1977-78 New England Whalers Game-by-Game Results

World Hockey Association (WHA)
Team Record: 44-31-5 - 93 points
Finishing 2nd in the WHA
Postseason: 8-6
Lost AVCO Cup finals
Quarter-Finals - Defeated Edmonton Oilers 4-1
Semi-Finals - Lost to Quebec Nordiques 1-4
Avco Cup Finals - Lost to Winnipeg Jets 4-0
Coach: Harry Neale (44-31-5)
Location: Hartford, Connecticut
1977-78 New England Whalers Statistics
1977-78 New England Whalers Roster

The New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association ended the 1977-78 season with a record of 44 wins and 31 losses and 5 ties for 93 points, finishing second in the WHA. The team compiled a postseason mark of 8-6.

The Whalers scored 335 goals and gave up 269. Gordie Howe netted 34 goals for New England, while George Lyle, Mark Howe and Mike Antonovich each tallied 30 or more, too. Gordie Howe contributed 62 assists. Al Smith earned 30 wins in front of the net for the squad and a team-best 3.22 goals against average, pacing regular goalies.

Harry Neale coached the team. The 1977-78 New England Whalers lost in the AVCO Cup finals.

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Regular Season Goals For: 361
Regular Season Goals Against: 283

Date Game Res Home Road Record
October 12, 1977 New England Whalers 3 at Houston Aeros 0 W 0-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0
October 15, 1977 Birmingham Bulls 2 at New England Whalers 5 W 1-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0
October 16, 1977 New England Whalers 2 at Cincinnati Stingers 6 L 1-0-0 1-1-0 2-1-0
October 18, 1977 New England Whalers 2 at Indianapolis Racers 2 T 1-0-0 1-1-1 2-1-1 OT
October 19, 1977 New England Whalers 6 at Edmonton Oilers 3 W 1-0-0 2-1-1 3-1-1
October 21, 1977 New England Whalers 5 at Winnipeg Jets 2 W 1-0-0 3-1-1 4-1-1
October 26, 1977 Quebec Nordiques 1 at New England Whalers 7 W 2-0-0 3-1-1 5-1-1
October 29, 1977 Houston Aeros 2 at New England Whalers 7 W 3-0-0 3-1-1 6-1-1
November 1, 1977 New England Whalers 6 at Quebec Nordiques 3 W 3-0-0 4-1-1 7-1-1
November 4, 1977 Cincinnati Stingers 3 at New England Whalers 4 W 4-0-0 4-1-1 8-1-1
November 6, 1977 New England Whalers 5 at Cincinnati Stingers 2 W 4-0-0 5-1-1 9-1-1
November 8, 1977 New England Whalers 4 at Birmingham Bulls 3 W 4-0-0 6-1-1 10-1-1
November 10, 1977 Edmonton Oilers 3 at New England Whalers 5 W 5-0-0 6-1-1 11-1-1
November 12, 1977 Indianapolis Racers 3 at New England Whalers 5 W 6-0-0 6-1-1 12-1-1
November 15, 1977 New England Whalers 6 at Indianapolis Racers 4 W 6-0-0 7-1-1 13-1-1
November 18, 1977 Winnipeg Jets 2 at New England Whalers 3 W 7-0-0 7-1-1 14-1-1
November 20, 1977 New England Whalers 5 at Edmonton Oilers 4 W 7-0-0 8-1-1 15-1-1 OT
November 22, 1977 New England Whalers 4 at Quebec Nordiques 5 L 7-0-0 8-2-1 15-2-1
November 23, 1977 Indianapolis Racers 3 at New England Whalers 3 T 7-0-1 8-2-1 15-2-2 OT
November 25, 1977 Quebec Nordiques 6 at New England Whalers 2 L 7-1-1 8-2-1 15-3-2
November 26, 1977 Edmonton Oilers 3 at New England Whalers 1 L 7-2-1 8-2-1 15-4-2
November 30, 1977 New England Whalers 3 at Houston Aeros 3 T 7-2-1 8-2-2 15-4-3 OT
December 2, 1977 Winnipeg Jets 1 at New England Whalers 4 W 8-2-1 8-2-2 16-4-3
