff". thehockeynews.com.
  12. ^ "Devils' Sergei Brylin excited to start new career in coaching". nj.com.
  13. ^ "Keith Carney Is Skipping Camp and...Retiring / Wellwood Image". nucksmisconduct.com.
  14. ^ "Ex-NHLer Joe DiPenta assists cancer patients". The Chronicle Herald. November 6, 2015.
  15. ^ "With Cup in hand after 16 seasons, Drake retires". ESPN.com. July 15, 2008.
  16. ^ "Martin Gelinas' jersey to be retired by the Gatineau Olympiques". NHL.com.
  17. ^ Thunderbirds, Colorado (November 13, 2011). "NHL Goalie John Grahame Joins Tbird Staff". tbirdhockey.org.
  18. ^ "Sabres legend Dominik Hasek happy in retirement, set for Hall of Fame honor and jersey retirement". buffalohockeybeat.com. March 28, 2014.
  19. ^ "Flyers D Hatcher retires, will remain as coach". ESPN.com. June 15, 2009.
  20. ^ "Sean Hill". www.greatesthockeylegends.com.
  21. ^ "Sami Kapanen Announces His Retirement". NHL.com.
  22. ^ "Brisebois, Martin Lapointe join Canadiens' front office - CBC Sports". cbc.ca.
  23. ^ "As Canucks president, Trevor Linden gets his second chance at the Cup" – via The Globe and Mail.
  24. ^ "Harvey Selects Hires Jaroslav Modry". juniorhockey.com.
  25. ^ "Teamwork, Ingenuity, And A Little Engineering Helped Retired LA Kings RW Glen Murray To Skate Again". frozenroyalty.net. March 18, 2014.
  26. ^ Kalnins, Aivis (March 7, 2015). "Dinamo Riga retires Sandis Ozolinsh #8". lastwordonsports.com.
  27. ^ "Former Avalanche enforcer Scott Parker battling effects of concussions". denverpost.com. November 30, 2013.
  28. ^ Demo, Drew (July 16, 2016). "Colorado Avalanche hire Nolan Pratt as an assistant coach - Mile High Sports". milehighsports.com.
  29. ^ Formánek, Project: Martin. "Czech veteran Rucinsky retires - Eurohockey.com". www.eurohockey.com.
  30. ^ "Sanderson puts fun first - Vernon Morning Star". vernonmorningstar.com. February 10, 2013.
  31. ^ "Ex-NHL enforcer Chris Simon files for bankruptcy, court documents say he's broke". ottawacitizen.com. May 30, 2017.
  32. ^ "Bryan Smolinski – National Polish-American". www.polishsportshof.com.
  33. ^ "5 Thoughts: Time to start criticizing Martin St. Louis, Martin Straka retires, and Christian Folin likely won't be a Ranger". savebyrichter.com.
  34. ^ "Remembering Josef Vasicek". www.greatesthockeylegends.com.
  35. ^ "Ice hockey forward Vyborný ends career - Prague Monitor". praguemonitor.com.
  36. ^ "Glen Wesley retires after 20 NHL seasons - CBC Sports". cbc.ca.
  37. ^ "2005-06 New York Islanders: Where Are They Now?". eyesonisles.com. September 25, 2015.

External links

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2007 NHL Entry Draft

The 2007 NHL Entry Draft was the 45th NHL Entry Draft. It was hosted at Nationwide Arena in the city of Columbus, Ohio, United States on June 22, 2007. The draft consisted of seven rounds with rounds two through seven taking place on June 23, 2007. The draft was televised on TSN and RDS, with the first round simulcasted in the United States on Versus and in Europe on NASN.

Columbus Blue Jackets' President and General Manager Doug MacLean and the NHL announced the event on March 21, 2006. On March 13, 2007, it was reported that NHL owners had voted in favor of changes to the team ranking system which would begin at the 2007 draft. This draft marked the first time in NHL history in which American players were selected with the top two picks, with Patrick Kane and James van Riemsdyk being selected by the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers, respectively, and also tied the record of the most Americans being selected in the first round with 10 players.

2007–08 Atlanta Thrashers season

The 2007–08 Atlanta Thrashers season began on October 5, 2007. It was the Atlanta Thrashers' ninth season in the National Hockey League.

Key dates prior to the start of the season:

The 2007 NHL Entry Draft took place in Columbus, Ohio, on June 22–23.

The free agency period began on July 1.

2007–08 Carolina Hurricanes season

The 2007–08 Carolina Hurricanes season began October 3, 2007. It was the franchise's 36th season, 29th season in the National Hockey League and 11th as the Hurricanes.

