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2011–12 NHL season

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The 2011–12 NHL season was the 95th season of operation 94th season of play of the National Hockey League NHL The Los Angeles Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup Final four games to two to win the team's first Stanley Cup in their second Stanley Cup final; they had lost to Montreal Canadiens in the 1993 Finals

During the off-season, the Atlanta Thrashers relocated to Winnipeg, Manitoba, to become the "new" Winnipeg Jets It was the first NHL team relocation since the 1997–98 season, when the Hartford Whalers relocated to become the Carolina Hurricanes The league did not change its divisional structure to accommodate the move, and the Jets took the place of the Thrashers in the Southeast Division In December 2011, the board of governors eventually approved a proposed realignment for the following season, which would result in four conferences with the first two rounds of the playoffs being divisional, but this was rejected by the NHL Player's Association NHLPA

It was the fifth consecutive season with games in Europe at the start of the season The Winter Classic was held on January 2, 2012, in Philadelphia between the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers The 59th All-Star Game was held at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario, the home arena of the Ottawa Senators, on January 29, 2012


  • 1 League business
    • 11 Franchise relocation
    • 12 Salary cap
    • 13 Uniform changes
    • 14 Rule changes
  • 2 Off-season
  • 3 Pre-season
    • 31 European exhibition games
  • 4 Regular season
    • 41 Premiere games
    • 42 Thanksgiving Showdown
    • 43 2012 Winter Classic
    • 44 Standings
  • 5 Attendance
    • 51 Notes
  • 6 Playoffs
    • 61 Bracket
  • 7 NHL awards
    • 71 All-Star teams
  • 8 Player statistics
    • 81 Scoring leaders
    • 82 Leading goaltenders
  • 9 Milestones
    • 91 First games
    • 92 Last games
    • 93 Major milestones reached
  • 10 See also
  • 11 References
  • 12 External links

League businessedit

Franchise relocationedit

Atlanta Spirit, LLC, which previously owned the Atlanta Thrashers, sold the team to True North Sports and Entertainment, who relocated them to the True North-owned MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba1 and renamed the Winnipeg Jets, after a previous NHL team in the market Winnipeg took Atlanta's place in the Southeast Division for 2011–122

Salary capedit

On June 23, 2011, the NHL announced that the salary cap would be increased by $49 million As a result, the new salary cap ceiling was set at $643 million while the salary cap floor was $483 million3

Uniform changesedit

Several teams announced plans to change their uniforms in the 2011–12 season4

The Edmonton Oilers unveiled a new away uniform parallel to their "retro" home uniform used from 1979 to 1996 They retained the navy blue, copper and red uniforms as their alternates

The Nashville Predators unveiled new home and away uniforms on June 22, complete with the updated saber-toothed cat logo Their use of gold as the home colors marked the first time since 1988 that an NHL team wore gold in their home uniforms

The Florida Panthers made minor changes to their home uniform, using red as the primary and relegating navy blue as a trim color

The Los Angeles Kings returned to the silver and black motif they used from 1988 to 1998, by designating their alternate home black and silver uniform as a regular uniform and unveiling a new white away uniform with black and silver trim The purple and black uniform were retained as an alternate uniform

The Ottawa Senators unveiled a new alternate home uniform based on the original Senators barber pole design The uniform does not use the Roman centurion logo, instead using an outlined "O" on stripes The Senators' uniform will also have an All-Star Game patch

The Pittsburgh Penguins promoted their dark blue uniforms, worn during the 2011 NHL Winter Classic, as the home alternates, replacing the 2008 NHL Winter Classic alternates

The Tampa Bay Lightning unveiled new home and road uniforms, featuring the simplified lightning logo Originally the uniforms were simply blue and white, but by popular demand, black was added as a trim color to the uniform numbers, and added the lightning bolt to the pants The "Bolts" alternate home uniform was retained

The Toronto Maple Leafs unveiled a new alternate home uniform based on the Leafs uniforms worn during their run to the 1967 Stanley Cup title, including the 11-point maple leaf logo

The Washington Capitals also promoted their 2011 NHL Winter Classic retro uniforms as their road alternates

The new Winnipeg Jets unveiled uniforms consisting of navy with silver and light blue trim, containing a logo based on the roundel of the Royal Canadian Air Force; these were significantly different from, but in a similar color scheme to, the original Jets uniforms

