1986–87 Quebec Nordiques season

The 1986–87 Quebec Nordiques season was the Nordiques eighth season in the National Hockey League. An aspect of the Quebec Nordiques season was that it hosted Rendez-vous '87, a series of two matches consisting of NHL All-Stars versus Soviet All-Stars.

1986–87 Quebec Nordiques
Division4th Adams
Conference8th Wales
1986–87 record31–39–10
Goals for267
Goals against276
Team information
General managerMaurice Filion
CoachMichel Bergeron
CaptainPeter Stastny
ArenaColisée de Québec
Team leaders
GoalsMichel Goulet (49)
AssistsPeter Stastny (53)
PointsMichel Goulet (96)
Penalty minutesPaul Gillis (267)
WinsClint Malarchuk (18)
Goals against averageMario Gosselin (3.18)

OffseasonEdit

Quebec had a very quiet off-season, as the only notable player movement was Alain Lemieux leaving the club as a free agent, as he signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Lemieux only appeared in seven regular season games with the Nordiques, getting no points, however, Lemieux did play in a playoff game, earning a goal and three points. He finished second in scoring on the Fredericton Express, earning 74 points.

Regular seasonEdit

Quebec started the season off hot, going 6-2-2 in their first ten games, however, a 7-11-2 record over their next twenty games saw the Nordiques fall to 13-13-4. The club continued to struggle, going 6-13-3, to fall to 19-26-7, and battling the Buffalo Sabres for the final playoff spot in the Adams Division. Quebec would finish the season with a 31-39-10 record, earning 72 points, which was the team's worst point total since their first season in 1979–80. The Nordiques finished in fourth place, and earned a playoff spot for the seventh straight season.

Offensively, Michel Goulet led the way, scoring 49 goals and 96 points to lead the Nordiques. Peter Stastny had an injury plagued season, missing 18 games, however, he still scored 24 goals and 77 points to finish in second in team scoring. Anton Stastny and Brent Ashton each cleared the 20 goal plateau, as they had 27 and 25 respectively.

On the blueline, Risto Siltanen had 10 goals and 39 points to lead the defense, while Jeff Brown had seven goals and 29 points in only 44 games played with Quebec.

In goal, Clint Malarchuk played the majority of the games, as his 18 wins were a team high. Mario Gosselin had 13 wins, and posted a team best 3.18 GAA in 30 games.

Rendez-vous '87Edit

Rendez-vous '87 was an ice hockey exhibition series between the Soviet men's national ice hockey team and a team of All-Stars from the National Hockey League, held in Quebec City. It replaced the NHL's All-Star festivities for the 1986–87 NHL season. The Soviet team was paid $80,000 for their appearance in Rendez-vous '87, while the NHLers raised $350,000 for the players' pension fund.

Rendez-vous '87 was designed as a follow-up to the Challenge Cup series in 1979, hoping that the team of NHL All-Stars could beat the Soviet team, unlike before. To this end, the series was a two-game affair instead of a three-game affair in 1979. The two-game series took place during five days of festivities starting on February 9, 1987, and finishing on February 13. The series was very successful, with some, including Wayne Gretzky, calling for more international hockey, especially between Canada and the Soviet Union, the two top powers of hockey at the time.

Final standingsEdit

Adams Division[1]
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Hartford Whalers 80 43 30 7 287 270 93
Montreal Canadiens 80 41 29 10 277 241 92
Boston Bruins 80 39 34 7 301 276 85
Quebec Nordiques 80 31 39 10 267 276 72
Buffalo Sabres 80 28 44 8 280 308 64

