1985–86 Detroit Red Wings season

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1985–86 Detroit Red Wings
Division 5th Norris
1985–86 record 17–57–6
Goals for 266
Goals against 415
Team information
General Manager Jim Devellano
Coach Harry Neale,
Brad Park
Captain Danny Gare
Alternate captains Mike O'Connell
Team leaders
<1984–85 1986–87>

The 1985–86 season is the team's 60th season, their 54th season as the Red Wings.[1] This is the first of two seasons in which Red Wings games would air in the Detroit area on then-independent WXON-TV (now MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYD) channel 20[2][3] before returning to WKBD channel 50 (then a Fox station, now with The CW) for the 1987–88 season after the two year break. It is also the first of 11 seasons with current NBC sportscaster Dave Strader as the Red Wings' television play-by-play announcer, joining him as color commentator and analyst is former Red Wings right wing man Mickey Redmond. It is unknown at this time if this is Redmond's first season as analyst, but when the games moved to WKBD in 1987, they went along with them. Also, the Red Wings played their first game with Hall of Famer Brad Park as their head coach on December 31, 1985. This was Park's only season as a head coach in the NHL, replacing current Buffalo Sabres radio and television color analyst Harry Neale, who was fired after 35 games. Park had retired as a player during the previous season. The Red Wings finished dead last in the Norris Division, the Clarence Campbell Conference, and in the entire National Hockey League with a record of 17 wins, 57 losses and 6 ties, failing to make the playoffs with only 40 points. It is the worst record in franchise history;[4][5][6] the Red Wings finished the season with the least goals scored of all NHL teams, the most goals against, and the most penalty minutes. Since this time, the Red Wings would miss the playoffs only one more time, that was the 1989–90 season.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Chicago Black Hawks 80 39 33 8 351 349 86
Minnesota North Stars 80 38 33 9 327 305 85
St. Louis Blues 80 37 34 9 302 291 83
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 25 48 7 311 386 57
Detroit Red Wings 80 17 57 6 266 415 40

