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97-98DetRW
1997–98 Detroit Red Wings · NHL
Stanley Cup Champions
Western Conference Champions
Division 2nd Central
Conference 3rd Western
1997–98 record 44–23–15
Home record 25–8–8
Road record 19–15–7
Goals for 250
Goals against 196
General Manager Ken Holland
Coach Scotty Bowman
Captain Steve Yzerman
Alternate captains Nicklas Lidstrom
Brendan Shanahan
Arena Joe Louis Arena
Team leaders
Goals Brendan Shanahan (28)
Assists Steve Yzerman (45)
Points Steve Yzerman (69)
Penalties in minutes Darren McCarty (157)
Wins Chris Osgood (33)
Goals against average Chris Osgood (2.21)

The 1997–98 Detroit Red Wings season was the 72nd National Hockey League season in Detroit, Michigan. The highlight of the Red Wings season was winning the Stanley Cup.

OffseasonEdit

NHL DraftEdit

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
2 49 Yuri Butsayev (LW) Flag of Russia Russia HC Lada Togliatti (Russian Pro Hockey League)

Regular seasonEdit

Sergei Fedorov's HoldoutEdit

After a lengthy holdout to start the 1997–1998 season, Fedorov, a restricted free-agent, signed an offer sheet with the Carolina Hurricanes worth up to $38 million (with bonuses). The Red Wings matched the offer on February 26, 1998, ending Fedorov's holdout. The offer broke down as: $14 million for signing, $2 million for 21 regular season games, $12 million for the team reaching conference finals. $28 million for 43 total games in 1997–98 is the largest single season amount paid to an NHL athlete. Fedorov helped the Red Wings win their second consecutive Stanley Cup that year.

Season standingsEdit

Central Division
# CR   GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 1 Dallas Stars 82 49 22 11 242 167 109
2 3 Detroit Red Wings 82 44 23 15 250 196 103
3 4 St. Louis Blues 82 45 29 8 256 204 98
4 7 Phoenix Coyotes 82 35 35 12 224 227 82
5 9 Chicago Blackhawks 82 30 39 13 192 199 73
6 12 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 30 43 9 194 237 69

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


Game logEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 1, 19973–1 @ Calgary Flames (1997–98) 1–0–0
2WOctober 3, 19978–2 @ Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 2–0–0
3WOctober 8, 19973–1 Dallas Stars (1997–98) 3–0–0
4WOctober 10, 19973–0 Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 4–0–0
5TOctober 12, 19974–4 OT Calgary Flames (1997–98) 4–0–1
6WOctober 14, 19973–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 5–0–1
7LOctober 15, 19973–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 5–1–1
8WOctober 18, 19974–2 Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 6–1–1
9TOctober 20, 19973–3 OT St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 6–1–2
10WOctober 22, 19974–1 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 7–1–2
11WOctober 23, 19974–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 8–1–2
12WOctober 26, 19975–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1997–98) 9–1–2
13WOctober 29, 19974–3 San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 10–1–2
14LOctober 31, 19971–5 Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 10–2–2
15WNovember 2, 19974–3 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 11–2–2
16LNovember 5, 19971–3 @ Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 11–3–2
17TNovember 7, 19971–1 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 11–3–3
18WNovember 9, 19976–3 Calgary Flames (1997–98) 12–3–3
19LNovember 11, 19970–2 Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 12–4–3
20WNovember 13, 19974–2 @ Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 13–4–3
21LNovember 15, 19972–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 13–5–3
22TNovember 16, 19973–3 OT @ Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 13–5–4
23LNovember 19, 19972–3 New York Islanders (1997–98) 13–6–4
24WNovember 21, 19974–2 Dallas Stars (1997–98) 14–6–4
25WNovember 22, 19975–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 15–6–4
26WNovember 26, 19974–1 Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 16–6–4
27WNovember 28, 19972–0 Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 17–6–4
28TDecember 1, 19973–3 OT @ Vancouver Canucks (1997–98) 17–6–5
29WDecember 3, 19974–3 @ Calgary Flames (1997–98) 18–6–5
30LDecember 5, 19971–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 18–7–5
31WDecember 9, 19977–5 Vancouver Canucks (1997–98) 19–7–5
32LDecember 12, 19972–3 Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 19–8–5
33TDecember 14, 19973–3 OT @ Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 19–8–6
34LDecember 16, 19971–5 @ San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 19–9–6
35TDecember 17, 19972–2 OT @ Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 19–9–7
36WDecember 19, 19975–4 New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 20–9–7
37WDecember 22, 19974–2 @ Boston Bruins (1997–98) 21–9–7
38WDecember 23, 19973–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 22–9–7
39WDecember 26, 19974–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 23–9–7
40WDecember 27, 19978–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 24–9–7
41TDecember 29, 19972–2 OT Dallas Stars (1997–98) 24–9–8
42WDecember 31, 19975–2 St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 25–9–8
43LJanuary 2, 19981–4 San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 25–10–8
44LJanuary 4, 19981–3 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 25–11–8
45WJanuary 6, 19982–0 Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 26–11–8
46TJanuary 9, 19983–3 OT @ Dallas Stars (1997–98) 26–11–9
47WJanuary 11, 19982–0 Washington Capitals (1997–98) 27–11–9
48TJanuary 12, 19981–1 OT @ New York Islanders (1997–98) 27–11–10
49WJanuary 14, 19984–0 Vancouver Canucks (1997–98) 28–11–10
50LJanuary 20, 19981–3 @ New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 28–12–10
51LJanuary 21, 19980–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 28–13–10
52WJanuary 24, 19981–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 29–13–10
53TJanuary 28, 19984–4 OT Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 29–13–11
54LJanuary 31, 19982–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 29–14–11
55WFebruary 1, 19984–2 @ Washington Capitals (1997–98) 30–14–11
56TFebruary 3, 19981–1 OT @ Florida Panthers (1997–98) 30–14–12
57WFebruary 5, 19985–4 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 31–14–12
58LFebruary 7, 19981–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 31–15–12
59TFebruary 25, 19981–1 OT Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 31–15–13
60WFebruary 27, 19983–1 Florida Panthers (1997–98) 32–15–13
61WMarch 2, 19983–1 @ Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 33–15–13
62WMarch 4, 19982–0 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 34–15–13
63LMarch 5, 19984–5 @ San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 34–16–13
64LMarch 7, 19981–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 34–17–13
65LMarch 10, 19983–6 Boston Bruins (1997–98) 34–18–13
66WMarch 12, 19983–0 Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 35–18–13
67LMarch 14, 19981–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 35–19–13
68WMarch 17, 19984–3 Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 36–19–13
69WMarch 18, 19985–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 37–19–13
70WMarch 21, 19984–3 @ New York Rangers (1997–98) 38–19–13
71TMarch 23, 19985–5 OT Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 38–19–14
72TMarch 26, 19983–3 OT Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 38–19–15
73LMarch 28, 19982–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 38–20–15
74WMarch 29, 19984–2 Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 39–20–15
75WApril 1, 19982–0 Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 40–20–15
76WApril 4, 19983–2 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 41–20–15
77WApril 7, 19985–3 St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 42–20–15
78WApril 9, 19985–1 Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 43–20–15
79WApril 11, 19985–2 New York Rangers (1997–98) 44–20–15
80LApril 14, 19981–2 @ Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 44–21–15
81LApril 15, 19981–3 @ Dallas Stars (1997–98) 44–22–15
82LApril 18, 19983–4 @ Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 44–23–15

