2002–03 Detroit Red Wings season

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2002–03 Detroit Red Wings
Central Division Champions
Division 1st Central
Conference 2nd Western
2002–03 record 48–20–10–4
Home record 28–6–5–2
Road record 20–14–5–2
Goals for 269
Goals against 203
Team information
General Manager Ken Holland
Coach Dave Lewis
Captain Steve Yzerman
Alternate captains Nicklas Lidstrom
Brendan Shanahan
Arena Joe Louis Arena
Average attendance 20,058 (100%)
Team leaders
Goals Brett Hull (37)
Assists Sergei Fedorov (47)
Points Sergei Fedorov (83)
Penalties in minutes Darren McCarty (138)
Plus/minus Nicklas Lidstrom (40)
Wins Curtis Joseph (34)
Goals against average Manny Legace (2.18)
<2001–02 2003–04>

The 2002–03 Detroit Red Wings season was the 77th National Hockey League season in Detroit, Michigan. The Wings scored 110 points, winning the Central Division, but just one point behind the Dallas Stars for the Western Conference's first seed.

Coming off their latest Stanley Cup victory, the Red Wings started looking towards the future. Dominik Hasek and Scotty Bowman had retired over the summer and captain Steve Yzerman was out for the first 66 games of the regular season. The weight of the team fell on Sergei Fedorov and veteran Brett Hull, who helped the Red Wings score the most goals of any team in the regular season. As newly acquired goaltender Curtis Joseph held steady in net, two more pieces of the Stanley Cup team would be traded over the course of the year. Maxim Kuznetsov and Sean Avery left in a trade for Los Angeles's Mathieu Schneider right before the trade deadline in an effort to push the Wings towards the playoffs. However, the pieces didn't fit as the Wings met the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the first round and shocked everyone by being swept in four games.

Three Red Wings were named to the roster for the 2003 All Star Game: defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom, center Sergei Fedorov and head coach Dave Lewis. It was Lidstrom's seventh appearance at the all-star game, Fedorov's sixth, and Lewis's first appearance as a coach.[1]

The Red Wings sold out all 41 home games in 2002–03 as 20,058 fans packed Joe Louis Arena for every regular season and playoff game played in Detroit.

Regular season[edit]

The Red Wings led the League in scoring during the regular season, with 269 goals for, and power-play percentage, at 23.82% (76 for 319). They also tied the Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils and Washington Capitals for fewest short-handed goals allowed, with just 4.[2]

Season standings[edit]

Central Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 2 Detroit Red Wings 82 48 20 10 4 269 203 110
2 5 St. Louis Blues 82 41 24 11 6 253 222 99
3 9 Chicago Blackhawks 82 30 33 13 6 207 226 79
4 13 Nashville Predators 82 27 35 13 7 183 206 74
5 15 Columbus Blue Jackets 82 29 42 8 3 213 263 69

[3]

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

For complete final standings, see 2002–03 NHL season

Schedule and results[edit]

October[edit]

Record: 6–3–1–0; Home: 3–1–1–0; Road: 3–2–0–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
1 October 10 Detroit 6 – 3 San Jose Joseph 17,496 1–0–0–0 2
2 October 12 Detroit 2 – 3 Los Angeles Joseph 18,177 1–1–0–0 2
3 October 13 Detroit 4 – 2 Anaheim Legace 17,174 2–1–0–0 4
4 October 17 Montreal 3 – 2 Detroit Joseph 20,058 2–2–0–0 4
5 October 19 Detroit 5 – 3 Minnesota Joseph 19,344 3–2–0–0 6
6 October 21 Calgary 0 – 4 Detroit Joseph 20,058 4–2–0–0 8
7 October 23 Los Angeles 3 – 3 Detroit OT Joseph 20,058 4–2–1–0 9
8 October 25 Pittsburgh 3 – 7 Detroit Legace 20,058 5–2–1–0 11
9 October 26 Detroit 1 – 3 Nashville Joseph 17,113 5–3–1–0 11
10 October 29 San Jose 2 – 3 Detroit Joseph 20,058 6–3–1–0 13

November[edit]