The New York Islanders unveiled a new black alternate uniform, featuring the team name above the player's number, a similar template the Dallas Stars' uniforms currently use Speaking of the Stars, they officially retired their alternate away jersey featuring the team crest, instead using their regular away jerseys with the city name and number in front for all 41 road games

The New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers wore special commemorative uniforms for the 2012 NHL Winter Classic The Flyers unveiled theirs on November 21, and is in a classic sweater design in orange featuring black numbers and different striping patterns on the yoke The Rangers unveiled theirs on November 28, and features a mix of designs used from previous jerseys The shield logo in front is a variation of the logos used during the 1930s–1940s, while the shoulder, arm and tail striping was taken from the current jersey Both teams would wear their Winter Classic uniforms again on February 5 and 11 at Madison Square Garden and Wells Fargo Center respectively, with the away team wearing the regular uniforms

In addition several teams sported memorial patches throughout the season; many of these memorials were for related events see "Off-Season" section below Unless specified, the patches were seen on the team helmets:

  • Anaheim Ducks – Ruslan Salei 24 memorial on uniforms
  • Calgary Flames – Harley Hotchkiss HH memorial
  • Carolina Hurricanes – Josef Vasicek 63 memorial; worn on uniforms
  • Dallas Stars – Karlis Skrastins 37 memorial
  • Detroit Red Wings – Brad McCrimmon, Ruslan Salei and Stefan Liv BM·RS·SL memorial; worn on uniforms
  • Minnesota Wild – Pavol Demitra 38 and Derek Boogaard 24 memorials
  • Nashville Predators – Wade Belak 3 memorial
  • New York Islanders – 40th anniversary of the franchise; worn on uniforms
  • New York Rangers – Derek Boogaard 94 memorial
  • Vancouver Canucks – Rick Rypien 37 memorial
  • Winnipeg Jets – Rick Rypien RR memorial
  • St Louis Blues – Pavol Demitra and Igor Korolev 38 memorial

Furthermore, a new league-wide rule required that player numbers be displayed on the front of their helmets, as well as on the back

Even though the New Jersey Devils and the Phoenix Coyotes unveiled anniversary logos commemorating their 30th and 15th anniversaries of their respective relocations from Colorado and Winnipeg, they opted not to use them on their uniforms or helmets

Rule changesedit


Prior to the 2011–12 season, the Board of Governors unanimously agreed to update and re-word rule 41 involving boarding penalties The new wording requires the player delivering the check to avoid or minimize contact if the opponent is defenseless5

Illegal hits to the head

The Board of Governors also approved an update to rule 48 involving illegal checks to the head The new rule will penalize all hits where the head is the principal point of contact The previous version of this rule only made checks from the blindside illegal However, determination if the check is legal will depend on various factors including whether or not the player put himself in a vulnerable position or if the hit was unavoidable A two-minute minor penalty, or a major penalty in the event the hit was deemed to be deliberate with intent to injure, may be assessed5


Three young under 40 "enforcer"-type players died within a four-month span during the off-season The deaths of Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and Wade Belak led to speculation about the effect of fighting on the mental health of players

Several former NHL players died in the 2011 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl air disaster involving the Kontinental Hockey League KHL Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team in Russia Those who perished in the plane crash included NHL All-Star Pavol Demitra, Alexander Karpovtsev, Igor Korolev, Brad McCrimmon, Karel Rachunek, Ruslan Salei, Karlis Skrastins and Josef Vasicek


European exhibition gamesedit

See also: List of international games played by NHL teams

The four teams going to Europe to open their regular seasons there as part of the NHL Premiere games also played exhibition games against European teams under the banner of NHL Premiere Challenge to close out their pre-seasons The NHL teams had an overall record of 6–1–0 against the European teams, with the New York Rangers, playing four games in five days in four countries, having a record of 3–1–0

Date City NHL team European team Score
September 29 Prague, Czech Republic New York Rangers HC Sparta Praha 2–0
September 30 Gothenburg, Sweden New York Rangers Frölunda HC 4–2
October 2 Bratislava, Slovakia New York Rangers HC Slovan Bratislava 4–1
October 3 Zug, Switzerland New York Rangers EV Zug 4–8
October 4 Helsinki, Finland Anaheim Ducks Jokerit 4–3 OT
October 4 Hamburg, Germany Los Angeles Kings Hamburg Freezers 5–4
October 4 Mannheim, Germany Buffalo Sabres Adler Mannheim 8–3