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Schedule and resultsEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 9, 1986 6–1 Detroit Red Wings (1986–87) 1–0–0
2 T October 11, 1986 4–4 OT Minnesota North Stars (1986–87) 1–0–1
3 W October 13, 1986 7–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1986–87) 2–0–1
4 L October 15, 1986 2–5 @ Edmonton Oilers (1986–87) 2–1–1
5 W October 16, 1986 4–2 @ Calgary Flames (1986–87) 3–1–1
6 L October 18, 1986 3–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1986–87) 3–2–1
7 T October 21, 1986 4–4 OT Washington Capitals (1986–87) 3–2–2
8 W October 22, 1986 7–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1986–87) 4–2–2
9 W October 25, 1986 4–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1986–87) 5–2–2
10 W October 28, 1986 6–2 Los Angeles Kings (1986–87) 6–2–2
11 L October 30, 1986 3–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1986–87) 6–3–2
12 T November 1, 1986 2–2 OT @ Hartford Whalers (1986–87) 6–3–3
13 T November 2, 1986 3–3 OT Hartford Whalers (1986–87) 6–3–4
14 L November 4, 1986 3–6 Winnipeg Jets (1986–87) 6–4–4
15 L November 8, 1986 1–5 Boston Bruins (1986–87) 6–5–4
16 W November 9, 1986 6–5 New York Rangers (1986–87) 7–5–4
17 L November 12, 1986 3–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1986–87) 7–6–4
18 W November 14, 1986 4–1 @ Washington Capitals (1986–87) 8–6–4
19 L November 15, 1986 2–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1986–87) 8–7–4
20 L November 18, 1986 3–4 OT New York Islanders (1986–87) 8–8–4
21 W November 21, 1986 6–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1986–87) 9–8–4
22 W November 22, 1986 3–1 Buffalo Sabres (1986–87) 10–8–4
23 W November 25, 1986 2–1 Montreal Canadiens (1986–87) 11–8–4
24 L November 26, 1986 2–4 @ New York Rangers (1986–87) 11–9–4
25 W November 29, 1986 4–3 Washington Capitals (1986–87) 12–9–4
26 W December 1, 1986 4–1 Hartford Whalers (1986–87) 13–9–4
27 L December 3, 1986 1–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1986–87) 13–10–4
28 L December 4, 1986 2–3 @ Boston Bruins (1986–87) 13–11–4
29 L December 6, 1986 2–3 Calgary Flames (1986–87) 13–12–4
30 L December 9, 1986 1–4 St. Louis Blues (1986–87) 13–13–4
31 W December 13, 1986 7–0 Buffalo Sabres (1986–87) 14–13–4
32 L December 14, 1986 2–6 Boston Bruins (1986–87) 14–14–4
33 L December 17, 1986 3–5 @ Edmonton Oilers (1986–87) 14–15–4
34 L December 18, 1986 2–6 @ Calgary Flames (1986–87) 14–16–4
35 W December 20, 1986 4–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1986–87) 15–16–4
36 T December 21, 1986 4–4 OT @ Winnipeg Jets (1986–87) 15–16–5
37 T December 27, 1986 2–2 OT New Jersey Devils (1986–87) 15–16–6
38 W December 30, 1986 6–3 Montreal Canadiens (1986–87) 16–16–6
39 L December 31, 1986 1–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1986–87) 16–17–6
40 L January 3, 1987 2–5 New York Rangers (1986–87) 16–18–6
