2008–09 Detroit Red Wings season

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2008–09 Detroit Red Wings
Western Conference Champions
Central Division Champions
Division 1st Central
Conference 2nd Western
2008–09 record 51–19–10
Home record 27–8–5
Road record 27–11–5
Goals for 297
Goals against 244
Team information
General Manager Ken Holland
Coach Mike Babcock
Captain Nicklas Lidstrom
Alternate captains Pavel Datsyuk
Kris Draper
Henrik Zetterberg
Arena Joe Louis Arena
Average attendance 19,865
Capacity: 20,066 (99.0%)
Total: 814,474
Team leaders
Goals Marian Hossa (40)
Assists Pavel Datsyuk (65)
Points Pavel Datsyuk (97)
Penalties in minutes Andreas Lilja (66)
Plus/minus Pavel Datsyuk (34)
Wins Chris Osgood (26)
Goals against average Ty Conklin (2.51)
<2007–08 2009–10>

The 2008–09 Detroit Red Wings season saw the Detroit Red Wings attempt to defend their Stanley Cup title, but they were defeated by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 7 games in the Stanley Cup Finals, the team they defeated in the finals the previous season.

Offseason[edit]

June 9: Dominik Hasek announced his retirement from the NHL.[1]

June 10: Detroit signed head coach Mike Babcock to three-year contract extension.[2]

June 11: Assistant coach, Todd McLellan signed with the San Jose Sharks as their new head coach.[3]

June 30: The Detroit Red Wings re-signed defenseman Andreas Lilja to a two-year contract.[4]

July 1: Brad Stuart re-signed with the Detroit Red Wings. It is a four-year deal worth $3.75 million per season, and a no-trade clause for the first two.[5]

July 2: Marian Hossa Signs 1 year $7.45M Contract

July 15: Dallas Drake announced his retirement from the NHL.[6]

July 23: Ryan Oulahen re-signed with the Detroit Red Wings with a one-year deal.[7]

July 30: Valtteri Filppula re-signed with the Detroit Red Wings. It is a $15 million, five-year deal.[8]

Regular season[edit]

Excluding 6 shootout-winning goals, the Red Wings scored 289 goals during the regular season, the most of all 30 teams. They also scored the most power-play goals, with 90, and had the best power-play percentage, at 25.50% (90 for 353).[9][10]

Divisional standings[edit]

Central Division
GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 y – Detroit Red Wings 82 51 21 10 295 244 112
2 Chicago Blackhawks 82 46 24 12 264 216 104
3 St. Louis Blues 82 41 31 10 233 233 92
4 Columbus Blue Jackets 82 41 31 10 226 230 92
5 Nashville Predators 82 40 34 8 213 233 88

Conference standings[edit]

Western Conference
R Div GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 p – San Jose Sharks PA 82 53 18 11 257 204 117
2 y – Detroit Red Wings CE 82 51 21 10 295 244 112
3 y – Vancouver Canucks NW 82 45 27 10 246 220 100
4 Chicago Blackhawks CE 82 46 24 12 264 216 104
5 Calgary Flames NW 82 46 30 6 254 248 98
6 St. Louis Blues CE 82 41 31 10 233 233 92
7 Columbus Blue Jackets CE 82 41 31 10 226 230 92
8 Anaheim Ducks PA 82 42 33 7 245 238 91
8.5
9 Minnesota Wild NW 82 40 33 9 219 200 89
10 Nashville Predators CE 82 40 34 8 213 233 88
11 Edmonton Oilers NW 82 38 35 9 234 248 85
12 Dallas Stars PA 82 36 35 11 230 257 83
13 Phoenix Coyotes PA 82 36 39 7 208 252 79
14 Los Angeles Kings PA 82 34 37 11 207 234 79
15 Colorado Avalanche NW 82 32 45 5 199 257 69

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


Schedule and results[edit]

2008–09 Game Log

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Playoffs[edit]

Detroit has not missed the post-season since 1989–90. The 2008–09 season is their 18th consecutive playoff season.

2009 Stanley Cup playoffs

Legend:       Win       Loss

During the finals, Coach Mike Babcock joined Mike Keenan as the only coaches in NHL history to coach in Game 7 Stanley Cup Finals on two different teams, having been with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in 2003. When the Red Wings lost Game 7, Babcock had the unfortunate distinction of becoming the first coach in NHL history to lose a Game 7 Stanley Cup Finals on two different teams, as his Ducks lost to the New Jersey Devils in 2003.

