2007–08 Detroit Red Wings season

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2007–08 Detroit Red Wings
Stanley Cup Champions
Presidents' Trophy Winners
Western Conference Champions
Central Division Champions
Division 1st Central
Conference 1st Western
2007–08 record 54–21–7
Home record 29–9–3
Road record 25–12–4
Goals for 257
Goals against 184
Team information
General Manager Ken Holland
Coach Mike Babcock
Captain Henrik Zetterberg
Alternate captains Pavel Datsyuk
Kris Draper
Henrik Zetterberg
Arena Joe Louis Arena
Average attendance 18,871 (94%)
Team leaders
Goals Henrik Zetterberg (43)
Assists Pavel Datsyuk (66)
Points Pavel Datsyuk (97)
Penalties in minutes Aaron Downey (116)
Plus/minus Pavel Datsyuk (+41)
Wins Chris Osgood (27)
Dominik Hasek (27)
Goals against average Chris Osgood (2.09)
<2006–07 2008–09>
The Detroit Red Wings team, coaches, and support staff pose on the ice with the Stanley Cup.
Detroit Red Wings celebrating their 2008 Stanley Cup victory.
In the front row, Nicklas Lidstrom holds a Red Wings jersey with the last name "BUSH" and the number "41" while George W. Bush holds a Red Wings jersey with the last name "BUSH" and the number "43".  To Lidstrom's right is the Stanley Cup.  2nd row, left to right: Mike Babcock, Ken Holland, Jim Devellano, Jim Nill, unknown man.  Third row, left to right: Kris Draper, Pavel Datsyuk, Mikael Samuelsson, Brian Rafalski, Derek Meech, Kirk Maltby, Chris Osgood, Aaron Downey.
The 2008 Stanley Cup champion Red Wings present two jerseys to U.S. President George W. Bush.

The 2007–08 Detroit Red Wings season was the franchise's 76th season as the Red Wings and 82nd in the National Hockey League (NHL). The team won their 11th Central Division title, 6th Presidents' Trophy, 5th Clarence S. Campbell Bowl, and won the Stanley Cup as league champion for the 11th time. The team finished first in the Central Division and first in the Western Conference for their 17th consecutive playoff appearance and began the playoffs versus the Nashville Predators. The team won the first two games of the series at home but lost the next two at Nashville. In response to these losses, head coach Mike Babcock replaced starting goaltender Dominik Hasek with Chris Osgood. Osgood led the team to nine straight victories en route to a 14-4 record (and 16-6 overall team record) and a 4 games to 2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals.

Three Red Wings players represented the West at the 56th National Hockey League All-Star Game in Atlanta, Georgia. Goaltender Chris Osgood along with defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom and center Pavel Datsyuk were starters in the game. The Western Conference team was coached by Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock.

Regular season[edit]

The Red Wings had the best goaltending in the League, allowing only 179 goals (excluding five shootout goals).[1][2][3]

Divisional standings[edit]

Central Division
GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 p – Detroit Red Wings 82 54 21 7 257 184 115
2 Nashville Predators 82 41 32 9 230 229 91
3 Chicago Blackhawks 82 40 34 8 239 235 88
4 Columbus Blue Jackets 82 34 36 12 193 218 80
5 St. Louis Blues 82 33 36 13 205 237 79

Conference standings[edit]

Western Conference
R Div GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 p – Detroit Red Wings CE 82 54 21 7 257 184 115
2 y – San Jose Sharks PA 82 49 23 10 222 193 108
3 y – Minnesota Wild NW 82 44 28 10 223 218 98
4 Anaheim Ducks PA 82 47 27 8 205 191 102
5 Dallas Stars PA 82 45 30 7 242 207 97
6 Colorado Avalanche NW 82 44 31 7 231 219 95
7 Calgary Flames NW 82 42 30 10 229 227 94
8 Nashville Predators CE 82 41 32 9 230 229 91
8.5
9 Edmonton Oilers NW 82 41 35 6 235 251 88
10 Chicago Blackhawks CE 82 40 34 8 239 235 88
11 Vancouver Canucks NW 82 39 33 10 213 215 88
12 Phoenix Coyotes PA 82 38 37 7 214 231 83
13 Columbus Blue Jackets CE 82 34 36 12 193 218 80
14 St. Louis Blues CE 82 33 36 13 205 237 79
15 Los Angeles Kings PA 82 32 43 7 231 266 71

Divisions: PA – Pacific, CE – Central, NW – Northwest
bold – qualified for playoffs, y – division winner, pPresidents' Trophy winner