Regular seasonedit

Premiere gamesedit

Main article: 2011 NHL Premiere

Four teams participated in the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere in Europe The Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers made their second trip to Europe while the Buffalo Sabres made its first trip On October 7, Anaheim played Buffalo at Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland, and Los Angeles faced New York at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden All four teams played again on October 8 with Los Angeles against Buffalo at the O2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany, and Anaheim against New York in Stockholm6

Thanksgiving Showdownedit

As part of the league's updated television contract, the NHL debuted the Thanksgiving Showdown, a nationally broadcast game on the day after American Thanksgiving in 2011 The game, which was sponsored by Discover, featured the Boston Bruins who have traditionally hosted Black Friday matinées since 1990 hosting the Detroit Red Wings, with Detroit winning the game in a shootout, 3–2

2012 Winter Classicedit

The 2012 NHL Winter Classic was held at the Citizens Bank Park baseball stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Monday, January 2, 2012 This season, the Philadelphia Flyers hosted the New York Rangers It was the first Winter Classic game for the Rangers and the second for the Flyers The result of the game was a 3–2 Ranger victory Philadelphia last played in the 2010 NHL Winter Classic against the Boston Bruins at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts The Bruins won that game in overtime by a score of 2–1 on a goal scored by Marco Sturm7

This was the first time that the Winter Classic was not played on New Year's Day, which fell on a Sunday in 2012 If the Winter Classic was held on New Year's Day, it would have conflicted with the final game of the National Football League season in which the Philadelphia Eagles hosted the Washington Redskins at nearby Lincoln Financial Field, and the annual Mummers Parade in downtown Philadelphia The Flyers–Rangers rivalry is one of the NHL's most frequently televised rivalries on US television networks; it was televised three times nationally on NBC in 2011–12, including the inaugural Hockey Day in America

No Heritage Classic was played this season8


Each of the 30 teams play an 82-game season of an unbalanced schedule Teams play six games against division opponents; four games against other conference opponents; and one or two games against teams of the other conference The first-place teams in each division place first, second and third in the conference standings The top five finishers from the rest of the teams in each conference will also qualify for the playoffs, making a total of eight playoff teams in each conference

Eastern Conference
Pos Div Team
  • v
  • e
1 AT z – New York Rangers 82 51 24 7 47 226 187 +39 109
2 NE y – Boston Bruins 82 49 29 4 40 269 202 +67 102
3 SE y – Florida Panthers 82 38 26 18 32 203 227 −24 94
4 AT x – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 51 25 6 42 282 221 +61 108
5 AT x – Philadelphia Flyers 82 47 26 9 43 264 232 +32 103
6 AT x – New Jersey Devils 82 48 28 6 36 228 209 +19 102
7 SE x – Washington Capitals 82 42 32 8 38 222 230 −8 92
8 NE x – Ottawa Senators 82 41 31 10 35 249 240 +9 92
9 NE Buffalo Sabres 82 39 32 11 32 218 230 −12 89
10 SE Tampa Bay Lightning 82 38 36 8 35 235 281 −46 84
11 SE Winnipeg Jets 82 37 35 10 33 225 246 −21 84
12 SE Carolina Hurricanes 82 33 33 16 32 213 243 −30 82
13 NE Toronto Maple Leafs 82 35 37 10 31 231 264 −33 80
14 AT New York Islanders 82 34 37 11 27 203 255 −52 79
15 NE Montreal Canadiens 82 31 35 16 26 212 226 −14 78
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division; z – Clinched conference

Western Conference9
1 p – Vancouver Canucks NW 82 51 22 9 43 249 198 111
2 y – St Louis Blues CE 82 49 22 11 45 210 165 109
3 y – Phoenix Coyotes PA 82 42 27 13 36 216 204 97
4 Nashville Predators CE 82 48 26 8 43 237 210 104
5 Detroit Red Wings CE 82 48 28 6 39 248 203 102
6 Chicago Blackhawks CE 82 45 26 11 38 248 238 101
7 San Jose Sharks PA 82 43 29 10 34 228 210 96
8 Los Angeles Kings PA 82 40 27 15 34 194 179 95
9 Calgary Flames NW 82 37 29 16 34 202 226 90
10 Dallas Stars PA 82 42 35 5 35 211 222 89
11 Colorado Avalanche NW 82 41 35 6 32 208 220 88
12 Minnesota Wild NW 82 35 36 11 24 177 226 81
13 Anaheim Ducks PA 82 34 36 12 31 204 231 80
14 Edmonton Oilers NW 82 32 40 10 27 212 239 74
15 Columbus Blue Jackets CE 82 29 46 7 25 202 262 65