Key dates prior to the start of the season:

The 2007 NHL Entry Draft took place in Columbus, Ohio, on June 22–23.

The free agency period began on July 1.

2007–08 Chicago Blackhawks season

The 2007–08 Chicago Blackhawks season was the 82nd season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on September 25, 1926. It began on October 4, 2007, against the Minnesota Wild. The 2007 season also marked the team's first winning season in six years.

Key dates prior to the start of the season:

The 2007 NHL Entry Draft took place in Columbus, Ohio, on June 22–23. The Blackhawks had the first overall selection – using it to select Patrick Kane of the London Knights.

The free agency period began on July 1.

2007–08 Colorado Avalanche season

The 2007–08 Colorado Avalanche season began on October 3, 2007, and ended on May 3, 2008. It was the franchise's 36th season, 29th in the National Hockey League, and 13th as the Colorado Avalanche.

2007–08 Detroit Red Wings season

The 2007–08 Detroit Red Wings season was the franchise's 76th season as the Red Wings and 82nd in the National Hockey League (NHL). The team won their eleventh Central Division title, sixth Presidents' Trophy, fifth Clarence S. Campbell Bowl, and won the Stanley Cup as league champion for the fourth time in eleven years. The team finished first in the Central Division and first in the Western Conference for their 17th consecutive playoff appearance and began the playoffs versus the Nashville Predators. The team won the first two games of the series at home but lost the next two at Nashville. In response to these losses, head coach Mike Babcock replaced starting goaltender Dominik Hasek with Chris Osgood. Osgood led the team to nine straight victories en route to a 14–4 record (and 16–6 overall team record) and a four games to two victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals.

Three Red Wings players represented the West at the 56th National Hockey League All-Star Game in Atlanta, Georgia. Goaltender Chris Osgood along with defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom and center Pavel Datsyuk were starters in the game. The Western Conference team was coached by Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock.

2007–08 Florida Panthers season

The 2007–08 Florida Panthers season began on October 4 with a game at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers. It was the Panthers' 15th season in the National Hockey League.

The 2007 NHL Entry Draft took place in Columbus, Ohio on June 22–23. For a complete list of Panthers' draft picks, see below.

2007–08 Los Angeles Kings season

The 2007–08 Los Angeles Kings season was the 41st season (40th season of play) for the National Hockey League franchise. Their season began with the team playing a neutral site home-and-home series with the defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks at the O2 Arena in London, England, the first time the NHL has held a regular season game in Europe.

Along with the switch to the Rbk Edge uniforms instituted league-wide for 2007–08, the Kings also changed their goal celebration horn at Staples Center from a foghorn to a train horn.

2007–08 Minnesota Wild season

The 2007–08 Minnesota Wild season began October 4, 2007. It was the Wild's eighth season in the National Hockey League. They won their first Northwest Division title this season.

Key dates prior to the start of the season:

The 2007 NHL Entry Draft took place in Columbus, Ohio, on June 22–23

The free agency period began on July 1.

2007–08 NHL transactions

The following is a list of all team-to-team transactions that have occurred in the National Hockey League during the 2007–08 NHL season. It lists what team each player has been traded to, signed by, or claimed by, and for which players or draft picks, if applicable.

2007–08 New York Islanders season

The 2007–08 New York Islanders season was the 36th season in the franchise's history.

2007–08 Phoenix Coyotes season

The 2007–08 Phoenix Coyotes season began on October 4, 2007. It was the team's 36th season, 29th in the National Hockey League and 12th season as the Phoenix Coyotes.

Key dates prior to the start of the season:

The 2007 NHL Entry Draft took place in Columbus, Ohio on June 22–23.

The free agency period began on July 1.

2007–08 St. Louis Blues season

The 2007–08 St. Louis Blues season began on October 4, 2007, with a game in Glendale, Arizona against the Phoenix Coyotes. It is the Blues' 41st season in the National Hockey League.

Key dates prior to the start of the season:

The 2007 NHL Entry Draft took place in Columbus, Ohio, on June 22–23.

The free agency period began on July 1.

2007–08 Toronto Maple Leafs season

The 2007–08 Toronto Maple Leafs season began October 4, 2007. It is the 91st season of the franchise, 81st season as the Maple Leafs.