41 L January 4, 1987 2–7 @ Buffalo Sabres (1986–87) 16–19–6
42 W January 6, 1987 3–2 Vancouver Canucks (1986–87) 17–19–6
43 T January 8, 1987 4–4 OT @ New Jersey Devils (1986–87) 17–19–7
44 L January 10, 1987 2–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1986–87) 17–20–7
45 L January 15, 1987 1–4 Edmonton Oilers (1986–87) 17–21–7
46 L January 17, 1987 2–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1986–87) 17–22–7
47 W January 18, 1987 5–3 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1986–87) 18–22–7
48 L January 20, 1987 3–5 Boston Bruins (1986–87) 18–23–7
49 L January 23, 1987 2–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1986–87) 18–24–7
50 L January 24, 1987 1–2 OT New York Islanders (1986–87) 18–25–7
51 W January 27, 1987 4–2 Hartford Whalers (1986–87) 19–25–7
52 L January 30, 1987 1–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1986–87) 19–26–7
53 W February 1, 1987 3–2 Los Angeles Kings (1986–87) 20–26–7
54 W February 3, 1987 4–1 Montreal Canadiens (1986–87) 21–26–7
55 L February 4, 1987 3–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1986–87) 21–27–7
56 W February 7, 1987 5–2 Buffalo Sabres (1986–87) 22–27–7
57 W February 8, 1987 2–1 @ Boston Bruins (1986–87) 23–27–7
58 L February 15, 1987 4–6 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1986–87) 23–28–7
59 T February 17, 1987 3–3 OT Winnipeg Jets (1986–87) 23–28–8
60 L February 20, 1987 3–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1986–87) 23–29–8
61 L February 21, 1987 3–4 OT @ St. Louis Blues (1986–87) 23–30–8
62 W February 24, 1987 5–4 Minnesota North Stars (1986–87) 24–30–8
63 L February 26, 1987 2–6 @ Boston Bruins (1986–87) 24–31–8
64 L February 28, 1987 1–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1986–87) 24–32–8
65 L March 3, 1987 1–8 Pittsburgh Penguins (1986–87) 24–33–8
66 T March 7, 1987 5–5 OT Buffalo Sabres (1986–87) 24–33–9
67 L March 8, 1987 1–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1986–87) 24–34–9
68 W March 10, 1987 6–4 Hartford Whalers (1986–87) 25–34–9
69 L March 12, 1987 3–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1986–87) 25–35–9
70 W March 14, 1987 6–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1986–87) 26–35–9
71 L March 17, 1987 2–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1986–87) 26–36–9
72 W March 20, 1987 5–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1986–87) 27–36–9
73 T March 21, 1987 2–2 OT Philadelphia Flyers (1986–87) 27–36–10
74 L March 24, 1987 3–4 Montreal Canadiens (1986–87) 27–37–10
75 L March 26, 1987 2–3 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers (1986–87) 27–38–10
76 W March 28, 1987 5–4 Chicago Blackhawks (1986–87) 28–38–10
77 L March 31, 1987 3–4 Boston Bruins (1986–87) 28–39–10
78 W April 2, 1987 4–1 @ New York Islanders (1986–87) 29–39–10
79 W April 4, 1987 8–4 New Jersey Devils (1986–87) 30–39–10
80 W April 5, 1987 6–4 @ Boston Bruins (1986–87) 31–39–10