Divisions: CE – Central, NW – Northwest, PA – Pacific

bold - qualified for playoffs, y – Won division, p – Won Presidents' Trophy best record in NHL


Scotiabank Place United Center Pepsi Center Verizon Center
Team Arena Home Games Average Attendance Total Attendance Capacity Percentage
Chicago Blackhawks United Center 41 21,533 882,874 1092% 10
Montreal Canadiens Bell Centre 41 21,273 872,193 1000%
Philadelphia Flyers Wells Fargo Center 40 19,770 790,787 1012%
Detroit Red Wings Joe Louis Arena 41 20,066 822,706 1000%
Toronto Maple Leafs Air Canada Centre 41 19,505 799,686 1036%
Ottawa Senators Scotiabank Place 41 19,357 793,612 1011%
Calgary Flames Scotiabank Saddledome 41 19,289 790,849 1000%
Vancouver Canucks Rogers Arena 41 18,884 774,250 1001%
St Louis Blues Scottrade Center 41 18,810 771,207 982%
Buffalo Sabres First Niagara Center 40 18,680 747,209 999%
Pittsburgh Penguins Consol Energy Center 41 18,569 761,224 1010%
Washington Capitals Verizon Center 41 18,506 758,746 1000%
Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Times Forum 41 18,468 757,192 962%
New York Rangers Madison Square Garden 41 18,191 745,852 999%
Los Angeles Kings Staples Center 39 18,109 706,236 999%
Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center 41 17,772 728,683 984%
Boston Bruins TD Garden 41 17,565 720,165 1000%
San Jose Sharks HP Pavilion at San Jose 41 17,562 720,042 1000%
Edmonton Oilers Rexall Place 41 16,839 690,399 1000%
Nashville Predators Bridgestone Arena 41 16,691 684,324 975%
Florida Panthers BankAtlantic Center 41 16,628 681,763 864%
Carolina Hurricanes PNC Arena 41 16,043 657,747 859%
Colorado Avalanche Pepsi Center 41 15,499 635,440 861%
New Jersey Devils Prudential Center 41 15,397 631,258 874%
Winnipeg Jets MTS Centre 41 15,004 615,164 1000%
Anaheim Ducks Honda Center 40 14,784 591,371 861%
Columbus Blue Jackets Nationwide Arena 41 14,660 601,061 801%
Dallas Stars American Airlines Center 41 14,227 583,306 768%
New York Islanders Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 41 13,191 540,838 813%
Phoenix Coyotes Jobingcom Arena 41 12,421 509,241 723%


  • Totals do not include four regular-season opening games played in Europe, and one outdoor regular season game
  • The Buffalo Sabres played one home game against the Anaheim Ducks at Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland
  • The Anaheim Ducks played one home game against the New York Rangers at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden
  • The Los Angeles Kings played two home games, one against the New York Rangers at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden, and one against the Buffalo Sabres at O2 World in Berlin, Germany
  • The Philadelphia Flyers played the New York Rangers outdoors in the Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


The Kings' 2012 Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Los Angeles Main article: 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs

The 2012 playoffs started on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, and ended with the sixth game of the Stanley Cup Final in June 11, 2012, in which the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils 6–1 to win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history The Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks, the Stanley Cup finalists from 2011, were eliminated in the first round, ensuring a new champion in 2012 In the East, three of the four series went to seven games in the opening round, and two of those went to overtime to decide their series The series between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh set new playoff scoring records, while the Boston-Washington series had only a single goal differential In the West, none of the first-round winners had won the Stanley Cup, and the Phoenix Coyotes won their first playoff series since moving to Phoenix from Winnipeg All West series were decided in six games or less, and five of the six games in the Chicago-Phoenix series went to overtime This will mark only 1 Canadian team; Ottawa Senators


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 Final series, home ice is determined based on regular season points Each best-of-seven series follows a 2–2–1–1–1 format: the higher-seeded team plays at home for games one and two plus five and seven if necessary, and the lower-seeded team is at home for games three and four and if necessary, game six

  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
1 NY Rangers 4     1 NY Rangers 4  
8 Ottawa 3     7 Washington 3  

