2011–12 Detroit Red Wings season

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2011–12 Detroit Red Wings
Division 3rd Central
Conference 5th Western
2011–12 record 48–28–6
Home record 31–7–3
Road record 17–21–3
Goals for 248
Goals against 203
Team information
General Manager Ken Holland
Coach Mike Babcock
Captain Nicklas Lidstrom
Alternate captains Pavel Datsyuk
Niklas Kronwall
Henrik Zetterberg
Arena Joe Louis Arena
Average attendance 20,066 (100%)
Total: 822,706
Team leaders
Goals Johan Franzen (28)
Assists Pavel Datsyuk (48)
Points Henrik Zetterberg (68)
Penalties in minutes Kyle Quincey (89)
Plus/minus Todd Bertuzzi (+24)
Wins Jimmy Howard (35)
Goals against average Jimmy Howard (2.13)
<2010–11 2012–13>

The 2011–12 Detroit Red Wings season was the 86th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on September 25, 1926. The Red Wings finished the season with a 48–28–6 record and for the first time since 1990–91 season, the Red Wings did not finish first or second in the division, finishing third. Also, the Red Wings had their earliest playoff exit since 2006 against the Edmonton Oilers, losing to the Nashville Predators in 5 games.

Off-season[edit]

On July 19, 2011, goaltender Chris Osgood announced his retirement from the NHL after 17 seasons.[1] Osgood won three Stanley Cups with the Red Wings and will remain with the Red Wings organization, working with Detroit's goaltending prospects.

Regular season[edit]

On February 12, against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Red Wings tied an NHL record of 20 consecutive home wins. The only two other teams to accomplish this feat was the 1930 Boston Bruins and the 1976 Philadelphia Flyers. On February 14, against the Dallas Stars, the Red Wings broke the NHL record of 20 consecutive home wins, becoming the first team to record 21 straight home wins. The streak was extended to 23 on February 19 with a win over the San Jose Sharks. The streak started on November 5, 2011 against the Anaheim Ducks. However, the streak would end at 23 games with a 4–3 shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks on February 23, 2012.

The Red Wings tied the Tampa Bay Lightning for the fewest shorthanded goals scored during the regular season, with 2.[2]

Standings[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

Central Division[3]
GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 y - St. Louis Blues 82 49 22 11 45 210 165 109
2 Nashville Predators 82 48 26 8 43 237 210 104
3 Detroit Red Wings 82 48 28 6 39 248 203 102
4 Chicago Blackhawks 82 45 26 11 38 248 238 101
5 Columbus Blue Jackets 82 29 46 7 25 202 262 65

Conference standings[edit]

Western Conference[4]
R Div GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 p – Vancouver Canucks NW 82 51 22 9 43 249 198 111
2 y – St. Louis Blues CE 82 49 22 11 45 210 165 109
3 y – Phoenix Coyotes PA 82 42 27 13 36 216 204 97
4 Nashville Predators CE 82 48 26 8 43 237 210 104
5 Detroit Red Wings CE 82 48 28 6 39 248 203 102
6 Chicago Blackhawks CE 82 45 26 11 38 248 238 101
7 San Jose Sharks PA 82 43 29 10 34 228 210 96
8 Los Angeles Kings PA 82 40 27 15 34 194 179 95
8.5
9 Calgary Flames NW 82 37 29 16 34 202 226 90
10 Dallas Stars PA 82 42 35 5 35 211 222 89
11 Colorado Avalanche NW 82 41 35 6 32 208 220 88
12 Minnesota Wild NW 82 35 36 11 24 177 226 81
13 Anaheim Ducks PA 82 34 36 12 31 204 231 80
14 Edmonton Oilers NW 82 32 40 10 27 212 239 74
15 Columbus Blue Jackets CE 82 29 46 7 25 202 262 65

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

bold - qualified for playoffs, y – Won division, p – Won Presidents' Trophy (best record in NHL)


Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

2011–12 game log

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

Playoffs[edit]

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Legend:       Win       Loss

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime Losses; GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average

Regular season
Player GP TOI W L OT GA GAA SA Sv% SO G A PIM
Howard, JimmyJimmy Howard 57 3360 35 17 4 119 2.13 1496 .920 6 0 1 6
MacDonald, JoeyJoey MacDonald 14 806 8 5 1 29 2.16 330 .912 0 0 0 0
Conklin, TyTy Conklin 15 805 5 6 1 44 3.28 378 .884 1 0 1 0
Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L GA GAA SA Sv% SO G A PIM
Howard, JimmyJimmy Howard 5 295 1 4 13 2.64 116 .888 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Red Wings. Stats reflect time with the Red Wings only.
Traded mid-season
Bold/italics denotes franchise record

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Regular season
Player Award Awarded
Jimmy Howard[5] NHL Second Star of the Week November 14, 2011
Niklas Kronwall[6] NHL Second Star of the Week March 5, 2012

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

The Detroit Red Wings officially broke the NHL record for consecutive home games won, on February 14, 2012. They defeated the Dallas Stars by a score of 3–1, breaking the 1929–30 Boston Bruins and the 1975–76 Philadelphia Flyers previous record of 20 games. The streak ended at 23 wins after a shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks on February 23, 2012.[7]

Regular season
Player Milestone Reached
Cory Emmerton 1st career NHL assist October 7, 2011
Johan Franzen 100th career NHL assist October 15, 2011
Johan Franzen 400th career NHL game October 21, 2011
Brad Stuart 800th career NHL game October 21, 2011
Fabian Brunnstrom 100th career NHL game October 22, 2011
Nicklas Lidstrom 1,500th career NHL game October 22, 2011
Gustav Nyquist 1st career NHL game November 1, 2011
Henrik Zetterberg 600th career NHL game November 11, 2011
Niklas Kronwall 400th career NHL game November 12, 2011
Brendan Smith 1st career NHL game November 17, 2011
Brendan Smith 1st career NHL assist
1st career NHL point
November 19, 2011
Darren Helm 200th career NHL game November 23, 2011
Joakim Andersson 1st career NHL game December 27, 2011
Jonathan Ericsson 200th career NHL game December 30, 2011
Pavel Datsyuk 700th career NHL game December 31, 2011
Gustav Nyquist 1st career NHL assist
1st career NHL point
January 3, 2012
Valtteri Filppula 200th career NHL point January 3, 2012
Niklas Kronwall 200th career NHL point January 7, 2012
Valtteri Filppula 400th career NHL game January 7, 2012
Danny Cleary 200th career NHL assist January 12, 2012
Jimmy Howard 100th career NHL win January 12, 2012
Pavel Datsyuk 700th career NHL point January 16, 2012
Jan Mursak 1st career NHL assist January 17, 2012
Todd Bertuzzi 300th career NHL goal February 4, 2012
Danny Cleary 800th career NHL game February 6, 2012
Tomas Holmstrom 1,000th career NHL game February 10, 2012
Henrik Zetterberg 600th career NHL point February 17, 2012
Jiri Hudler 200th career NHL point February 21, 2012
Jakub Kindl 100th career NHL game March 2, 2012
Brendan Smith 1st career NHL goal March 2, 2012
Brad Stuart 300th career NHL point March 4, 2012
Joey MacDonald 100th career NHL game March 10, 2012
Justin Abdelkader 200th career NHL game March 19, 2012
Jiri Hudler 400th career NHL game March 19, 2012
Gustav Nyquist 1st career NHL goal March 26, 2012
Riley Sheahan 1st career NHL game April 7, 2012
Playoffs
Player Milestone Reached
Henrik Zetterberg 50th career NHL playoff goal
100th career NHL playoff point
April 11, 2012

Final roster[edit]

