2005–06 Detroit Red Wings season

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2005–06 Detroit Red Wings
Presidents' Trophy Winners
Central Division Champions
Division 1st Central
Conference 1st Western
2005–06 record 58–16–8
Home record 27–9–5
Road record 31–7–3
Goals for 305
Goals against 209
Team information
General Manager Ken Holland
Coach Mike Babcock
Captain Steve Yzerman
Alternate captains Nicklas Lidstrom
Brendan Shanahan
Arena Joe Louis Arena
Average attendance 20,066 (100%)
Team leaders
Goals Brendan Shanahan (40)
Assists Nicklas Lidstrom (64)
Points Pavel Datsyuk (87)
Penalties in minutes Chris Chelios (108)
Plus/minus Mathieu Schneider (33)
Wins Manny Legace (37)
Goals against average Manny Legace (2.19)
<2004–05 2006–07>

The 2005–06 Detroit Red Wings season was the 80th National Hockey League season in Detroit, Michigan. The Wings once again found themselves having the best regular season record, scoring 124 points for the second highest point total in franchise history.

The Red Wings began the season with a conflict in goal as recent pickup Chris Osgood was injured in preseason activities and unproven Manny Legace was to start in goal. Legace played great, winning 10 of his first 11 games, and quickly earned the starting goaltender job. The Red Wings decided to start Legace in the playoffs but his inexperience quickly showed and Detroit was knocked out in the first round by the Edmonton Oilers.

Detroit defenseman, Jiri Fischer, suffered a cardiac arrest in the first period of a game against the Nashville Predators on November 21. The game was stopped and eventually called as many fans in Joe Louis Arena either couldn't see what was going on or looked on in horror. Fischer was given CPR on the Wings' bench and then carried out on a stretcher. Nashville had a 1–0 lead within the game and it was decided that the score would be added onto the rescheduled game later in the season.[1]

The Red Wings sold out all 41 home games in 2005–06 as 20,066 fans packed Joe Louis Arena for every regular season and playoff game played in Detroit.

There was no All-Star game this year as the Winter Olympics in Turin took place in February 2006 where nine Red Wings players represented their countries. Kris Draper represented Canada,[2] Chris Chelios represented the United States,[3] Robert Lang represented the Czech Republic, Pavel Datsyuk represented Russia, and Nicklas Lidstrom, Mikael Samuelsson, Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall and Tomas Holmstrom represented Sweden.[4] Team Canada Head coach, Wayne Gretzky, told Steve Yzerman it was his decision as to whether he wanted to play in the 2006 Olympics. Citing his age and playing ability, Yzerman bowed out to give up his roster spot to a "more deserving player".[5]

Sweden won the gold medal in ice hockey as all three goals scored in the gold medal game were by Red Wings. Red Wings' Head Coach Mike Babcock decided to give the five Gold Medal winners from Detroit time to return to Sweden to celebrate. They only missed one game, February 28 against the San Jose Sharks. In that game, Detroit suffered their worst loss of the season, losing by four goals.

For the first time in 10 years, Detroit was not shut out in any of their 82 regular-season games.[6] Offensively, Detroit trailed only Ottawa in scoring and shots on goal, with 301 goals (305 including the four shootout-winning goals) and 2,796 shots respectively. Furthermore, for the first time since the 1992-93 season, the Red Wings scored more than 100 power-play goals during the regular season, this time with 102.

Defensively, the Red Wings finished second in most shutouts for, with 9 and allowed only 206 goals (209 including three shootout-winning goals), good enough for third overall.

Regular season[edit]

The Red Wings finished the regular season with the League's best power-play percentage, at 22.13% (102 for 461).[7]

Season standings[edit]

Central Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 1 Detroit Red Wings 82 58 16 8 305 209 124
2 4 Nashville Predators 82 49 25 8 259 227 106
3 13 Columbus Blue Jackets 82 35 43 4 223 279 74
4 14 Chicago Blackhawks 82 26 43 13 211 285 65
5 15 St. Louis Blues 82 21 46 15 197 292 57

[8] 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.