[7]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 results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 T October 10, 1985 6–6 OT Minnesota North Stars (1985–86) 0–0–1
2 L October 12, 1985 2–9 Boston Bruins (1985–86) 0–1–1
3 L October 14, 1985 1–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1985–86) 0–2–1
4 L October 16, 1985 3–4 Winnipeg Jets (1985–86) 0–3–1
5 L October 17, 1985 1–10 @ Minnesota North Stars (1985–86) 0–4–1
6 L October 19, 1985 2–6 Chicago Black Hawks (1985–86) 0–5–1
7 L October 23, 1985 0–5 Vancouver Canucks (1985–86) 0–6–1
8 L October 26, 1985 4–7 @ Calgary Flames (1985–86) 0–7–1
9 L October 27, 1985 3–5 @ Winnipeg Jets (1985–86) 0–8–1
10 W October 30, 1985 6–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1985–86) 1–8–1
11 T October 31, 1985 2–2 OT @ New Jersey Devils (1985–86) 1–8–2
12 T November 2, 1985 5–5 OT @ St. Louis Blues (1985–86) 1–8–3
13 W November 6, 1985 4–2 St. Louis Blues (1985–86) 2–8–3
14 T November 8, 1985 3–3 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1985–86) 2–8–4
15 L November 11, 1985 0–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1985–86) 2–9–4
16 W November 13, 1985 7–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1985–86) 3–9–4
17 W November 16, 1985 4–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1985–86) 4–9–4
18 L November 19, 1985 5–7 Vancouver Canucks (1985–86) 4–10–4
19 L November 21, 1985 4–5 OT Los Angeles Kings (1985–86) 4–11–4
20 L November 23, 1985 3–9 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1985–86) 4–12–4
21 W November 27, 1985 4–1 Buffalo Sabres (1985–86) 5–12–4
22 W November 29, 1985 5–3 St. Louis Blues (1985–86) 6–12–4
23 L November 30, 1985 1–10 @ Montreal Canadiens (1985–86) 6–13–4
24 W December 3, 1985 4–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1985–86) 7–13–4
25 L December 4, 1985 2–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1985–86) 7–14–4
26 L December 7, 1985 4–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1985–86) 7–15–4
27 L December 11, 1985 2–10 Minnesota North Stars (1985–86) 7–16–4
28 L December 14, 1985 4–6 Philadelphia Flyers (1985–86) 7–17–4
29 L December 15, 1985 4–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1985–86) 7–18–4
30 L December 17, 1985 3–6 @ Minnesota North Stars (1985–86) 7–19–4
31 L December 21, 1985 3–6 Chicago Black Hawks (1985–86) 7–20–4
32 L December 23, 1985 2–10 @ New York Rangers (1985–86) 7–21–4
33 L December 26, 1985 4–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1985–86) 7–22–4
34 W December 28, 1985 5–4 @ Quebec Nordiques (1985–86) 8–22–4
35 L December 29, 1985 2–5 @ Hartford Whalers (1985–86) 8–23–4
36 L December 31, 1985 4–5 OT New York Islanders (1985–86) 8–24–4
37 T January 2, 1986 2–2 OT Buffalo Sabres (1985–86) 8–24–5
38 L January 4, 1986 2–7 Quebec Nordiques (1985–86) 8–25–5
39 W January 5, 1986 6–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1985–86) 9–25–5
40 L January 7, 1986 3–4 @ Washington Capitals (1985–86) 9–26–5
41 L January 10, 1986 4–9 Chicago Black Hawks (1985–86) 9–27–5
42 L January 11, 1986 2–8 @ New York Islanders (1985–86) 9–28–5
43 L January 13, 1986 4–7 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1985–86) 9–29–5
44 L January 15, 1986 3–4 OT New Jersey Devils (1985–86) 9–30–5
45 L January 18, 1986 4–7 Calgary Flames (1985–86) 9–31–5
46 L January 19, 1986 4–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1985–86) 9–32–5
47 W January 22, 1986 6–5 OT Boston Bruins (1985–86) 10–32–5
48 L January 23, 1986 2–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1985–86) 10–33–5
49 L January 25, 1986 3–6 @ Boston Bruins (1985–86) 10–34–5
50 W January 28, 1986 7–0 Washington Capitals (1985–86) 11–34–5
51 L January 31, 1986 4–6 St. Louis Blues (1985–86) 11–35–5
52 L February 1, 1986 3–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1985–86) 11–36–5
53 W February 6, 1986 4–3 OT Hartford Whalers (1985–86) 12–36–5
54 L February 8, 1986 3–5 Montreal Canadiens (1985–86) 12–37–5
55 L February 11, 1986 2–3 Edmonton Oilers (1985–86) 12–38–5
56 L February 14, 1986 5–7 New York Rangers (1985–86) 12–39–5
57 L February 16, 1986 1–3 @ New York Rangers (1985–86) 12–40–5
58 L February 18, 1986 0–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1985–86) 12–41–5
59 L February 21, 1986 3–7 Pittsburgh Penguins (1985–86) 12–42–5
60 L February 22, 1986 2–5 @ New York Islanders (1985–86) 12–43–5
61 L February 25, 1986 3–4 OT @ Washington Capitals (1985–86) 12–44–5
62 L February 28, 1986 3–7 Toronto Maple Leafs (1985–86) 12–45–5
63 W March 1, 1986 6–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1985–86) 13–45–5
64 L March 3, 1986 5–8 Minnesota North Stars (1985–86) 13–46–5
65 W March 5, 1986 8–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1985–86) 14–46–5
66 L March 6, 1986 2–7 @ New Jersey Devils (1985–86) 14–47–5
67 T March 9, 1986 3–3 OT Calgary Flames (1985–86) 14–47–6
68 W March 12, 1986 3–0 @ Los Angeles Kings (1985–86) 15–47–6
69 L March 14, 1986 3–12 @ Edmonton Oilers (1985–86) 15–48–6
70 L March 16, 1986 0–6 @ Winnipeg Jets (1985–86) 15–49–6
71 L March 18, 1986 4–6 Hartford Whalers (1985–86) 15–50–6
72 L March 20, 1986 2–3 OT St. Louis Blues (1985–86) 15–51–6
73 W March 22, 1986 8–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1985–86) 16–51–6
74 L March 25, 1986 2–7 Edmonton Oilers (1985–86) 16–52–6
75 L March 26, 1986 3–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1985–86) 16–53–6
76 L March 29, 1986 4–5 Minnesota North Stars (1985–86) 16–54–6
77 L April 1, 1986 0–4 @ Quebec Nordiques (1985–86) 16–55–6
78 L April 2, 1986 3–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1985–86) 16–56–6
79 L April 5, 1986 3–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1985–86) 16–57–6
80 W April 6, 1986 4–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1985–86) 17–57–6