December 3, 1977 Cincinnati Stingers 5 at New England Whalers 2 L 8-3-1 8-2-2 16-5-3
December 6, 1977 New England Whalers 2 at Indianapolis Racers 5 L 8-3-1 8-3-2 16-6-3
December 7, 1977 New England Whalers 6 at Birmingham Bulls 3 W 8-3-1 9-3-2 17-6-3
December 9, 1977 New England Whalers 2 at Birmingham Bulls 1 W 8-3-1 10-3-2 18-6-3 OT
December 14, 1977 Soviet All Stars 2 at New England Whalers 7 W 9-3-1 10-3-2 19-6-3
December 14, 1977 Houston Aeros 2 at New England Whalers 7 W 10-3-1 10-3-2 20-6-3
December 16, 1977 Cincinnati Stingers 3 at New England Whalers 5 W 11-3-1 10-3-2 21-6-3
December 16, 1977 Czechoslovakia 3 at New England Whalers 5 W 12-3-1 10-3-2 22-6-3
December 17, 1977 Winnipeg Jets 6 at New England Whalers 3 L 12-4-1 10-3-2 22-7-3
December 17, 1977 New England Whalers 5 at Cincinnati Stingers 4 W 12-4-1 11-3-2 23-7-3
December 18, 1977 New England Whalers 3 at Winnipeg Jets 7 L 12-4-1 11-4-2 23-8-3
December 23, 1977 New England Whalers 6 at Houston Aeros 2 W 12-4-1 12-4-2 24-8-3
December 23, 1977 Indianapolis Racers 3 at New England Whalers 5 W 13-4-1 12-4-2 25-8-3
December 27, 1977 Birmingham Bulls 1 at New England Whalers 8 W 14-4-1 12-4-2 26-8-3
December 30, 1977 Birmingham Bulls 2 at New England Whalers 6 W 15-4-1 12-4-2 27-8-3
January 1, 1978 New England Whalers 4 at Cincinnati Stingers 3 W 15-4-1 13-4-2 28-8-3 OT
January 3, 1978 New England Whalers 3 at Quebec Nordiques 3 T 15-4-1 13-4-3 28-8-4 OT
January 4, 1978 Quebec Nordiques 6 at New England Whalers 4 L 15-5-1 13-4-3 28-9-4
January 6, 1978 New England Whalers 3 at Indianapolis Racers 4 L 15-5-1 13-5-3 28-10-4
January 7, 1978 Cincinnati Stingers 3 at New England Whalers 5 W 16-5-1 13-5-3 29-10-4
January 8, 1978 Birmingham Bulls 5 at New England Whalers 4 L 16-6-1 13-5-3 29-11-4
January 13, 1978 Edmonton Oilers 0 at New England Whalers 2 W 17-6-1 13-5-3 30-11-4
January 14, 1978 Houston Aeros 5 at New England Whalers 4 L 17-7-1 13-5-3 30-12-4 OT
January 18, 1978 New England Whalers 0 at Edmonton Oilers 1 L 17-7-1 13-6-3 30-13-4
January 20, 1978 New England Whalers 4 at Winnipeg Jets 4 T 17-7-1 13-6-4 30-13-5 OT
January 21, 1978 New England Whalers 2 at Quebec Nordiques 3 L 17-7-1 13-7-4 30-14-5
January 22, 1978 Quebec Nordiques 3 at New England Whalers 6 W 18-7-1 13-7-4 31-14-5
January 25, 1978 New England Whalers 7 at Cincinnati Stingers 8 L 18-7-1 13-8-4 31-15-5 OT
January 27, 1978 New England Whalers 6 at Birmingham Bulls 2 W 18-7-1 14-8-4 32-15-5
January 28, 1978 New England Whalers 3 at Houston Aeros 0 W 18-7-1 15-8-4 33-15-5
January 29, 1978 New England Whalers 4 at Houston Aeros 6 L 18-7-1 15-9-4 33-16-5
February 1, 1978 Edmonton Oilers 3 at New England Whalers 4 W 19-7-1 15-9-4 34-16-5
February 3, 1978 Edmonton Oilers 6 at New England Whalers 3 L 19-8-1 15-9-4 34-17-5
February 4, 1978 New England Whalers 4 at Houston Aeros 5 L 19-8-1 15-10-4 34-18-5
February 11, 1978 New England Whalers 8 at Cincinnati Stingers 7 W 19-8-1 16-10-4 35-18-5
February 14, 1978 Quebec Nordiques 1 at New England Whalers 5 W 20-8-1 16-10-4 36-18-5
February 16, 1978 Winnipeg Jets 2 at New England Whalers 1 L 20-9-1 16-10-4 36-19-5 OT