Updated April 16, 2012.[8]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
8 United States Abdelkader, JustinJustin Abdelkader C L 25 2005 Muskegon, Michigan
63 Sweden Andersson, JoakimJoakim Andersson C L 23 2007 Munkedal, Sweden
53 Canada Aubry, Louis-MarcLouis-Marc Aubry C L 20 2010 Arthabaska, Quebec
44 Canada Bertuzzi, ToddTodd Bertuzzi RW L 37 2009 Sudbury, Ontario
76 Sweden Brunnstrom, FabianFabian Brunnstrom LW L 27 2011 Jonstorp, Sweden
11 Canada Cleary, DanielDaniel Cleary RW L 33 2005 Carbonear, Newfoundland
29 United States Conklin, TyTy Conklin G L 36 2011 Phoenix, Arizona
41 United States Conner, ChrisChris Conner RW L 28 2011 Westland, Michigan
13 Russia Datsyuk, PavelPavel Datsyuk (A) C L 33 1998 Sverdlovsk, Soviet Union
17 United States Eaves, PatrickPatrick Eaves Injured Reserve RW R 30 2010 Calgary, Alberta
-- Canada Ehrhardt, TravisTravis Ehrhardt D L 23 2009 Calgary, Alberta
48 Canada Emmerton, CoryCory Emmerton C L 23 2006 St. Thomas, Ontario
52 Sweden Ericsson, JonathanJonathan Ericsson D L 28 2002 Karlskrona, Sweden
51 Finland Filppula, ValtteriValtteri Filppula C L 28 2002 Vantaa, Finland
93 Sweden Franzen, JohanJohan Franzen LW L 32 2004 Vetlanda, Sweden
43 Canada Helm, DarrenDarren Helm C L 25 2005 St. Andrews, Manitoba
96 Sweden Holmstrom, TomasTomas Holmstrom RW L 39 1994 Piteå, Sweden
35 United States Howard, JimmyJimmy Howard G L 28 2003 Ogdensburg, New York
26 Czech Republic Hudler, JiriJiri Hudler LW L 28 2010 Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
37 United States Janik, DougDoug Janik D L 32 2009 Agawam, Massachusetts
4 Czech Republic Kindl, JakubJakub Kindl D L 25 2005 Šumperk, Czechoslovakia
55 Sweden Kronwall, NiklasNiklas Kronwall (A) D L 31 2000 Stockholm, Sweden
25 United States Lashoff, BrianBrian Lashoff D L 21 2008 Albany, New York
31 Canada MacDonald, JoeyJoey MacDonald G L 32 2010 Pictou, Nova Scotia
38 United States McCollum, ThomasThomas McCollum G L 22 2008 Cambria, New York
20 United States Miller, DrewDrew Miller LW L 28 2009 Dover, New Jersey
39 Slovenia Mursak, JanJan Mursak LW R 24 2006 Maribor, Yugoslavia
14 Sweden Nyquist, GustavGustav Nyquist C L 22 2008 Halmstad, Sweden
59 Canada Pare, FrancisFrancis Pare C R 24 2009 LeMoyne, Quebec
27 Canada Quincey, KyleKyle Quincey D L 26 2012 Kitchener, Ontario
15 Canada Sheahan, RileyRiley Sheahan C L 20 2010 St. Catharines, Ontario
2 Canada Smith, BrendanBrendan Smith D L 23 2007 Toronto, Ontario
23 Canada Stuart, BradBrad Stuart D L 32 2008 Rocky Mountain House, Alberta
21 Slovakia Tatar, TomasTomas Tatar LW L 21 2009 Ilava, Czechoslovakia
18 Canada White, IanIan White D R 27 2011 Steinbach, Manitoba
40 Sweden Zetterberg, HenrikHenrik Zetterberg (A) LW/C L 31 1999 Njurunda, Sweden

Transactions[edit]

The Red Wings have been involved in the following transactions during the 2011–12 season.