Western Conference[9]
R Div GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 P- Detroit Red Wings CE 82 58 16 8 305 209 124
2 Y- Dallas Stars PA 82 53 23 6 265 218 112
3 Y- Calgary Flames NW 82 46 25 11 218 200 103
4 X- Nashville Predators CE 82 49 25 8 259 227 106
5 X- San Jose Sharks PA 82 44 27 11 266 242 99
6 X- Mighty Ducks of Anaheim PA 82 43 27 12 254 229 98
7 X- Colorado Avalanche NW 82 43 30 9 283 257 95
8 X- Edmonton Oilers NW 82 41 28 13 256 251 95
8.5
9 Vancouver Canucks NW 82 42 32 8 256 255 92
8 Los Angeles Kings PA 82 42 35 5 249 270 89
11 Minnesota Wild NW 82 38 36 8 231 215 84
12 Phoenix Coyotes PA 82 38 39 5 246 271 81
13 Columbus Blue Jackets CE 82 35 43 4 223 279 74
14 Chicago Blackhawks CE 82 26 43 13 211 285 65
15 St. Louis Blues CE 82 21 46 15 197 292 57

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

P- Clinched Presidents Trophy; Y- Clinched Division; X- Clinched Playoff spot


For complete final standings, see 2005–06 NHL season

Schedule and results[edit]

October[edit]

Record: 11–1–0; Home: 5–1–0; Road: 6–0–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
1 October 5 St. Louis 1 – 5 Detroit Legace 20,066 1–0–0 2
2 October 6 Detroit 4 – 3 St. Louis Legace 15,318 2–0–0 4
3 October 9 Calgary 3 – 6 Detroit Legace 20,066 3–0–0 6
4 October 10 Vancouver 4 – 2 Detroit Legace 20,066 3–1–0 6
5 October 13 Detroit 5 – 2 Los Angeles Legace 18,118 4–1–0 8
6 October 15 Detroit 2 – 0 Phoenix Legace 17,799 5–1–0 10
7 October 17 San Jose 2 – 3 Detroit OT Legace 20,066 6–1–0 12
8 October 21 Anaheim 2 – 3 Detroit Legace 20,066 7–1–0 14
9 October 22 Detroit 6 – 0 Columbus Legace 18,136 8–1–0 16
10 October 24 Detroit 6 – 2 Columbus Legace 16,098 9–1–0 18
11 October 27 Chicago 2 – 5 Detroit Legace 20,066 10–1–0 20
12 October 29 Detroit 4 – 2 Chicago Osgood 20,658 11–1–0 22

November[edit]

Record: 7–5–2; Home: 4–2–1; Road: 3–3–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
13 November 1 Chicago 1 – 4 Detroit Osgood 20,066 12–1–0 24
14 November 3 Edmonton 4 – 3 Detroit OT Osgood 20,066 12–1–1 25
15 November 5 Phoenix 4 – 1 Detroit Osgood 20,066 12–2–1 25
16 November 6 Detroit 4 – 1 St. Louis Osgood 13,211 13–2–1 27
17 November 9 Los Angeles 5 – 4 Detroit OT Legace 20,066 14–2–1 29
18 November 11 Minnesota 1 – 3 Detroit Legace 20,066 15–2–1 31
19 November 13 Detroit 1 – 4 Vancouver Legace 18,630 15–3–1 31
20 November 16 Detroit 1 – 3 Calgary Legace 19,289 15–4–1 31
21 November 17 Detroit 5 – 6 Edmonton OT Osgood 20,066 15–4–2 32
22 November 19 St. Louis 3 – 2 Detroit Legace 20,066 15–5–2 32
November 21 Nashville PPD Detroit Legace 20,066
23 November 23 Colorado 3 – 7 Detroit Legace 20,066 16–5–2 34
24 November 25 Detroit 1 – 3 Anaheim Osgood 17,174 16–6–2 34
25 November 26 Detroit 7 – 6 San Jose Osgood 17,496 17–6–2 36
26 November 28 Detroit 5 – 2 Los Angeles Howard 18,118 18–6–2 38

Game was cancelled with 7:31 left in the first period after Jiri Fischer suffered heart failure on the bench. Nashville was ahead 1–0 and the score would be added to a January 23 rescheduled game.[10] Fischer was tended to and would soon after retire due to an enlarged heart and complications resulting thereof. He currently is Director of Player Development for the Red Wings organization.