Schedule and results[edit]

October[edit]

Record: 10–2–1; Home: 5–1–0; Road: 5–1–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
1 October 3 Anaheim 2 – 3 Detroit SO Hasek 17,610 1–0–0 2
2 October 6 Detroit 3 – 4 Chicago SO Hasek 18,768 1–0–1 3
3 October 8 Edmonton 2 – 4 Detroit Hasek 16,913 2–0–1 5
4 October 10 Calgary 2 – 4 Detroit Osgood 16,629 3–0–1 7
5 October 12 Chicago 3 – 2 Detroit Hasek 17,696 3–1–1 7
6 October 14 Detroit 4 – 1 Los Angeles Osgood 17,215 4–1–1 9
7 October 15 Detroit 3 – 6 Anaheim Hasek 17,174 4–2–1 9
8 October 18 Detroit 4 – 2 San Jose Osgood 17,496 5–2–1 11
9 October 20 Detroit 5 – 2 Phoenix Hasek 14,154 6–2–1 13
10 October 24 Vancouver 2 – 3 Detroit Hasek 17,015 7–2–1 15
11 October 26 San Jose 1 – 5 Detroit Osgood 18,289 8–2–1 17
12 October 28 Detroit 3 – 2 Vancouver Osgood 18,630 9–2–1 19
13 October 30 Detroit 2 – 1 Edmonton Osgood 16,839 10–2–1 21

November[edit]

Record: 7–4–1; Home: 5–1–0; Road: 2–3–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
14 November 1 Detroit 4 – 1 Calgary Osgood 19,289 11–2–1 23
15 November 7 Nashville 2 – 3 Detroit SO Osgood 16,885 12–2–1 25
16 November 9 Columbus 1 – 4 Detroit Hasek 18,654 13–2–1 27
17 November 11 Detroit 2 – 3 Chicago Osgood 19,045 13–3–1 27
18 November 13 Detroit 3 – 4 St. Louis Hasek 18,440 13–4–1 27
19 November 17 Chicago 5 – 3 Detroit Hasek 20,066 13–5–1 27
20 November 18 Detroit 5 – 4 Columbus SO Osgood 15,503 14–5–1 29
21 November 21 St. Louis 0 – 3 Detroit Osgood 19,124 15–5–1 31
22 November 22 Detroit 2 – 3 Nashville Hasek 14,346 15–6–1 31
23 November 24 Detroit 2 – 3 Columbus SO Osgood 17,513 15–6–2 32
24 November 27 Calgary 3 – 5 Detroit Osgood 17,108 16–6–2 34
25 November 29 Tampa Bay 2 – 4 Detroit Osgood 17,001 17–6–2 36

December[edit]

Record: 12–2–1 ; Home: 6–1–1 ; Road: 6–1–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
26 December 1 Phoenix 2 – 3 Detroit Osgood 18,557 18–6–2 38
27 December 4 Detroit 4 – 1 Montreal Hasek 21,273 19–6–2 40
28 December 7 Minnesota 0 – 5 Detroit Hasek 19,508 20–6–2 42
29 December 9 Carolina 2 – 5 Detroit Hasek 19,609 21–6–2 44
30 December 10 Detroit 2 – 1 Nashville Osgood 15,056 22–6–2 46
31 December 13 Edmonton 4 – 3 Detroit SO Hasek 18,859 22–6–3 47
32 December 15 Florida 2 – 5 Detroit Osgood 20,066 23–6–3 49
33 December 17 Washington 3 – 4 Detroit SO Hasek 19,483 24–6–3 51
34 December 19 Los Angeles 2 – 6 Detroit Hasek 19,516 25–6–3 53
35 December 20 Detroit 2 – 3 St. Louis Osgood 19,150 25–7–3 53
36 December 22 Detroit 4 – 1 Minnesota Hasek 18,568 26–7–3 55
37 December 26 Detroit 5 – 0 St. Louis Osgood 19,250 27–7–3 57
38 December 27 Detroit 4 – 2 Colorado Hasek 18,007 28–7–3 59
39 December 29 Detroit 4 – 2 Phoenix Osgood 17,866 29–7–3 61
40 December 31 St. Louis 2 – 0 Detroit Hasek 20,066 29–8–3 61

January[edit]