2 Boston 3 Eastern Conference
7 Washington 4  
    1 NY Rangers 2  
  6 New Jersey 4  
3 Florida 3  
6 New Jersey 4  
4 Pittsburgh 2   5 Philadelphia 1
5 Philadelphia 4     6 New Jersey 4  

  E6 New Jersey 2
Pairings are re-seeded after the first round
  W8 Los Angeles 4
1 Vancouver 1     2 St Louis 0
8 Los Angeles 4     8 Los Angeles 4  
2 St Louis 4
7 San Jose 1  
  8 Los Angeles 4
  3 Phoenix 1  
3 Phoenix 4  
6 Chicago 2   Western Conference
4 Nashville 4   3 Phoenix 4
5 Detroit 1     4 Nashville 1  
  • 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

NHL awardsedit

See also: List of 2011–12 NHL Three Star Awards

Awards are presented at the NHL Awards ceremony, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, on June 20, 2012 Finalists for voted awards are announced during the playoffs and winners are presented at the award ceremony Voting concluded immediately after the end of the regular season The Presidents' Trophy, the Prince of Wales Trophy and Clarence S Campbell Bowl are not presented at the awards ceremony The Lester Patrick Trophy is announced during the summer and presented in the fall

2011–12 NHL awards
Award Recipients Finalists
Stanley Cup Los Angeles Kings New Jersey Devils
Presidents' Trophy
Best regular-season record
Vancouver Canucks New York Rangers, St Louis Blues
Prince of Wales Trophy
Eastern Conference champion
New Jersey Devils New York Rangers
Clarence S Campbell Bowl
Western Conference champion
Los Angeles Kings Phoenix Coyotes
Art Ross Trophy
Top scorer
Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
Perseverance, Sportsmanship, and Dedication
Max Pacioretty Montreal Canadiens Daniel Alfredsson Ottawa Senators
Joffrey Lupul Toronto Maple Leafs
Max Pacioretty Montreal Canadiens
Calder Memorial Trophy
Best first-year player
Gabriel Landeskog Colorado Avalanche Adam Henrique New Jersey Devils
Gabriel Landeskog Colorado Avalanche
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Edmonton Oilers
Conn Smythe Trophy
Most valuable player, playoffs
Jonathan Quick Los Angeles Kings
Frank J Selke Trophy
Defensive forward
Patrice Bergeron Boston Bruins David Backes St Louis Blues
Patrice Bergeron Boston Bruins
Pavel Datsyuk Detroit Red Wings
Hart Memorial Trophy
Most valuable player, regular season
Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins Henrik Lundqvist New York Rangers
Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins
Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning
Jack Adams Award
Best coach
Ken Hitchcock St Louis Blues Ken Hitchcock St Louis Blues
Paul MacLean Ottawa Senators
John Tortorella New York Rangers
James Norris Memorial Trophy
Best defenseman
Erik Karlsson Ottawa Senators Zdeno Chara Boston Bruins
Erik Karlsson Ottawa Senators
Shea Weber Nashville Predators
King Clancy Memorial Trophy
Leadership and humanitarian contribution
Daniel Alfredsson Ottawa Senators
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
Sportsmanship and excellence
Brian Campbell Florida Panthers Brian Campbell Florida Panthers
Jordan Eberle Edmonton Oilers
Matt Moulson New York Islanders
Ted Lindsay Award
Outstanding player
Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins Henrik Lundqvist New York Rangers
Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins
Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning
Mark Messier Leadership Award
Leadership and community activities
Shane Doan Phoenix Coyotes Dustin Brown Los Angeles Kings
Ryan Callahan New York Rangers
Shane Doan Phoenix Coyotes
Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy
Top goal-scorer
Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL Foundation Player Award
Award for community enrichment
Mike Fisher Nashville Predators Mike Fisher Nashville Predators
John-Michael Liles Toronto Maple Leafs
Matt Moulson New York Islanders
NHL General Manager of the Year Award
Top general manager
Doug Armstrong St Louis Blues Doug Armstrong St Louis Blues
David Poile Nashville Predators
Dale Tallon Florida Panthers
Vezina Trophy
Best goaltender
Henrik Lundqvist New York Rangers Henrik Lundqvist New York Rangers
Jonathan Quick Los Angeles Kings
Pekka Rinne Nashville Predators
William M Jennings Trophy
Goaltenders of team with fewest goals against
Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak St Louis Blues
Lester Patrick Trophy
Service to ice hockey in US
Dick Patrick and Bob Chase-Wallenstein