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals 

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime Losses; GA = Goals against; GAA= Goals Against Average; SA= Shots Against; SV= Saves; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO= Shutouts

Regular season
Player GP TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV Sv% SO
Osgood, ChrisChris Osgood 46 2662 26 9 8 137 3.09 1208 1071 .887 2
Conklin, TyTy Conklin 40 2246 25 11 2 94 2.51 1033 939 .909 6
Howard, JimmyJimmy Howard 1 58 0 1 0 4 4.10 28 24 .857 0
Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L GA GAA SA SV Sv% SO
Osgood, ChrisChris Osgood 23 1,405 15 8 47 2.01 637 590 .926 2
Conklin, TyTy Conklin 1 19 0 0 0 0.00 9 9 1.000 0

Awards and records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Regular Season
Team member Milestone Reached
Andreas Lilja 400th NHL game October 11, 2008
Brett Lebda 200th NHL game October 11, 2008
Marian Hossa 300th NHL goal October 18, 2008
Ken Holland 500th win as General Manager October 27, 2008
Niklas Kronwall 200th NHL game November 26, 2008
Brad Stuart 600th NHL game November 28, 2008
Pavel Datsyuk 300th NHL assist November 28, 2008
Johan Franzen 100th NHL point December 1, 2008
Derek Meech 1st NHL goal December 4, 2008
Jiri Hudler 200th NHL game December 10, 2008
Mike Babcock 250th Win as coach December 10, 2008
Jiri Hudler 100th NHL point January 1, 2009
Chris Chelios NHL record for most regular season career wins (880) January 7, 2009
Valtteri Filppula 200th NHL game January 17, 2009
Brian Rafalski 400th NHL point January 17, 2009
Henrik Zetterberg 400th NHL game January 27, 2009
Ville Leino 1st NHL goal January 31, 2009
Kris Draper 1000th NHL game February 2, 2009
Pavel Datsyuk 500th NHL game February 13, 2009
Mike Babcock 200th win as coach of the Red Wings February 18, 2009
Pavel Datsyuk 500th NHL point February 25, 2009
Kirk Maltby 1000th NHL game February 27, 2009
Chris Osgood 300th win with the Red Wings March 14, 2009

Transactions[edit]

Free agents[edit]

Acquired by Detroit
Player Former team Contract Terms
Ty Conklin Pittsburgh Penguins 1 year; $750,000 [11]
Marian Hossa Pittsburgh Penguins 1 year; $7.4 million [12]
Darren Haydar Atlanta Thrashers 1 year [13]
Leaving Detroit
Player New team
Garrett Stafford Dallas Stars
Mark Cullen Vancouver Canucks
Carl Corazzini Edmonton Oilers


Draft picks[edit]

Detroit's selections at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft in Ottawa, Ontario.[14]

Round Overall Pick Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 30 Thomas McCollum Goaltender  United States Guelph Storm (OHL)
3 91 Max Nicastro Defenseman  United States Chicago Steel (USHL)
4 121 Gustav Nyquist Center  Sweden Malmö Redhawks (Sweden Jr.)
5 151 Julien Cayer Center  Canada Northwood School (HS-New York)
6 181 Stephen Johnston Left Wing  Canada Belleville Bulls (OHL)
7 211 Jesper Samuelsson Center  Sweden HC Vita Hästen (Swe-3)

Farm teams[edit]

The Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League remain the minor league affiliate of the Red Wings for the 2008–09 season.[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lacking motivation to continue career, Hasek retires after 16 seasons". Associated Press. 2008-06-09. Archived from the original on 12 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  2. ^ "Babcock cashes in, gets new deal for 3 years". Detroit Free Press. 2008-06-11. Retrieved 2008-06-20. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Sharks Name Todd McLellan Head Coach". San Jose Sharks. 2008-06-11. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  4. ^ Roose, Roose (2008-06-30). "Lilja signs two-year deal with Wings". Detroit Red Wings. Archived from the original on 1 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-02. 
  5. ^ "Stuart re-signs with Red Wings for $3.75M per season". ESPN.com news services. 2008-07-02. Archived from the original on 5 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-02. 
  6. ^ "Red Wings forward Dallas Drake will retire". ESPN.com news services. 2008-07-15. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  7. ^ "Red Wings sign RW Haydar, LW Oulahen". Yahoo.com. 2008-07-23. Retrieved 2008-07-23. 
  8. ^ "Red Wings sign Filppula to five-year deal". TSN.com news services. 2008-07-30. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  9. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_2009.html
  10. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_2009_games.html
  11. ^ Burnside, Scott (2008-07-01). "Cup champs bring in Conklin as backup for Osgood". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2008-07-02. 
  12. ^ "Report: Red Wings sign Hossa for one year, $7.4 million". ESPN.com news services. 2008-07-02. Archived from the original on 5 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-02. 
  13. ^ "Red Wings sign RW Haydar, LW Oulahen". Yahoo.com. 2008-07-23. Retrieved 2008-07-23. 
  14. ^ "2008 NHL Entry Draft picks". NHL.com. Retrieved 2008-06-21. [dead link]
  15. ^ "Minor League Affiliates". Detroit Red Wings. Archived from the original on 28 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 

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