Record: 9–2–1; Home: 4–1–1; Road: 5–1–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
41 January 2 Dallas 1 – 4 Detroit Osgood 20,066 30–8–3 63
42 January 5 Detroit 3 – 0 Dallas Hasek 18,584 31–8–3 65
43 January 6 Detroit 3 – 1 Chicago Osgood 21,869 32–8–3 67
44 January 8 Colorado 0 – 1 Detroit Hasek 19,160 33–8–3 69
45 January 10 Minnesota 6 – 5 Detroit SO Osgood 17,848 33–8–4 70
46 January 12 Detroit 2 – 3 Ottawa Hasek 20,208 33–9–4 70
47 January 15 Atlanta 5 – 1 Detroit Osgood 17,408 33–10–4 70
48 January 17 Vancouver 2 – 3 Detroit SO Hasek 18,878 34–10–4 72
49 January 19 Detroit 6 – 3 San Jose Hasek 17,496 35–10–4 74
50 January 22 Detroit 3 – 0 Los Angeles Osgood 18,118 36–10–4 76
51 January 23 Detroit 2 – 1 Anaheim Hasek 17,174 37–10–4 78
52 January 30 Phoenix 2 – 3 Detroit Osgood 19,289 38–10–4 80

February[edit]

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

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
53 February 1 Colorado 0 – 2 Detroit Hasek 20,066 39–10–4 82
54 February 2 Detroit 3 – 1 Boston Osgood 17,565 40–10–4 84
55 February 5 Detroit 3 – 2 Minnesota OT Hasek 18,568 41–10–4 86
56 February 7 Los Angeles 5 – 3 Detroit Osgood 18,852 41–11–4 86
57 February 9 Detroit 2 – 3 Toronto OT Hasek 19,510 41–11–5 87
58 February 10 Anaheim 3 – 2 Detroit Osgood 20,066 41–12–5 87
59 February 12 Detroit 2 – 4 Nashville Osgood 15,692 41–13–5 87
60 February 15 Columbus 5 – 1 Detroit Osgood 20,066 41–14–5 87
61 February 17 Detroit 0 – 1 Dallas Howard 18,584 41–15–5 87
62 February 18 Detroit 4 – 0 Colorado Osgood 18,007 42–15–5 89
63 February 22 Detroit 0 – 1 Calgary Osgood 19,289 42–16–5 89
64 February 23 Detroit 1 – 4 Vancouver Howard 18,630 42–17–5 89
65 February 26 Detroit 3 – 4 Edmonton SO Osgood 16,839 42–17–6 90
66 February 29 San Jose 3 – 2 Detroit Hasek 20,066 42–18–6 90

March[edit]

Record: 10–2–1; Home: 7–1–1; Road: 3–1–0;

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
67 March 2 Detroit 4 – 2 Buffalo Hasek 18,690 43–18–6 92
68 March 5 St. Louis 1 – 2 Detroit Hasek 18,064 44–18–6 94
69 March 9 Nashville 3 – 4 Detroit Hasek 20,066 45–18–6 96
70 March 11 Chicago 1 – 3 Detroit Osgood 18,632 46–18–6 98
71 March 13 Dallas 3 – 5 Detroit Osgood 19,453 47–18–6 100
72 March 15 Nashville 3 – 1 Detroit Osgood 20,066 47–19–6 100
73 March 16 Detroit 3 – 4 Columbus Hasek 18,188 47–20–6 100
74 March 19 Columbus 1 – 3 Detroit Osgood 19,061 48–20–6 102
75 March 20 Detroit 6 – 3 Nashville Hasek 17,113 49–20–6 104
76 March 22 Detroit 4 – 1 Columbus Hasek 17,681 50–20–6 106
77 March 25 Detroit 2 – 1 St. Louis Osgood 19,150 51–20–6 108
78 March 28 St. Louis 4 – 3 Detroit OT Osgood 20,066 51–20–7 109
79 March 30 Nashville 0 – 1 Detroit OT Hasek 20,066 52–20–7 111

April[edit]

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

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
80 April 2 Detroit 2 – 6 Chicago Hasek 21,365 52–21–7 111
81 April 3 Columbus 2 – 3 Detroit Hasek 19,435 53–21–7 113
82 April 6 Chicago 1 – 4 Detroit Hasek 20,066 54–21–7 115
  • Green background indicates win.
  • Red background indicates regulation loss.
  • White background indicates overtime/shootout loss.

Playoffs[edit]

Detroit has not missed the post-season since 1989–90. The 2007–08 season was their 17th consecutive playoff season. The Detroit Red Wings ended the 2007–08 season as the first seed in the Western Conference.

Western Conference Quarter-finals: vs. Nashville Predators (8)[edit]

Detroit wins series 4–2.