In an effort to return to the playoffs in 2007–08, the Leafs made two significant moves during the off-season. The first was to acquire goaltender Vesa Toskala, along with Mark Bell from the San Jose Sharks for three draft picks. Toronto also signed free agent Jason Blake to a five-year, $20 million contract. Blake topped the 40-goal mark for the first time in 2006–07.With the Leafs struggling in the Northeast Division, the future of John Ferguson, Jr.'s tenure as general manager has been widely debated after Team President Richard Peddie admitted that hiring Ferguson was "a mistake." According to TSN, the Leafs asked former Toronto GM Cliff Fletcher to serve as interim GM early in January. On January 22, it was announced that Ferguson's time with the club had ended, as the board of directors at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment voted to make a change. Fletcher was named interim general manager of the team.Defenceman Tomáš Kaberle was selected to represent the Maple Leafs and the Eastern Conference at the 2008 All-Star Game in Atlanta, Georgia. He hit all four targets in four shots to become the winner of the accuracy competition.

2007–08 Vancouver Canucks season

The 2007–08 Vancouver Canucks season was the Canucks' 38th season in the National Hockey League.

2008 NHL Winter Classic

The 2008 NHL Winter Classic (known via corporate sponsorship as the AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic) was an outdoor regular season National Hockey League (NHL) game, part of the Winter Classic series, played on January 1, 2008, at Ralph Wilson Stadium (now known as New Era Field) in Orchard Park, New York. The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 2–1, in a shootout, on a goal by captain Sidney Crosby. It was the first outdoor regular season professional ice hockey game to be played in the United States, and was sponsored by AMP Energy. It was the successor to the 2003 Heritage Classic, the NHL's first regular season outdoor game, played in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The game was televised in the United States on NBC and in Canada on CBC and RDS. Due to the snowy conditions, the game was at the time colloquially referred to as the "Ice Bowl" by residents of the area and Sabres' fans.

The game, which was played at a temporary ice rink built on the football field, set an NHL attendance record of 71,217. The Sabres held a Winter Classic "house party" at HSBC Arena (now KeyBank Center) during the game where another 11,000 fans saw the game shown live on the arena's video scoreboard with synched-up audio from the team's radio coverage. The Buffalo Sabres Alumni Hockey Team played a pre-game at the HSBC Arena as part of the house party festivities. Buffalo Sabres anthem singer Doug Allen sang the Canadian national anthem, as is customary at Sabres home games. Irish tenor Ronan Tynan performed "God Bless America" before the game at the stadium.

The success of the event has led to subsequent outdoor hockey games being scheduled and helped establish the Winter Classic as an annual NHL tradition.

2008 National Hockey League All-Star Game

The 2008 National Hockey League All-Star Game was held on January 27, 2008 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, home of the Atlanta Thrashers. It was the only time the All-Star Game was held in Atlanta, as the Thrashers moved to Winnipeg in 2011 as the new Winnipeg Jets.

Atlanta had originally been scheduled to host what would have been the 55th NHL All-Star Game in 2005, however that game was canceled due to the NHL Lockout of 2004–05.

Players in this game, like the 55th National Hockey League All-Star Game, wore Rbk EDGE jerseys. The jersey logos had been redesigned, showing a simple logo that displays East and West on the respective conference jerseys, captain and alternate captain patches on the right side (instead of left), and the player's number below the logo.

Brad Watson (ice hockey)

Brad Watson (born October 4, 1961 in Regina, Saskatchewan) is a National Hockey League referee, who wears uniform number 23. As of the end of the 2007–08 NHL season, he has officiated 542 regular season games and 62 playoff games. He officiated on December 8, 2009 when Martin Brodeur tied Terry Sawchuk's career shutout record with his 103rd shutout. He has officiated the 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Stanley Cup finals.Brad officiated in his 1,000th NHL game at Pepsi Center in Denver on January 21, 2014. The game was between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Colorado Avalanche.On May 3, 2015, Montreal Canadiens player Brandon Prust accused Brad Watson of insulting him after he took a roughing call in the first period. Prust later apologized for the accusations.

NHL Tonight

NHL Tonight (formerly NHL on the Fly: Final) is the flagship show on the NHL Network in Canada and the United States. The show made its debut under its current title in December 2011. It airs nightly at 10:00 pm throughout the NHL season carrying highlights from all of the day's games and includes live “look-ins” of any west coast games still in progress.

The show airs immediately after NHL on the Fly, the network's in-game studio show with live “look-ins” of all current games, and was previously entitled NHL on the Fly: Final. It used to last either 30 or 60 minutes depending on the number of games that night, but in its current incarnation, the show is an hour long, no matter how many games are played that evening. It should not be confused with ESPN's National Hockey Night which ended after the 2003-2004 NHL season.

The show was formerly simulcast occasionally on TSN for the national audience when the channel aired regional Toronto Maple Leafs action in Ontario. TSN no longer airs regional-only games of this nature.

As of the beginning of the 2007–08 NHL season, the NHL Network is now available in the United States.

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