Player statsEdit

ForwardsEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Steve Yzerman 75 24 45 69 46
Brendan Shanahan 75 28 29 57 154
Vyacheslav Kozlov 80 25 27 52 46
Igor Larionov 69 8 39 47 40
Doug Brown 80 19 23 42 12
Darren McCarty 71 15 22 37 157
Martin Lapointe 79 15 19 34 106
Brent Gilchrist 61 13 14 27 40
Kirk Maltby 65 14 9 23 89
Kris Draper 64 13 10 23 45
Tomas Holmstrom 57 5 17 22 44
Sergei Fedorov 21 6 11 17 25
Joey Kocur 63 6 5 11 92
Mathieu Dandenault 68 5 12 17 43
Mike Knuble 53 7 6 13 16
Darryl Laplante 2 0 0 0 0

DefencemenEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Nicklas Lidstrom 80 17 42 59 18
Larry Murphy 82 11 41 52 37
Anders Eriksson 66 7 14 21 32
Viacheslav Fetisov 58 2 12 14 72
Bob Rouse 71 1 11 12 57
Aaron Ward 52 5 5 10 47
Dmitri Mironov 11 2 5 7 4
Jamie Pushor 54 2 5 7 71
Yan Golubovsky 12 0 2 2 6
Jamie Macoun 7 0 0 0 2

GoaltendingEdit

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

Player GP W L T SO GAA
Mike Vernon 64 33 20 11 6 2.21
Chris Osgood 21 9 3 3 2 2.67
Norm Maracle 4 2 0 1 0 2.02

PlayoffsEdit

Stanley Cup FinalsEdit

The 1998 Stanley Cup Finals were played in the 105th year of the Stanley Cup. The series was played between the Western Conference champion Detroit Red Wings and the Eastern Conference champion Washington Capitals. The Red Wings were led by Captain Steve Yzerman, Coach Scotty Bowman, and Goalie Mike Vernon. The Capitals were led by captain Dale Hunter, coach Ron Wilson, and goalie Olaf Kolzig.

Washington vs. Detroit
Date Away Home
June 9 Washington 1 2 Detroit
June 11 Washington 4 5 Detroit OT
June 13 Detroit 2 1 Washington
June 16 Detroit 4 1 Washington
Detroit wins series 4–0
and Stanley Cup
Steve Yzerman (Detroit)
wins Conn Smythe Trophy

1998 Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup ChampionsEdit

Doug Brown, Mathieu Dandenault, Kris Draper, Anders Eriksson, Sergei Fedorov, Slava Fetisov, Brent Gilchrist, Kevin Hodson, Tomas Holmstrom, Mike Knuble, Joey Kocur, Slava Kozlov, Martin Lapointe, Igor Larionov, Nicklas Lidstrom, Jamie Macoun, Kirk Maltby, Darren McCarty, Dmitri Mironov, Larry Murphy, Chris Osgood, Bob Rouse, Brendan Shanahan, Mike Vernon, Steve Yzerman. (Head Coach: Scotty Bowman)

Awards and recordsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 222, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5
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