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Series
1 April 10 Nashville 1 – 3 Detroit Hasek 20,066 1 – 0
2 April 12 Nashville 2 – 4 Detroit Hasek 20,066 2 – 0
3 April 14 Detroit 3 – 5 Nashville Hasek 17,113 2 – 1
4 April 16 Detroit 2 – 3 Nashville Hasek 17,113 2 – 2
5 April 18 Nashville 1 – 2 Detroit 1OT Osgood 20,066 3 – 2
6 April 20 Detroit 3 – 0 Nashville Osgood 17,113 4 – 2

Western Conference Semi-finals: vs. Colorado Avalanche (6)[edit]

Detroit wins series 4–0.

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Series
1 April 24 Colorado 3 – 4 Detroit Osgood 20,066 1 – 0
2 April 26 Colorado 1 – 5 Detroit Osgood 20,066 2 – 0
3 April 29 Detroit 4 – 3 Colorado Osgood 18,007 3 – 0
4 May 1 Detroit 8 – 2 Colorado Osgood 18,007 4 – 0

Western Conference Finals: vs. Dallas Stars (5)[edit]

Detroit wins series 4–2

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Series
1 May 8 Dallas 1 – 4 Detroit Osgood 20,066 1 – 0
2 May 10 Dallas 1 – 2 Detroit Osgood 20,066 2 – 0
3 May 12 Detroit 5 – 2 Dallas Osgood 18,532 3 – 0
4 May 14 Detroit 1 – 3 Dallas Osgood 18,532 3 – 1
5 May 17 Dallas 2 – 1 Detroit Osgood 20,066 3 – 2
6 May 19 Detroit 4 – 1 Dallas Osgood 18,532 4 – 2

Stanley Cup Final vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (2)[1][edit]

Detroit wins series 4–2

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Series
1 May 24 Pittsburgh 0 – 4 Detroit Osgood 20,066 1 – 0
2 May 26 Pittsburgh 0 – 3 Detroit Osgood 20,066 2 – 0
3 May 28 Detroit 2 – 3 Pittsburgh Osgood 17,132 2 – 1
4 May 31 Detroit 2 – 1 Pittsburgh Osgood 17,132 3 – 1
5 June 2 Pittsburgh 4 – 3 Detroit 3OT Osgood 20,066 3 – 2
6 June 4 Detroit 3 – 2 Pittsburgh Osgood 17,132 4 – 2

Detroit wins the Stanley Cup for the 11th time, and first since 2002

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalties in Minutes

Regular Season

Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Pavel Datsyuk 82 31 66 97 41 20
Henrik Zetterberg 75 43 49 92 30 34
Nicklas Lidstrom 76 10 60 70 40 40
Brian Rafalski 73 13 42 55 27 34
Daniel Cleary 63 20 22 42 21 33
Jiri Hudler 81 13 29 42 11 26
Tomas Holmstrom 59 20 20 40 9 58
Mikael Samuelsson 73 11 29 40 21 26
Johan Franzen 72 27 11 38 12 51
Valtteri Filppula 78 19 17 36 16 28

Playoffs

Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Henrik Zetterberg 22 13 14 27 16 16
Pavel Datsyuk 22 10 13 23 13 6
Johan Franzen 16 13 5 18 13 14
Niklas Kronwall 22 0 15 15 16 18
Jiri Hudler 22 5 9 14 -1 14
Brian Rafalski 22 4 10 14 6 12
Nicklas Lidstrom 22 3 10 13 8 14
Mikael Samuelsson 22 5 8 13 8 8
Tomas Holmstrom 22 4 8 12 4 26
Valtteri Filppula 22 5 6 11 7 2

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/shootout losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; Sv% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Regular season

Player GP TOI W L OT GA SO Sv% GAA
Chris Osgood 43 2409 27 9 4 84 4 .914 2.09
Dominik Hasek 41 2350 27 10 3 84 5 .902 2.14
Jimmy Howard 4 197 0 2 0 7 0 .926 2.13

Playoffs

Player GP TOI W L GA SO Sv% GAA
Chris Osgood 19 1160 14 4 30 3 .930 1.55
Dominik Hasek 4 206 2 2 10 0 .888 2.91