Record: 6–4–2–1; Home: 4–1–1–1; Road: 2–3–1–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
11 November 2 Detroit 2 – 5 Ottawa Joseph 18,210 6–4–1–0 13
12 November 3 Dallas 3 – 3 Detroit OT Joseph 20,058 6–4–2–0 14
13 November 5 Chicago 2 – 0 Detroit Legace 20,058 6–5–2–0 14
14 November 7 Boston 1 – 2 Detroit OT Legace 20,058 7–5–2–0 16
15 November 12 Nashville 1 – 4 Detroit Joseph 20,058 8–5–2–0 18
16 November 15 Anaheim 1 – 2 Detroit OT Joseph 20,058 9–5–2–0 20
17 November 16 Detroit 2 – 1 Toronto Legace 19,110 10–5–2–0 22
18 November 19 Detroit 5 – 0 Calgary Joseph 16,061 11–5–2–0 24
19 November 22 Detroit 1 – 4 Vancouver Legace 18,422 11–6–2–0 24
20 November 23 Detroit 1 – 1 Edmonton OT Joseph 16,839 11–6–3–0 25
21 November 25 Edmonton 5 – 4 Detroit OT Legace 20,058 11–6–3–1 26
22 November 27 New Jersey 2 – 3 Detroit OT Joseph 20,058 12–6–3–1 28
23 November 29 Detroit 4 – 6 Carolina Joseph 20,066 12–7–3–1 28

December[edit]

Record: 10–1–4–0; Home: 7–1–1–0; Road: 3–0–3–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
24 December 1 Calgary 2 – 4 Detroit Joseph 20,066 13–7–3–1 30
25 December 3 Anaheim 1 – 2 Detroit Joseph 18,504 14–7–3–1 32
26 December 5 Detroit 5 – 3 Phoenix Joseph 15,189 15–7–3–1 34
27 December 6 Detroit 3 – 3 Dallas OT Joseph 18,532 15–7–4–1 35
28 December 8 St. Louis 3 – 4 Detroit OT Joseph 20,058 16–7–4–1 37
29 December 12 Minnesota 3 – 2 Detroit Joseph 20,058 16–8–4–1 37
30 December 14 Columbus 4 – 6 Detroit Joseph 20,058 17–8–4–1 39
31 December 17 Detroit 2 – 2 NY Islanders OT Legace 14,884 17–8–5–1 40
32 December 19 Dallas 1 – 1 Detroit OT Legace 20,058 17–8–6–1 41
33 December 21 NY Rangers 2 – 3 Detroit Legace 20,058 18–8–6–1 43
34 December 23 Detroit 1 – 0 Columbus Joseph 18,136 19–8–6–1 45
35 December 26 Columbus 2 – 4 Detroit Joseph 20,058 20–8–6–1 47
36 December 28 Detroit 4 – 2 Nashville Legace 17,113 21–8–6–1 49
37 December 29 Detroit 2 – 2 Dallas OT Joseph 18,532 21–8–7–1 50
38 December 31 St. Louis 1 – 5 Detroit Joseph 20,058 22–8–7–1 52

January[edit]

Record: 5–7–1–1; Home: 1–2–1–0; Road: 4–5–0–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
39 January 3 Phoenix 4 – 1 Detroit Joseph 20,058 22–9–7–1 52
40 January 5 Detroit 4 – 3 Chicago OT Joseph 21,295 23–9–7–1 54
41 January 7 Detroit 0 – 1 Tampa Bay Joseph 19,941 23–10–7–1 54
42 January 8 Detroit 2 – 1 Florida OT Legace 19,250 24–10–7–1 56
43 January 11 Detroit 2 – 3 Philadelphia Joseph 19,654 24–11–7–1 56
44 January 13 Chicago 4 – 5 Detroit OT Joseph 20,058 25–11–7–1 58
45 January 15 Detroit 1 – 4 Chicago Legace 21,391 25–12–7–1 58
46 January 16 Detroit 2 – 4 Colorado Joseph 18,007 26–12–7–1 60
47 January 19 Vancouver 4 – 1 Detroit Joseph 20,058 26–13–7–1 60
48 January 22 Detroit 3 – 4 Edmonton OT Joseph 16,839 26–13–7–2 61
49 January 24 Detroit 5 – 2 Vancouver Legace 18,422 27–13–7–2 63
50 January 25 Detroit 1 – 4 Calgary Joseph 18,028 27–14–7–2 63
51 January 28 Detroit 0 – 1 New Jersey Legace 16,453 27–15–7–2 63
52 January 30 Florida 2 – 2 Detroit OT Legace 20,058 27–15–8–2 64

February[edit]