Playoffs[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/− PPG SHG GWG
Ogrodnick, JohnJohn Ogrodnick LW 76 38 32 70 18 −30 15 1 2
Kisio, KellyKelly Kisio C 76 21 48 69 85 −21 7 3 0
Larson, ReedReed Larson D 67 19 41 60 109 −36 11 0 0
Klima, PetrPetr Klima W 74 32 24 56 16 −39 8 0 4
Duguay, RonRon Duguay C/RW 67 19 29 48 26 −30 8 0 2
Young, WarrenWarren Young C 79 22 24 46 161 −34 9 0 1
Yzerman, SteveSteve Yzerman C 51 14 28 42 16 −24 3 0 3
Gallant, GerardGerard Gallant LW 52 20 19 39 106 −10 3 1 2
Smith, GregGreg Smith D 62 5 19 24 84 −14 0 0 0
Loiselle, ClaudeClaude Loiselle C 48 7 15 22 142 −27 2 0 1
Cichocki, ChrisChris Cichocki RW 59 10 11 21 21 −8 1 1 0
Probert, BobBob Probert LW 44 8 13 21 186 −14 3 0 0
Oates, AdamAdam Oates C 38 9 11 20 10 −24 1 0 1
Foster, DwightDwight Foster RW 55 6 12 18 48 −13 1 1 0
Ladouceur, RandyRandy Ladouceur D 78 5 13 18 196 −54 0 0 1
Gare, DannyDanny Gare RW 57 7 9 16 102 −19 1 0 0
Kocur, JoeJoe Kocur RW 59 9 6 15 377 −24 2 0 0
Barrett, JohnJohn Barrett D 65 2 12 14 125 −29 0 0 0
Leavins, JimJim Leavins D 37 2 11 13 26 −23 1 0 0
McEwen, MikeMike McEwen D 29 0 10 10 16 −8 0 0 0
O'Connell, MikeMike O'Connell D 13 1 7 8 16 −6 0 1 0
Carroll, BillyBilly Carroll C 21 2 4 6 11 −8 0 0 0
Snepsts, HaroldHarold Snepsts D 35 0 6 6 75 −7 0 0 0
Lambert, LaneLane Lambert RW 34 2 3 5 130 −11 0 0 0
Shedden, DougDoug Shedden C 11 2 3 5 2 −1 2 0 0
Veitch, DarrenDarren Veitch D 13 0 5 5 2 −9 0 0 0
Richmond, SteveSteve Richmond D 29 1 2 3 82 −18 0 0 0
Friday, TimTim Friday D 23 0 3 3 6 −9 0 0 0
Speers, TedTed Speers RW 4 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 0
Merkosky, GlennGlenn Merkosky C 17 0 2 2 0 −12 0 0 0
Stefan, GregGreg Stefan G 37 0 2 2 23 0 0 0 0
Burr, ShawnShawn Burr LW/C 5 1 0 1 4 1 1 0 0
Johnstone, EddieEddie Johnstone RW 3 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0
Eakin, BruceBruce Eakin C 4 0 1 1 0 −4 0 0 0
Mio, EddieEddie Mio G 18 0 1 1 17 0 0 0 0
Staszak, RayRay Staszak RW 4 0 1 1 7 −3 0 0 0
Zombo, RickRick Zombo D 14 0 1 1 16 −10 0 0 0
Houda, DougDoug Houda D 6 0 0 0 4 −7 0 0 0
LaForest, MarkMark LaForest G 28 0 0 0 23 0 0 0 0
McRae, BasilBasil McRae LW 4 0 0 0 5 −4 0 0 0
Melrose, BarryBarry Melrose D 14 0 0 0 70 −6 0 0 0
Micalef, CorradoCorrado Micalef G 11 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0
Pusey, ChrisChris Pusey G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Stefan, GregGreg Stefan 2068 37 10 20 5 155 4.50 1 1080 925 .856
LaForest, MarkMark LaForest 1383 28 4 21 0 114 4.95 1 742 628 .846
Mio, EddieEddie Mio 788 18 2 7 0 83 6.32 0 453 370 .817
Micalef, CorradoCorrado Micalef 565 11 1 9 1 52 5.52 0 342 290 .848
Pusey, ChrisChris Pusey 40 1 0 0 0 3 4.50 0 12 9 .750
Team: 4844 80 17 57 6 407 5.04 2 2629 2222 .845

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Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus-minus PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals;
      MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA=Shots Against; SV=Shots saved; SV% = Save Percentage;

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]