All-Star teamsedit

  Position   First Team Second Team Position All-Rookie
G Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings G Jhonas Enroth, Buffalo Sabres
D Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins D Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes
D Shea Weber, Nashville Predators Alex Pietrangelo, St Louis Blues D Jake Gardiner, Toronto Maple Leafs
C Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning F Adam Henrique, New Jersey Devils
RW James Neal, Pittsburgh Penguins Marian Gaborik, New York Rangers F Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche
LW Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils Ray Whitney, Phoenix Coyotes F Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers

Source: NHL1112

Player statisticsedit

Scoring leadersedit

The following players lead the league in points at the conclusion of the regular season13

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Malkin, EvgeniEvgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins 75 50 59 109 +18 70
Stamkos, StevenSteven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning 82 60 37 97 +7 66
Giroux, ClaudeClaude Giroux Philadelphia Flyers 77 28 65 93 +6 29
Spezza, JasonJason Spezza Ottawa Senators 80 34 50 84 +11 36
Kovalchuk, IlyaIlya Kovalchuk New Jersey Devils 77 37 46 83 −9 33
Kessel, PhilPhil Kessel Toronto Maple Leafs 82 37 45 82 −10 20
Neal, JamesJames Neal Pittsburgh Penguins 80 40 41 81 +6 87
Tavares, JohnJohn Tavares New York Islanders 82 31 50 81 −6 26
Sedin, HenrikHenrik Sedin Vancouver Canucks 82 14 67 81 +23 52
Elias, PatrikPatrik Elias New Jersey Devils 81 26 52 78 −8 16

Leading goaltendersedit

The following goaltenders led the league in goals against average at the end of the regular season while playing at least 1,800 minutes14

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/shootout losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Player Team GP Min W L OT GA SO SV% GAA
Elliott, BrianBrian Elliott St Louis Blues 38 2234:35 23 10 4 58 9 940 156
Quick, JonathanJonathan Quick Los Angeles Kings 69 4099:26 35 21 13 133 10 929 195
Schneider, CoryCory Schneider Vancouver Canucks 33 1832:50 20 8 1 60 3 937 196
Lundqvist, HenrikHenrik Lundqvist New York Rangers 62 3753:30 39 18 5 123 8 930 197
Halak, JaroslavJaroslav Halak St Louis Blues 46 2746:37 26 12 7 90 6 926 197
Howard, JimmyJimmy Howard Detroit Red Wings 57 3360:17 35 17 4 119 6 920 213
Smith, MikeMike Smith Phoenix Coyotes 67 3903:12 38 18 10 144 8 930 221
Giguere, Jean-SebastienJean-Sebastien Giguere Colorado Avalanche 32 1819:34 15 11 3 69 2 919 227
Lehtonen, KariKari Lehtonen Dallas Stars 59 3496:49 32 22 4 136 4 922 233
Kiprusoff, MiikkaMiikka Kiprusoff Calgary Flames 70 4128:00 35 22 11 162 4 921 235


First gamesedit

The following is a list of notable players who played their first NHL game in 2011–12, listed with their first team:

Player Team Notability
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Edmonton Oilers First overall pick in the 2011 Draft
Gabriel Landeskog Colorado Avalanche 2012 Calder Memorial Trophy winner
Chris Kreider New York Rangers Most Points in the playoffs by a player who never played an NHL Regular Season game

Last gamesedit

The following is a list of players of note who played their last NHL game in 2011–12, listed with their team:

