This was the first year since they began broadcasting that CBC was not the lone network broadcaster in Canada. While Molson continued to present Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday nights, rival brewery Carling O'Keefe began airing Friday night games on CTV. The two networks split the playoffs and finals.
This season marked the true end for the 1960s in the NHL, as the last two players active in that decade, Butch Goring and Brad Park, retired after the playoffs. Goring was the last active, playing his last playoff game three days after Park's last game.
|New York Islanders||80||40||34||6||86||345||312||1516|
|New York Rangers||80||26||44||10||62||295||345||1301|
|New Jersey Devils||80||22||48||10||54||264||346||1282|
|St. Louis Blues||80||37||31||12||86||299||288||1301|
|Chicago Black Hawks||80||38||35||7||83||309||299||1432|
|Detroit Red Wings||80||27||41||12||66||313||357||1741|
|Minnesota North Stars||80||25||43||12||62||268||321||1735|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||80||20||52||8||48||253||358||1627|
|Los Angeles Kings||80||34||32||14||82||339||326||1413|
|Wayne Gretzky||Edmonton Oilers||80||73||135||208||52|
|Jari Kurri||Edmonton Oilers||73||71||64||135||30|
|Dale Hawerchuk||Winnipeg Jets||80||53||77||130||74|
|Marcel Dionne||Los Angeles Kings||80||46||80||126||46|
|Paul Coffey||Edmonton Oilers||80||37||84||121||97|
|Mike Bossy||New York Islanders||76||58||59||117||38|
|John Ogrodnick||Detroit Red Wings||79||55||50||105||30|
|Denis Savard||Chicago Black Hawks||79||38||67||105||56|
|Bernie Federko||St. Louis Blues||76||30||73||103||27|
|Mike Gartner||Washington Capitals||80||50||52||102||71|
|Tom Barasso||Buffalo Sabres||54||25||18||10||144||2.66||5|
|Pat Riggin||Washington Capitals||57||28||20||7||168||2.98||2|
|Pelle Lindbergh||Philadelphia Flyers||57||28||20||7||168||2.98||2|
|Steve Penney||Montreal Canadiens||54||26||18||8||167||3.08||1|
|Rick Wamsley||Saint Louis Blues||40||23||12||5||126||3.26||0|
|Mario Gosselin||Quebec Nordiques||36||19||11||3||111||3.30||1|
|Reggie Lemelin||Calgary Flames||56||30||12||10||183||3.46||1|
|Pete Peeters||Boston Bruins||51||19||26||4||172||3.47||1|
|Dan Bouchard||Quebec Nordiques||29||12||13||4||101||3.49||0|
|Kelly Hrudey||New York Islanders||41||19||17||3||141||3.62||2|
The Philadelphia Flyers ended the New York Islanders' string of five straight seasons in the Stanley Cup Finals by dispatching the club four games to one. Flyers goaltender Pelle Lindbergh registered a pair of shutouts, one in Game 1, and the other in the clinching Game 5, by a 1–0 score.
The Quebec Nordiques and Montreal Canadiens battled in a seven-game series. Bitter rivals from the province of Quebec, the Nords shocked the Habs in 1982, only to see a fourth-place Montreal club upset Quebec the year before. In the deciding Game 7 at the Montreal Forum, Peter Stastny scored the game and series winning goal, giving Quebec an improbable 3–2 overtime win and berth in the Wales Conference Finals.
Defending Cup champion Edmonton was too much for the Winnipeg Jets, sweeping them in four straight games and doubling their goal total.
Although the Flyers held the best record in the NHL with 53 wins and 113 points, the Adams Division held a better record against the Patrick Division, so the Wales finals began in Quebec City. Philly and Quebec split the first four games, then the Flyers edged the Nordiques, 2–1, in Game 5. Game 6 in Philadelphia was a tour-de-force for the Flyers, outshooting Quebec 36–15, and winning 3–0. Flyers captain Dave Poulin's two-man disadvantage shorthanded goal early in the second period was the deciding factor in the contest. The team returned to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1980. Unfortunately, the win came at a high cost, as both 54-goal forward Tim Kerr and defenceman Brad McCrimmon would be lost for the remainder of the playoffs with injuries.
The Oilers steamrolled the Black Hawks in a six-game series which broke all sorts of records for total offense. Edmonton won the first two games at home by 11–2 and 7–3 scores, only to see Chicago strike back at home with 5–2 and 8–6 victories. However, Edmonton rebounded to blast the Hawks in the final two games, 10–5 and 8–2 to earn their third trip to the Cup Finals in as many years. Edmonton set all-time playoff marks with most goals in one series, most goals in a six-game series, and both clubs set records with most total goals in a semifinal series and most total goals in one six-game series.
Edmonton would lose the first game to the Flyers but would then take the next four to win their second straight Stanley Cup.
Edmonton Oilers win series 4–1.
|Prince of Wales Trophy:||Philadelphia Flyers|
|Clarence S. Campbell Bowl:||Edmonton Oilers|
|Art Ross Memorial Trophy:||Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers|
|Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy:||Anders Hedberg, New York Rangers|
|Calder Memorial Trophy:||Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Conn Smythe Trophy:||Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers|
|Frank J. Selke Trophy:||Craig Ramsay, Buffalo Sabres|
|Hart Memorial Trophy:||Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers|
|Jack Adams Award:||Mike Keenan, Philadelphia Flyers|
|James Norris Memorial Trophy:||Paul Coffey, Edmonton Oilers|
|Lady Byng Memorial Trophy:||Jari Kurri, Edmonton Oilers|
|Lester B. Pearson Award:||Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers|
|NHL Plus/Minus Award:||Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers,|
|William M. Jennings Trophy:||Tom Barrasso/Bob Sauve, Buffalo Sabres|
|Vezina Trophy:||Pelle Lindbergh, Philadelphia Flyers|
|Lester Patrick Trophy:||Jack Butterfield, Arthur M. Wirtz|
|First team||Position||Second team|
|Pelle Lindbergh, Philadelphia Flyers||G||Tom Barrasso, Buffalo Sabres|
|Paul Coffey, Edmonton Oilers||D||Rod Langway, Washington Capitals|
|Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins||D||Doug Wilson, Chicago Black Hawks|
|Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers||C||Dale Hawerchuk, Winnipeg Jets|
|Jari Kurri, Edmonton Oilers||RW||Mike Bossy, New York Islanders|
|John Ogrodnick, Detroit Red Wings||LW||John Tonelli, New York Islanders|