December[edit]

Record: 8–3–1; Home: 4–2–0; Road: 4–1–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
27 December 1 Calgary 3 – 2 Detroit Howard 20,066 18–7–2 38
28 December 4 NY Islanders 2 – 1 Detroit Howard 20,066 18–8–2 38
29 December 6 New Jersey 2 – 5 Detroit Osgood 20,066 19–8–2 40
30 December 9 Detroit 4 – 3 Washington Osgood 18,277 20–8–2 42
31 December 12 Pittsburgh 1 – 3 Detroit Osgood 20,066 21–8–2 44
32 December 13 Detroit 6 – 7 Atlanta Osgood 17,559 21–9–2 44
33 December 15 Detroit 2 – 3 Florida OT Osgood 17,716 21–9–3 45
34 December 17 Detroit 6 – 3 Tampa Bay Osgood 21,204 22–9–3 47
35 December 20 Columbus 3 – 4 Detroit SO Osgood 20,066 23–9–3 49
36 December 23 Detroit 3 – 2 Chicago OT Osgood 20,543 24–9–3 51
37 December 27 Detroit 4 – 1 Dallas Osgood 18,584 25–9–3 53
38 December 31 Columbus 2 – 3 Detroit OT Osgood 20,066 26–9–3 55

January[edit]

Record: 8–4–2; Home: 4–3–1; Road: 4–1–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
39 January 3 Minnesota 4 – 2 Detroit Osgood 20,066 26–10–3 55
40 January 5 St. Louis 0 – 3 Detroit Legace 20,066 27–10–3 57
41 January 6 Detroit 3 – 1 Nashville Legace 17,113 28–10–3 59
42 January 8 Dallas 6 – 3 Detroit Osgood 20,066 28–11–3 59
43 January 10 Detroit 2 – 3 Carolina Legace 18,730 28–12–3 59
44 January 12 Philadelphia 3 – 6 Detroit Legace 20,066 29–12–3 61
45 January 14 NY Rangers 3 – 4 Detroit Legace 20,066 30–12–3 63
46 January 18 Detroit 4 – 0 Columbus Osgood 17,089 31–12–3 65
47 January 21 Detroit 4 – 3 Colorado Legace 18,007 32–12–3 67
48 January 23 Nashville 3 – 2 Detroit Legace 20,066 32–13–3 67
49 January 24 Nashville 2 – 1 Detroit OT Legace 20,066 32–13–4 67
50 January 26 Vancouver 1 – 2 Detroit Legace 20,066 33–13–4 69
51 January 28 Detroit 1 – 2 Dallas SO Legace 18,584 33–13–5 71
52 January 30 Detroit 5 – 4 Minnesota Legace 18,568 34–13–5 73

Makeup date for the November 21st game that was postponed. Nashville started the game with a 1–0 lead.

February[edit]

Record: 5–1–0; Home: 3–0–0; Road: 2–1–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
53 February 1 St. Louis 2 – 3 Detroit Legace 20,066 35–13–5 75
54 February 4 Detroit 3 – 0 Colorado Legace 18,007 36–13–5 77
55 February 8 Nashville 0 – 6 Detroit Legace 20,066 37–13–5 79
56 February 9 Detroit 3 – 2 Nashville Legace 17,113 38–13–5 81
57 February 12 Colorado 3 – 6 Detroit Legace 20,066 39–13–5 83
58 February 28 Detroit 1 – 5 San Jose Legace 17,496 39–14–5 83

March[edit]

Record: 11–1–3; Home: 4–1–3; Road: 7–0–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
59 March 1 Detroit 2 – 0 Anaheim Osgood 16,606 40–14–5 85
60 March 4 Detroit 7 – 3 Phoenix Legace 18,619 41–14–5 87
61 March 7 Phoenix 5 – 2 Detroit Legace 20,066 41–15–5 89
62 March 9 Los Angeles 3 – 7 Detroit Legace 20,066 42–15–5 89
63 March 11 Chicago 4 – 6 Detroit Legace 20,066 43–15–5 91
64 March 12 Detroit 5 – 3 Chicago Osgood 19,136 44–15–5 93
65 March 15 Anaheim 1 – 3 Detroit Osgood 20,066 45–15–5 95
66 March 18 Detroit 4 – 3 Edmonton SO Legace 16,839 46–15–5 97
67 March 19 Detroit 7 – 3 Vancouver Osgood 18,630 47–15–5 99
68 March 21 Nashville 3 – 2 Detroit SO Legace 20,066 47–15–6 100
69 March 23 San Jose 0 – 4 Detroit Legace 20,066 48–15–6 102
70 March 25 Columbus 5 – 4 Detroit SO Osgood 20,066 48–15–7 103
71 March 27 Detroit 4 – 1 St. Louis Legace 12,834 49–15–7 105
72 March 30 Detroit 4 – 2 Nashville Legace 16,570 50–15–7 107
73 March 31 Chicago 3 – 2 Detroit OT Osgood 20,066 50–15–8 108