Player Team Notability
Jason Arnott15 St Louis Blues Over 1,200 games played, 1994 NHL All-Rookie Team, two-time NHL All-Star, former Nashville Predators captain, Stanley Cup champion in 2000 with the New Jersey Devils
Jason Blake16 Anaheim Ducks Bill Masterton Trophy winner
Andrew Brunette17 Chicago Blackhawks Former Minnesota Wild captain, over 1,000 games played
Mike Commodore18 Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup champion with the Carolina Hurricanes
Mark Eaton19 New York Islanders Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins
Tomas Holmstrom20 Detroit Red Wings 4-time Stanley Cup champion with the Red Wings, Olympic gold medalist, over 1000 games played
Pavel Kubina21 Philadelphia Flyers Olympic bronze medalist, 2004 Stanley Cup Champion
Daymond Langkow22 Phoenix Coyotes Over 1000 games played
Brett Lebda23 Columbus Blue Jackets 1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Detroit Red Wings
Nicklas Lidstrom24 Detroit Red Wings Seven-time Norris Trophy winner, four-time Stanley Cup champion, most games played with only one team
Andreas Lilja25 Philadelphia Flyers 1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Detroit Red Wings
Ethan Moreau26 Los Angeles Kings Former Edmonton Oilers captain, 2009 King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner
John Madden27 Florida Panthers Three-time Stanley Cup champion, 2001 Selke Trophy winner
Sean O'Donnell28 Chicago Blackhawks First-ever captain of the Minnesota Wild, 2007 Stanley Cup champion with the Anaheim Ducks, over 1,200 games played
Samuel Pahlsson29 Vancouver Canucks Stanley Cup champion with the Anaheim Ducks; Olympic gold medalist
Chris Pronger30 Philadelphia Flyers Stanley Cup champion with the Anaheim Ducks, first defenceman to win Hart Trophy since 1972, two-time Olympic champion, Triple Gold Club member, over 1,100 games played
Andrew Raycroft31 Dallas Stars Calder Memorial Trophy winner
Dwayne Roloson32 Tampa Bay Lightning Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award winner, last active NHL player to have been born in the 1960s
Brian Rolston33 Boston Bruins Over 1,250 games played, member of both the 1996 World Cup of Hockey-winning and 2002 Olympic silver medal-winning United States men's national ice hockey teams, Stanley Cup champion in 1995 with the New Jersey Devils
Ryan Shannon34 Tampa Bay Lightning 1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Anaheim Ducks
Jaroslav Spacek35 Carolina Hurricanes Olympic gold and bronze medalist
Steve Staios36 New York Islanders Former Atlanta Thrashers captain, over 1,000 games played
Petr Sykora37 New Jersey Devils 2-time Stanley Cup champion with the Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins, over 1000 games played
Marty Turco38 Boston Bruins 2-time Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award winner, NHL Foundation Player Award winner, 2-time NHL All-Star
Colin White39 San Jose Sharks 2-time Stanley Cup champion with the New Jersey Devils

Major milestones reachededit

  • On October 6, 2011, Philadelphia Flyers forward Jaromir Jagr recorded his 1,600th NHL point He became the ninth player in league history to reach this milestone
  • On October 20, 2011, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill participated in his 1,000th NHL game
  • On October 21, 2011, San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton participated in his 1,000th NHL game
  • On October 22, 2011, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom participated in his 1,500th NHL game He became the first European born and 14th overall player to play 1,500 NHL games
  • On November 12, 2011, Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz and Los Angeles Kings coach Terry Murray both coached their 1,000th NHL games in separate contests They became the 20th and 21st coaches in league history to reach this milestone
  • On November 16, 2011, New Jersey Devils forward Dainius Zubrus participated in his 1,000th NHL game
  • On November 25, 2011, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Vaclav Prospal participated in his 1,000th NHL game
  • On December 8, 2011, Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa recorded his 400th career goal
  • On December 18, 2011, Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville won his 600th game as an NHL coach He became the tenth coach in league history to reach this milestone He became the second fastest coach in league history to reach the milestone in 1,113 games Scotty Bowman, currently a Blackhawks senior advisor, did it in 1,002 games
  • On December 20, 2011, Washington Capitals forward Mike Knuble participated in his 1,000th NHL game
  • On December 26, 2011, Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward was credited with scoring a goal He is the tenth goaltender to achieve this in league history
  • On December 30, 2011, Ottawa Senators forward Daniel Alfredsson recorded his 400th career goal
  • On January 1, 2012, Calgary Flames forward Olli Jokinen participated in his 1,000th NHL game
  • On January 6, 2012, New Jersey Devils forward Patrik Elias participated in his 1,000th NHL game
  • On January 7, 2012, Calgary Flames forward Jarome Iginla recorded his 500th career goal He became the 42nd player in league history to reach this milestone
  • On January 10, 2012, Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cullen participated in his 1,000th NHL game
  • On January 14, 2012, New York Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov recorded his 300th career win He became the 26th goaltender in league history to reach this milestone
  • On February 2, 2012, Edmonton Oilers forward Sam Gagner registered eight points four goals and four assists in one game He became the 13th player in league history to achieve this
  • On February 8, 2012, Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff recorded his 300th career win He became the 27th goaltender in league history to reach this milestone
  • On February 9, 2012, Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips participated in his 1,000th NHL game
  • On February 10, 2012, Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom participated in his 1,000th NHL game
  • On February 14, 2012, the Detroit Red Wings set a new NHL record for consecutive home wins at 21 straight with a 3–1 win over the Dallas Stars The previous record of 20 consecutive wins was originally set by the Boston Bruins in 1929–30 and tied by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1975–76 The new record is 23 consecutive home wins
  • On February 27, 2012, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist recorded his 30th win of the season, making him the only goaltender in NHL history to record seven consecutive 30-win seasons to begin his career
  • On March 4, 2012, New Jersey Devils forward Petr Sykora participated in his 1,000th NHL game
  • On March 11, 2012, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin scored his 500th career point
  • On March 12, 2012, Anaheim Ducks forward Saku Koivu participated in his 1,000th NHL game
  • On March 20, 2012, New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk recorded his 400th career goal
  • On March 24, 2012, Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara participated in his 1,000th NHL game
  • On March 25, 2012, Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris participated in his 1,000th NHL game
  • On March 30, 2012, Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz won his 500th game as an NHL coach He became the 17th coach in league history to reach this milestone
  • On March 31, 2012, Phoenix Coyotes forward Ray Whitney recorded his 1,000th NHL point He became the 79th player in league history to reach this milestone
  • On April 5, 2012, New York Islanders defenseman Steve Staios participated in his 1,000th NHL game
  • On April 7, 2012, Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos scored his 60th goal of the season He became the second player in the last 15 years to reach this milestone
  • On April 7, 2012, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin scored his 50th goal of the season
  • On June 11, 2012, the Los Angeles Kings won their first Stanley Cup in franchise history, becoming the first eighth seed to win the Cup