Record: 7–2–1–1; Home: 5–1–1–1; Road: 2–1–0–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
53 February 4 Nashville 5 – 5 Detroit OT Joseph 20,058 27–15–9–2 65
54 February 6 Colorado 1 – 0 Detroit Joseph 20,058 27–16–9–2 65
55 February 8 Detroit 3 – 5 Colorado Joseph 18,007 27–17–9–2 65
56 February 10 San Jose 5 – 4 Detroit Legace 20,058 28–17–9–2 67
57 February 13 Buffalo 2 – 4 Detroit Joseph 20,058 29–17–9–2 69
58 February 15 Detroit 6 – 2 Atlanta Joseph 18,857 30–17–9–2 71
59 February 18 Vancouver 4 – 3 Detroit OT Joseph 20,058 30–17–9–3 72
60 February 20 Edmonton 2 – 6 Detroit Joseph 20,058 31–17–9–3 74
61 February 22 Detroit 5 – 1 Washington Joseph 18,277 32–17–9–3 76
62 February 24 Los Angeles 4 – 5 Detroit Legace 20,058 33–17–9–3 78
63 February 27 Toronto 2 – 7 Detroit Joseph 20,058 34–17–9–3 80

March[edit]

Record: 13–3–0–0; Home: 7–0–0–0; Road: 6–3–0–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
64 March 2 Phoenix 2 – 5 Detroit Joseph 20,058 35–17–9–3 82
65 March 3 Detroit 3 – 2 Columbus Legace 18,136 36–17–9–3 84
66 March 5 Tampa Bay 2 – 3 Detroit Joseph 20,058 37–17–9–3 86
67 March 7 St. Louis 2 – 7 Detroit Joseph 20,058 38–17–9–3 88
68 March 9 Detroit 1 – 4 Anaheim Legace 17,174 38–18–9–3 88
69 March 10 Detroit 2 – 3 Los Angeles Legace 18,344 39–18–9–3 90
70 March 12 Detroit 2 – 3 Phoenix Joseph 15,813 40–18–9–3 92
71 March 15 Colorado 3 – 5 Detroit Joseph 20,058 41–18–9–3 94
72 March 16 Ottawa 2 – 6 Detroit Joseph 20,058 42–18–9–3 96
73 March 18 Detroit 5 – 1 Pittsburgh Legace 13,840 43–18–9–3 98
74 March 22 Detroit 4 – 2 St. Louis Joseph 19,995 44–18–9–3 100
75 March 23 Detroit 0 – 4 Minnesota Legace 18,568 44–19–9–3 100
76 March 25 Minnesota 0 – 4 Detroit Joseph 20,058 45–19–9–3 102
77 March 27 Detroit 0 – 3 San Jose Joseph 17,496 45–20–9–3 102
78 March 29 Detroit 6 – 2 St. Louis Legace 19,951 46–20–9–3 104
79 March 31 Nashville 0 – 3 Detroit Joseph 20,058 47–20–9–3 106

April[edit]

Record: 1–0–1–1; Home: 1–0–0–0; Road: 0–0–1–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
80 April 3 NY Islanders 2 – 5 Detroit Joseph 20,058 48–20–9–3 108
81 April 4 Detroit 5 – 5 Columbus OT Legace 18,136 48–20–10–3 109
82 April 6 Detroit 3 – 4 Chicago OT Joseph 21,565 48–20–10–4 110
  • Green background indicates win.
  • Red background indicates regulation loss.
  • Yellow background indicates tie.
  • White background indicates overtime loss.

Playoffs[edit]

The Detroit Red Wings ended the 2002–03 regular season as the Western Conference's second seed and played Anaheim in the first round. Anaheim upset Detroit in a four-game sweep. The Mighty Ducks would advance and reach the Stanley Cup Finals, losing in Game 7 to the New Jersey Devils.

Western Conference Quarter-finals: vs. (7) Mighty Ducks of Anaheim[edit]

Anaheim wins series 4–0

Game Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Series
1 April 10 Anaheim 2 – 1 Detroit OT Joseph 20,058 0 – 1
2 April 12 Anaheim 3 – 2 Detroit Joseph 20,058 0 – 2
3 April 14 Detroit 1 – 2 Anaheim Joseph 17,174 0 – 3
4 April 16 Detroit 2 – 3 Anaheim OT Joseph 17,174 0 – 4
  • Green background indicates win.
  • Red background indicates loss.

Player stats[edit]

Skaters[edit]