February 18, 1978 New England Whalers 4 at Indianapolis Racers 1 W 20-9-1 17-10-4 37-19-5
February 21, 1978 New England Whalers 5 at Quebec Nordiques 6 L 20-9-1 17-11-4 37-20-5 OT
February 22, 1978 New England Whalers 2 at Winnipeg Jets 4 L 20-9-1 17-12-4 37-21-5
February 24, 1978 New England Whalers 2 at Winnipeg Jets 7 L 20-9-1 17-13-4 37-22-5
February 26, 1978 New England Whalers 6 at Edmonton Oilers 5 W 20-9-1 18-13-4 38-22-5
March 1, 1978 Quebec Nordiques 4 at New England Whalers 3 L 20-10-1 18-13-4 38-23-5 OT
March 3, 1978 Houston Aeros 3 at New England Whalers 2 L 20-11-1 18-13-4 38-24-5 OT
March 4, 1978 Birmingham Bulls 5 at New England Whalers 2 L 20-12-1 18-13-4 38-25-5
March 5, 1978 New England Whalers 1 at Quebec Nordiques 2 L 20-12-1 18-14-4 38-26-5
March 9, 1978 New England Whalers 4 at Houston Aeros 6 L 20-12-1 18-15-4 38-27-5
March 10, 1978 New England Whalers 5 at Birmingham Bulls 4 W 20-12-1 19-15-4 39-27-5 OT
March 14, 1978 Birmingham Bulls 0 at New England Whalers 6 W 21-12-1 19-15-4 40-27-5
March 15, 1978 Indianapolis Racers 0 at New England Whalers 7 W 22-12-1 19-15-4 41-27-5
March 17, 1978 New England Whalers 6 at Cincinnati Stingers 2 W 22-12-1 20-15-4 42-27-5
March 18, 1978 New England Whalers 3 at Quebec Nordiques 5 L 22-12-1 20-16-4 42-28-5
March 21, 1978 Indianapolis Racers 3 at New England Whalers 6 W 23-12-1 20-16-4 43-28-5
March 22, 1978 Winnipeg Jets 5 at New England Whalers 3 L 23-13-1 20-16-4 43-29-5
March 24, 1978 Houston Aeros 1 at New England Whalers 0 L 23-14-1 20-16-4 43-30-5
March 26, 1978 Edmonton Oilers 3 at New England Whalers 5 W 24-14-1 20-16-4 44-30-5
March 29, 1978 Cincinnati Stingers 1 at New England Whalers 6 W 25-14-1 20-16-4 45-30-5
April 3, 1978 Houston Aeros 6 at New England Whalers 8 W 26-14-1 20-16-4 46-30-5
April 5, 1978 New England Whalers 4 at Edmonton Oilers 4 T 26-14-1 20-16-5 46-30-6 OT
April 6, 1978 New England Whalers 4 at Winnipeg Jets 7 L 26-14-1 20-17-5 46-31-6
April 10, 1978 Cincinnati Stingers 1 at New England Whalers 6 W 27-14-1 20-17-5 47-31-6
April 11, 1978 Indianapolis Racers 3 at New England Whalers 6 W 28-14-1 20-17-5 48-31-6
April 14, 1978 Edmonton Oilers 4 at New England Whalers 6 W 1-0-0 0-0-0 1-0-0
April 16, 1978 Edmonton Oilers 1 at New England Whalers 4 W 2-0-0 0-0-0 2-0-0
April 19, 1978 New England Whalers 0 at Edmonton Oilers 2 L 2-0-0 0-1-0 2-1-0
April 21, 1978 New England Whalers 9 at Edmonton Oilers 1 W 2-0-0 1-1-0 3-1-0
April 23, 1978 Edmonton Oilers 1 at New England Whalers 4 W 3-0-0 1-1-0 4-1-0
April 28, 1978 Quebec Nordiques 1 at New England Whalers 5 W 4-0-0 1-1-0 5-1-0
April 30, 1978 Quebec Nordiques 3 at New England Whalers 2 L 4-1-0 1-1-0 5-2-0
May 3, 1978 New England Whalers 5 at Quebec Nordiques 4 W 4-1-0 2-1-0 6-2-0
May 5, 1978 New England Whalers 7 at Quebec Nordiques 3 W 4-1-0 3-1-0 7-2-0
May 7, 1978 Quebec Nordiques 3 at New England Whalers 6 W 5-1-0 3-1-0 8-2-0
May 12, 1978 Winnipeg Jets 4 at New England Whalers 1 L 5-2-0 3-1-0 8-3-0
May 14, 1978 Winnipeg Jets 5 at New England Whalers 2 L 5-3-0 3-1-0 8-4-0
May 19, 1978 New England Whalers 2 at Winnipeg Jets 10 L 5-3-0 3-2-0 8-5-0
May 22, 1978 New England Whalers 3 at Winnipeg Jets 5 L 5-3-0 3-3-0 8-6-0