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  2. ^ "Gary Bettman expects realignment in '12" ESPN Associated Press June 1, 2011 Retrieved June 18, 2011 
  3. ^ "Salary cap set for 2011–12" NHLcom 
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  11. ^ "NHL announces 2011-12 All-Star teams" Press release NHL June 20, 2012 Retrieved June 23, 2012 
  12. ^ "NHL announces 2011-12 All-Rookie squad" Press release NHL June 20, 2012 Retrieved June 23, 2012 
  13. ^ "Player Stats: 2011–2012 Regular season: All Skaters – Total Points" National Hockey League 
  14. ^ "Player Stats: 2011–2012 Regular season: Goalie – Goals Against Average leaders" National Hockey League 
  15. ^ http://wwwnhlcom/ice/newshtmid=690060
  16. ^ Ducks parting ways with Blake, Hagman
  17. ^ "Brunette named Hockey Operations Advisor" Minnesota Wild 2013-02-13 
  18. ^ Former NHL player Mike Commodore to climb Mt Kilimanjaro for military charity
  19. ^ Hawks hire another new player development coach, long-time Tortorella ally
  20. ^ "Wings' four-time Cup champion Holmstrom retires" January 22, 2013 
  22. ^ Langkow to retire
  23. ^ Top 15 NHLers You Wouldn’t Expect To Be Geniuses
  24. ^ "Lidstrom: It catches up to everyone" May 31, 2012 
  25. ^ http://wwwlhib123fr/playerphpteam=19&Player=Andreas%20Lilja%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20Retired
  26. ^ "Canadiens add Dufrense, Riendeau and Moreau to staff" rdsca 2012-06-20 Retrieved 2012-06-20 
  27. ^ https://sportsyahoocom/news/panthers-center-john-madden-join-canadiens-scout-fan-141500483--nhlhtml
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  31. ^ "Raycroft tackar för sig" Raycroft bows out in Swedish umeatidningse 2014-04-09 Archived from the original on April 12, 2014 Retrieved 2014-04-09 
  32. ^ http://sportsillustratedcnncom/nhl/news/20130610/dwayne-roloson-anaheim-ducks-goaltending-consultantap/
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  34. ^ Berestecki, Laura 2017-02-16 "Ryan Shannon BC Hockey Class of 2005 Announces Retirement" BC Interruption Retrieved 2017-02-17 
  35. ^ "Spacek wanted at Philadelphia, What did he say Ends career" in Czech isportcz 2012-11-19 Retrieved 2012-11-19 
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  37. ^ http://wwwsicom/nhl/home-ice/2014/03/17/petr-sykora-retires-devils-penguins
  38. ^ https://mobiletwittercom/brandonworley/status/291050577809510400
  39. ^ Stanley Cup champ Colin White surprises bantam team at practice

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