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

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player Pos GP G A Pts +/- PIM GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Sergei Fedorov C 80 36 47 83 +15 52 4 1 2 3 -1 0
Brett Hull RW 82 37 39 76 +11 22 4 0 1 1 -4 0
Brendan Shanahan LW 78 30 38 68 +5 103 4 1 1 2 -1 4
Nicklas Lidstrom D 82 18 44 62 +40 38 4 0 2 2 -1 0
Pavel Datsyuk C 64 12 39 51 +20 16 4 0 0 0 -3 0
Henrik Zetterberg LW 79 22 22 44 +6 8 4 1 0 1 -4 0
Igor Larionov C 74 10 33 43 -7 48 4 0 1 1 +1 0
Tomas Holmstrom LW 74 20 20 40 +11 62 4 1 1 2 +1 4
Kirk Maltby LW 82 14 23 37 +17 91 4 0 0 0 -2 4
Kris Draper C 82 14 21 35 +6 82 4 0 0 0 -2 4
Luc Robitaille LW 81 11 20 31 +4 50 4 1 0 1 +1 0
Darren McCarty RW 73 13 9 23 +10 138 4 0 0 0 -3 6
Chris Chelios D 66 2 17 19 +4 78 4 0 0 0 -3 2
Mathieu Dandenault D 74 4 15 19 +25 64 4 0 0 0 -1 2
Boyd Devereaux C 61 3 9 12 +4 16 -- -- -- -- -- --
Dmitri Bykov D 71 2 10 12 +1 43 4 0 0 0 -2 0
Sean Avery* LW 39 5 6 11 +7 120 -- -- -- -- -- --
Steve Yzerman C 16 2 6 8 +6 8 4 0 1 1 0 2
Patrick Boileau D 25 2 6 8 +8 14 -- -- -- -- -- --
Mathieu Schneider* D 13 2 5 7 +2 16 4 0 0 0 -4 6
Jiri Fischer D 15 1 5 6 0 16 -- -- -- -- -- --
Jason Williams C 16 3 3 6 +3 2 -- -- -- -- -- --
Maxim Kuznetsov* D 57 0 3 3 0 54 -- -- -- -- -- --
Jesse Wallin D 32 0 1 1 -2 19 -- -- -- -- -- --
Stacy Roest RW 2 0 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- --

*Stats reflect games played with Detroit only.

Goaltending[edit]

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

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player GP Min W L T GA SO SV% GAA GP Min W L GA SO SV% GAA
Curtis Joseph 61 3566 34 19 6 148 5 .912 2.49 4 289 0 4 10 0 .917 2.08
Manny Legace 25 1406 14 5 4 51 0 .925 2.18 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Awards and records[edit]

Trophies and awards[edit]

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Brett Hull scored his 700th career goal, February 10, 2003.

Transactions[edit]

The Red Wings were involved in the following transactions during the 2002–03 season.[4][5]

Trades[edit]

November 16, 2002 To Detroit Red Wings
Jason Woolley
To Buffalo Sabres
Future considerations
March 11, 2003 To Detroit Red Wings
Mathieu Schneider
To Los Angeles Kings
Maxim Kuznetsov
Sean Avery
First-round pick in 2003 Draft
Second-round pick in 2004 Draft

Free agents[edit]

Player signed Former team
G Curtis Joseph Calgary Flames
D Dmitry Bykov Playing in Russia
D Patrick Boileau Washington Capitals
C Mark Mowers Nashville Predators
RW Stacy Roest Minnesota Wild
Player lost New team
RW Steve Brule Colorado Avalanche
G Dominik Hasek Retirement
D Uwe Krupp Atlanta Thrashers
D Jiri Slegr Playing in Czech Republic

Draft picks[edit]

Detroit's picks at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The Red Wings were slated to pick 30th overall but traded their first pick to the Atlanta Thrashers.[6]

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
2 58 Jiri Hudler C  Czech Republic Vsetín (Czech)
2 63 Tomas Fleischmann (LW)  Czech Republic HC Vítkovice (Czech)
3 95 Valtteri Filppula (C)  Finland Jokerit (SM-liiga)
4 131 Johan Berggren (D)  Sweden Sunne (SWE)
5 166 Logan Koopmans (G)  Canada Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)
6 197 Jimmy Cuddihy (C)  Canada Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
7 229 Derek Meech (D)  Canada Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
8 260 Pierre-Olivier Beaulie (D)  Canada Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
9 262 Christian Soderstrom (LW)  Sweden Timra IK (SWE)
9 291 Jonathan Ericsson (D)  Sweden Södertälje SK (SWE)

Farm teams[edit]

Grand Rapids Griffins[edit]

The Griffins were Detroit's top affiliate in the American Hockey League in 2002–03.

Toledo Storm[edit]

The Storm were the Red Wings' ECHL affiliate for the 2002–03 season.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nothing Typical About It, Western Conference roster, ESPN.com, September 11, 2007
  2. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_2003.html
  3. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2009). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2010. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 162. 
  4. ^ Detroit Red Wings Preview, Jacob Luft, CNNSI.com, accessed September 7, 2007
  5. ^ ESPN Trade Tracker, ESPN.com, accessed March 13, 2009
  6. ^ Detroit Red Wings Draft History, hockeydb.com, accessed September 7, 2007