Awards and records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Regular Season
Team member Milestone Date
Tomas Holmstrom 700th NHL Game October 3, 2007
Kris Draper 300th NHL Point October 12, 2007
Tomas Kopecky 1st NHL Assist October 12, 2007
Niklas Kronwall 100th NHL PIM October 12, 2007
Matt Ellis 1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
October 15, 2007
Matt Ellis 1st NHL Goal October 18, 2007
Jiri Hudler 100th NHL Game October 18, 2007
Pavel Datsyuk 100th NHL PIM October 20, 2007
Dominik Hasek 700th NHL Game October 20, 2007
Mike Babcock 200th NHL Career Win December 15, 2007
Nicklas Lidstrom 700th NHL Assist January 2, 2008
Chris Chelios 1600th NHL Game February 10, 2008
Pavel Datsyuk 400th NHL Point February 18, 2008
Dallas Drake 1000th NHL Game
300th NHL Assist
March 11, 2008
Playoffs
Player Milestone/Record Date
Chris Chelios
  • 248th NHL Playoff Game (Most NHL playoff games by any player in history. Broke the record held by Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy).
  • Became oldest player to have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup (47 years, 4 months and 11 days), after Lester Patrick
April 12, 2008
June 4, 2008
Nicklas Lidstrom 197th NHL Playoff Game for the Red Wings, breaking Steve Yzerman's franchise record. April 18, 2008
Nicklas Lidstrom 100th NHL Playoff Assist. April 29, 2008
Johan Franzen
  • His 11 goals are one more than the previous club playoff record shared by Petr Klima (1988), Sergei Fedorov (1998) and Brett Hull (2002). Franzen did it in fewer games (10) than anybody else.
  • Nine goals in one series broke the club mark held by Gordie Howe (eight vs. Montreal Canadiens in 1949) and established an NHL record for a four-game series.
May 1, 2008[4]
Chris Osgood 48th NHL Playoff Win, breaking franchise record held by Hall of Fame goaltender Terry Sawchuk. May 19, 2008
Niklas Lidstrom First player born and trained in Europe to captain a Stanley Cup winning team. June 4, 2008
Henrik Zetterberg
  • 27 Playoff Points in a year, breaking franchise record held by Steve Yzerman and Sergei Fedorov (24 Points).
  • 13 Playoff Goals. Tied with Johan Franzen for the franchise record by scoring the Cup winning goal.
June 4, 2008
Niklas Kronwall

15 Playoff Assists in a year, breaking franchise record held by Niklas Lidstrom and Chris Chelios (13 Assists).

June 4, 2008
Niklas Kronwall, Mikael Samuelsson, Henrik Zetterberg Joined the Triple Gold Club. June 4, 2008
Pavel Datsyuk Got the first hat trick of his career against Dallas in game three of the Western Conference Finals in the 2007-2008 season. May 12, 2008

Transactions[edit]

The Red Wings have been involved in the following transactions during the 2007–08 season.

Free agents[edit]

Player Former team Contract terms
Brian Rafalski New Jersey Devils 5 years, $30 million
Brad Ference Calgary Flames 1 year, $500,000
Dallas Drake St. Louis Blues 1 year, $550,000
Aaron Downey Montreal Canadiens 1 year, $525,000
Adam Berkhoel Atlanta Thrashers 1 year, $500,000
Mark Cullen Philadelphia Flyers 1 year, $500,000
Randall Gelech Phoenix Coyotes 2 years, $975,000
Mark Hartigan Anaheim Ducks 1 year, $550,000
Garrett Stafford San Jose Sharks 1 year, $500,000
Carl Corazzini Chicago Blackhawks 1 year, $475,000
Player New team
Mathieu Schneider Anaheim Ducks
Robert Lang Chicago Blackhawks
Kyle Calder Los Angeles Kings
Todd Bertuzzi Anaheim Ducks
Darryl Bootland New York Islanders
Matt Hussey Colorado Avalanche
Brad Norton San Jose Sharks

Trades[edit]

Player acquired Acquired from For
Brad Stuart Los Angeles Kings Detroit's 2nd Round Draft Pick in 2008 and Detroit's 4th Round Draft Pick in 2009
Francis Lemieux Montreal Canadiens Brett Engelhardt

Draft picks[edit]

Detroit's picks at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft in Columbus, Ohio.[5]

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club team (League)
1 27 Brendan Smith Defenseman  Canada St. Michael's Buzzers (OPHL)
3 88 Joakim Andersson Center  Sweden Frölunda HC (Swe Jr.)
5 148 Randy Cameron Center  Canada Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)
6 178 Zack Torquato Center  Canada Erie Otters (OHL)
7 208 Bryan Rufenach Defenseman  Canada Lindsay Muskies (OPJHL)

Farm teams[edit]

Grand Rapids Griffins[edit]

The Grand Rapids Griffins remain Detroit's American Hockey League affiliate in 2007–08.

See also[edit]

References[edit]