April[edit]

Record: 8–1–0; Home: 3–0–0; Road: 5–1–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
74 April 2 Detroit 3 – 2 Minnesota Legace 18,568 51–15–8 110
75 April 3 Detroit 2 – 1 Calgary SO Osgood 19,289 52–15–8 112
76 April 7 Columbus 6 – 5 Detroit SO Legace 20,066 53–15–8 114
77 April 8 Detroit 4 – 2 Columbus Osgood 18,136 54–15–8 116
78 April 11 Edmonton 0 – 2 Detroit Legace 20,066 55–15–8 118
79 April 13 Detroit 7 – 3 Chicago Legace 15,117 56–15–8 120
80 April 15 Detroit 3 – 2 St. Louis Osgood 16,094 57–15–8 122
81 April 17 Dallas 2 – 3 Detroit Legace 20,066 58–15–8 124
82 April 18 Detroit 3 – 6 Nashville Osgood 17,113 58–16–8 124
  • Green background indicates win.
  • Red background indicates regulation loss.
  • White background indicates overtime/shootout loss.

Playoffs[edit]

The Detroit Red Wings ended the 2005–06 regular season as the Western Conference's first seed and played Edmonton in the first round. Edmonton would go on to defeat Detroit and reach the Stanley Cup Finals, losing in Game 7 to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Western Conference Quarter-finals: vs. (8) Edmonton Oilers[edit]

Edmonton wins series 4–2

Game Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Series
1 April 21 Edmonton 2 – 3 Detroit OT Legace 20,066 1 – 0
2 April 23 Edmonton 4 – 2 Detroit Legace 20,066 1 – 1
3 April 25 Detroit 3 – 4 Edmonton OT Legace 16,839 1 – 2
4 April 27 Detroit 4 – 2 Edmonton Legace 16,839 2 – 2
5 April 29 Edmonton 3 – 2 Detroit Legace 20,066 2 – 3
6 May 1 Detroit 3 – 4 Edmonton Legace 16,839 2 – 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
Pavel Datsyuk C 75 28 59 87 +26 22 5 0 3 3 0 0
Henrik Zetterberg LW 77 39 46 85 +29 30 6 6 0 6 -2 2
Brendan Shanahan LW 82 40 41 81 +29 105 6 1 1 2 0 6
Nicklas Lidstrom D 80 16 64 80 +21 50 6 1 1 2 -4 2
Robert Lang C 72 20 42 62 +17 72 6 3 3 6 -2 2
Tomas Holmstrom LW 81 29 30 59 +14 66 6 1 2 3 -1 12
Mathieu Schneider D 72 21 38 59 +33 86 6 1 7 8 -1 6
Jason Williams C 80 21 37 58 +4 26 6 1 1 2 -3 6
Mikael Samuelsson RW 71 23 22 45 +27 42 6 0 1 1 -1 6
Steve Yzerman C 61 14 20 34 +8 18 4 0 4 4 -2 4
Kris Draper C 80 10 22 32 +3 58 6 0 0 0 +3 6
Jason Woolley D 53 1 18 19 +3 28 -- -- -- -- -- --
Johan Franzen C 80 12 4 16 +4 36 6 1 2 3 0 4
Daniel Cleary RW 77 3 12 15 +5 40 6 0 1 1 +2 6
Andreas Lilja D 82 2 13 15 +18 98 6 0 1 1 -4 6
Mark Mowers RW 46 4 11 15 +13 16 6 0 0 0 0 0
Brett Lebda D 46 3 9 12 +9 20 6 0 0 0 +3 4
Chris Chelios D 81 4 7 11 +22 108 6 0 0 0 +2 6
Kirk Maltby LW 82 5 6 11 -9 80 6 2 1 3 +2 4
Niklas Kronwall D 27 1 8 9 +11 28 6 0 3 3 0 2
Jiri Fischer D 22 3 5 8 +8 33 -- -- -- -- -- --
Cory Cross* D 16 1 1 2 +3 15 -- -- -- -- -- --
Don MacLean C 1 1 1 2 +2 0 -- -- -- -- -- --
Jamie Rivers* D 15 0 1 1 0 12 -- -- -- -- -- --
Valtteri Filppula C 4 0 1 1 +1 2 -- -- -- -- -- --
Tomas Kopecky RW 1 0 0 0 +1 2 -- -- -- -- -- --
Jiri Hudler C 4 0 0 0 0 2 -- -- -- -- -- --
Kyle Quincey D 1 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 OTL GA SO SV% GAA GP Min W L GA SO SV% GAA
Manny Legace 51 2905 37 8 0 106 7 .915 2.19 6 1029 2 4 18 0 .884 2.65
Chris Osgood 32 1846 20 6 0 85 2 .897 2.79 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Jimmy Howard 4 201 1 2 0 10 0 .904 2.99 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Awards and records[edit]