Player statisticsEdit

Regular season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Michel Goulet LW 75 49 47 96 61 −12 17 0 6
Peter Stastny C 64 24 53 77 43 −21 12 0 4
Anton Stastny LW 77 27 35 62 8 3 6 0 5
Brent Ashton LW 46 25 19 44 17 −12 12 2 1
Paul Gillis C 76 13 26 39 267 −5 0 0 3
Dale Hunter C 46 10 29 39 135 4 0 0 0
Risto Siltanen D 66 10 29 39 32 −2 8 0 1
Alain Cote LW 80 12 24 36 38 −4 0 2 1
Mike Eagles C/LW 73 13 19 32 55 −15 0 2 2
Jeff Brown D 44 7 22 29 16 11 3 0 0
Jason Lafreniere C 56 13 15 28 8 −3 7 0 1
Robert Picard D 78 8 20 28 71 −17 1 1 3
John Ogrodnick LW 32 11 16 27 4 −6 2 0 1
David Shaw D 75 0 19 19 69 −35 0 0 0
Normand Rochefort D 70 6 9 15 46 2 0 0 0
Basil McRae LW 33 9 5 14 149 1 3 0 1
Mike Hough LW 56 6 8 14 79 −8 1 1 0
Randy Moller D 71 5 9 14 144 −11 1 0 1
Lane Lambert RW 15 5 5 10 18 −1 0 0 0
Ken Quinney RW 25 2 7 9 16 2 1 0 0
Mark Kumpel RW 40 1 8 9 16 −12 0 0 0
Bill Derlago C 18 3 5 8 6 −4 0 0 0
Steven Finn D 36 2 5 7 40 −8 0 0 0
Pat Price D 47 0 6 6 81 −7 0 0 0
Jean-Francois Sauve C 14 2 3 5 4 −4 2 0 0
Max Middendorf RW 6 1 4 5 4 −2 0 0 0
Mario Gosselin G 30 0 3 3 20 0 0 0 0
Gilbert Delorme D 19 2 0 2 14 −1 0 0 0
Gord Donnelly D 38 0 2 2 143 −3 0 0 0
Clint Malarchuk G 54 0 2 2 37 0 0 0 0
Doug Shedden C 16 0 2 2 8 −5 0 0 0
Richard Zemlak RW 20 0 2 2 47 0 0 0 0
Trevor Stienburg RW 6 1 0 1 12 0 0 0 1
Greg Malone C 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Yves Heroux RW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daniel Poudrier D 6 0 0 0 0 −2 0 0 0
Richard Sevigny G 4 0 0 0 14 0 0 0 0
Scott Shaunessy D/LW 3 0 0 0 7 −1 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Clint Malarchuk 3092 54 18 26 9 175 3.40 1 1512 1337 .884
Mario Gosselin 1625 30 13 11 1 86 3.18 0 758 672 .887
Richard Sevigny 144 4 0 2 0 11 4.58 0 56 45 .804
Team: 4861 80 31 39 10 272 3.36 1 2326 2054 .883
Playoffs
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Peter Stastny C 13 6 9 15 12 3 2 1 1
Michel Goulet LW 13 9 5 14 35 −2 4 0 2
John Ogrodnick LW 13 9 4 13 6 0 3 0 2
Robert Picard D 13 2 10 12 10 3 1 0 0
Anton Stastny LW 13 3 8 11 6 0 0 0 0
Risto Siltanen D 13 1 9 10 8 −4 1 0 0
Dale Hunter C 13 1 7 8 56 −5 1 0 0
Jeff Brown D 13 3 3 6 2 −3 2 0 0
Paul Gillis C 13 2 4 6 65 3 0 0 0
Lane Lambert RW 13 2 4 6 30 2 0 0 0
Jason Lafreniere C 12 1 5 6 2 −1 1 0 0
Alain Cote LW 13 2 3 5 2 0 0 0 0
Randy Moller D 13 1 4 5 23 5 0 0 0
Basil McRae LW 13 3 1 4 99 −1 0 0 1
Normand Rochefort D 13 2 1 3 26 −3 0 0 1
Mike Hough LW 9 0 3 3 26 −1 0 0 0
Steven Finn D 13 0 2 2 29 1 0 0 0
Mike Eagles C/LW 4 1 0 1 10 −1 0 0 0
Gord Donnelly D 13 0 0 0 53 −2 0 0 0
Mario Gosselin G 11 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Clint Malarchuk G 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Greg Malone C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Mario Gosselin 654 11 7 4 37 3.39 0 326 289 .887
Clint Malarchuk 140 3 0 2 8 3.43 0 56 48 .857
Team: 794 13 7 6 45 3.40 0 382 337 .882

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Note:
Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

PlayoffsEdit

Quebec opened the 1987 Stanley Cup playoffs with a first round matchup against the Hartford Whalers in a best of seven series. The Whalers, who swept the Nordiques in 1986, finished the season in first place in the Adams Division with a 43-30-7 record, earning 93 points, which was 21 more than Quebec. The series began with two games at the Hartford Civic Center, and the Whalers continued their winning ways against the Nordiques in the playoffs, winning the first game 3–2 in overtime, followed by a narrow 5–4 victory over Quebec in the second game to take a 2–0 series lead. With the series moving to Le Colisée for the next two games, the Nordiques responded, easily defeating Hartford 5–1 in the third game, followed by a 4–1 win in the fourth game to even the series at two. The series shifted back to Hartford for the fifth game, however, the Nordiques came out ahead with a solid 7–5 victory, to take a 3–2 series lead. Quebec would complete the upset, winning 5–4 in overtime in the sixth game in Quebec City, to win the series 4–2.

The Nordiques then moved on to face the Montreal Canadiens, the defending Stanley Cup champions, in the Battle of Quebec in the best of seven Adams Division final. Montreal had a 41-29-10 record, getting 92 points, which was 20 more than the Nordiques. Montreal swept the Boston Bruins in four games in the first round of the playoffs. The series opened with two games at the Montreal Forum, but it was the Nordiques, who stayed hot, took a 2–0 series lead, defeating the Canadiens 7–5 in the series opener, followed by a 2–1 win in the second game. The series moved to Le Colisée for the next two games, and the Canadiens rebounded, easily defeating the Nordiques 7–2 in the third game, then tied the series with a 3–2 overtime win in the fourth game. In the fifth game back in Montreal, the Canadiens held off the Nordiques once again, winning 3–2 to take the series lead. Quebec then tied the series up in the sixth game, hanging on with a 3–2 win, to force a seventh and deciding game. In the seventh game, the Canadiens proved to be too strong for Quebec, defeating the Nordiques 5–3 to win the series. This would be the Nordiques last playoff appearance until 1993.

Quebec Nordiques 4, Hartford Whalers 2Edit

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 8 Quebec Nordiques 2–3 Hartford Whalers 0–1
2 April 9 Quebec Nordiques 4–5 Hartford Whalers 0–2
3 April 11 Hartford Whalers 1–5 Quebec Nordiques 1–2
4 April 12 Hartford Whalers 1–4 Quebec Nordiques 2–2
5 April 14 Quebec Nordiques 7–5 Hartford Whalers 3–2
6 April 16 Hartford Whalers 4–5 Quebec Nordiques 4–2

Montreal Canadiens 4, Quebec Nordiques 3Edit

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 20 Quebec Nordiques 7–5 Montreal Canadiens 1–0
2 April 22 Quebec Nordiques 2–1 Montreal Canadiens 2–0
3 April 24 Montreal Canadiens 7–2 Quebec Nordiques 2–1
4 April 26 Montreal Canadiens 3–2 Quebec Nordiques 2–2
5 April 28 Quebec Nordiques 2–3 Montreal Canadiens 2–3
6 April 30 Montreal Canadiens 2–3 Quebec Nordiques 3–3
7 May 2 Quebec Nordiques 3–5 Montreal Canadiens 3–4

TransactionsEdit

The Nordiques made the following transactions during the 1986–87 season.

TradesEdit

January 5, 1987 To Winnipeg Jets
4th round pick in 1989Mark Brownschidle
To Quebec Nordiques
Bill Derlago
January 15, 1987 To Detroit Red Wings
Mark Kumpel
Brent Ashton
Gilbert Delorme
To Quebec Nordiques
Basil McRae
John Ogrodnick
Doug Shedden
March 5, 1987 To New York Rangers
Pat Price
To Quebec Nordiques
Lane Lambert
June 12, 1987 To Washington Capitals
12th round pick in 1987Dan Brettschneider
10th round pick in 1988 – Mark Sorensen
To Quebec Nordiques
9th round pick in 1987Ladislav Tresl
June 13, 1987 To Washington Capitals
Dale Hunter
Clint Malarchuk
To Quebec Nordiques
Gaetan Duchesne
Alan Haworth
1st round pick in 1987Joe Sakic

Free agentsEdit

Player Former team
Scott Gordon Boston College Eagles (NCAA)
Marc Fortier Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)
Jean-Marc Richard Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)
Player New team
Alain Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins

Draft picksEdit

Quebec's draft picks from the 1986 NHL Entry Draft which was held at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec.

Round # Player Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 18 Ken McRae   Canada Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
2 39 Jean-Marc Routhier   Canada Hull Olympiques (QMJHL)
2 41 Stephane Guerard   Canada Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
4 81 Ron Tugnutt   Canada Peterborough Petes (OHL)
5 102 Gerald Bzdel   Canada Regina Pats (WHL)
6 117 Scott White   Canada Michigan Tech Huskies (NCAA)
6 123 Morgan Samuelsson   Sweden Bodens BK (Sweden)
7 134 Mark Vermette   Canada Lake Superior State (NCAA)
7 144 Jean-Francois Nault   Canada Granby Bisons (QMJHL)
8 165 Keith Miller   Canada Guelph Platers (OHL)
9 186 Pierre Millier   Canada Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)
10 207 Chris Lappin   United States Canterbury School (USHS)
11 228 Martin Latreille   Canada Laval Titan (QMJHL)
12 249 Sean Boudreault   United States Mount St. Charles Academy (USHS)
S2 21 Mike Natyshak   Canada Bowling Green State University (CCHA)

Awards and recordsEdit

  • Michel Goulet, left wing, NHL First Team All-Star

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 153. ISBN 9781894801225.
  2. ^ "1986-87 Quebec Nordiques Statistics – Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-07-27.