Trophies and awards[edit]

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Nicklas Lidstrom recorded his 600th career assist on March 7, 2006.

Transactions[edit]

The Red Wings were involved in the following transactions during the 2005–06 season.[11]

Trades[edit]

March 9, 2006 To Phoenix Coyotes
Jamie Rivers
To Detroit Red Wings
Seventh-round pick in 2006 Draft
March 9, 2006 To Detroit Red Wings
Cory Cross
To Pittsburgh Penguins
Fourth-round pick in 2007 Draft

Free agents[edit]

Player signed Former team
G Chris Osgood St. Louis Blues
D Andreas Lilja Nashville Predators
F Mikael Samuelsson Florida Panthers
Player lost New team
F Darren McCarty Calgary Flames
G Curtis Joseph Phoenix Coyotes
D Mathieu Dandenault Montreal Canadiens
F Ray Whitney Carolina Hurricanes
D Derian Hatcher Philadelphia Flyers

Draft picks[edit]

As there was no 2004–05 season to set the order for the draft, a lottery was held in which teams were assigned a number of balls, between one and three, based on the number of playoff appearances the team had had in the past three seasons. As the Red Wings had made the playoffs three consecutive seasons, they were given only one ball in the lottery. The Red Wings ended up with the 19th overall pick.

Detroit's picks at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft in Ottawa, Ontario:

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 19 Jakub Kindl (D)  Czech Republic Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
2 42 Justin Abdelkader (LW)  United States Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)
3 80 Christofer Lofberg (C)  Sweden Djurgårdens IF Hockey
4 103 Mattias Ritola (C/W)  Sweden Leksand Jr. (Sweden)
5 132 Darren Helm (LW)  Canada Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
5 137 Johan Ryno (RW)  Sweden Kumla Jr. (Sweden Jr.)
5 151 Jeff May  Canada Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
6 175 Juho Mielonen  Finland Ilves (Finland Jr.)
7 214 Bretton Stamler  Canada Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)

Farm teams[edit]

Grand Rapids Griffins[edit]

The Griffins were Detroit's top affiliate in the American Hockey League in 2005–06.

Toledo Storm[edit]

The Storm were the Red Wings' ECHL affiliate for the 2005–06 season.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Defenseman stable, breathing on his own, ESPN.com, accessed August 31, 2007.
  2. ^ Meet the athletes: ice hockey, cbc sports, accessed August 31, 2007.
  3. ^ Chris Chelios, usolympicteam.com, accessed August 31, 2007.
  4. ^ Let the games begin, NHL.com, accessed August 31, 2007.
  5. ^ Yzerman pulls name out of Team Canada list, ESPN.com, accessed August 31, 2007.
  6. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/DET/2006_games.html
  7. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_2006.html
  8. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2009). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2010. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 162. 
  9. ^ "2005–2006 Standings by Conference". National Hockey League. Retrieved March 26, 2012. 
  10. ^ Wings' Fischer collapses, game cancelled, TSN.com, November 21, 2005, accessed August 30, 2007.
  11. ^ 2005 NHL Free Agents, proicehockey.about.com, accessed August 30, 2007.