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2008–09 Detroit Red Wings · NHL
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
General Manager Ken Holland
Coach Mike Babcock
Captain Nicklas Lidstrom
Alternate captains Pavel Datsyuk
Kris Draper
Henrik Zetterberg
Arena Joe Louis Arena
Team leaders
Goals Marian Hossa (40)
Assists Pavel Datsyuk (65)
Points Pavel Datsyuk (97)
Penalties in minutes Andreas Lilja (66)
Wins Chris Osgood (26)
Goals against average Ty Conklin (2.51)

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. They were also unable to win the Presidents' Trophy for a second consecutive season. It was the 82nd season for the franchise (76th as the Detroit Red Wings). They did win the Clarence Campbell trophy in the western conference finals against the Chicago Blackhawks though a few days before the Stanley Cup finals.

OffseasonEdit

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Regular seasonEdit

Divisional standingsEdit

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

Conference standingsEdit

Western Conference GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
p-San Jose Sharks * 82 53 18 11 257 204 117
y-Detroit Red Wings * 82 51 21 10 295 244 112
y-Vancouver Canucks * 82 45 27 10 246 220 100
x-Chicago Blackhawks 82 46 24 12 264 216 104
x-Calgary Flames 82 46 30 6 254 248 98
x-St. Louis Blues 82 41 31 10 233 233 92
x-Columbus Blue Jackets 82 41 31 10 226 230 92
x-Anaheim Ducks 82 42 33 7 245 238 91
e-Minnesota Wild 82 40 33 9 219 200 89
e-Nashville Predators 82 40 34 8 213 233 88
e-Edmonton Oilers 82 38 35 9 234 248 85
e-Dallas Stars 82 36 35 11 230 257 83
e-Phoenix Coyotes 82 36 39 7 208 252 79
e-Los Angeles Kings 82 34 37 11 207 234 79
e-Colorado Avalanche 82 32 45 5 199 257 69
x - clinched playoff spot, y - clinched division title, p - clinched Presidents' Trophy and best record in conference, e - eliminated from playoff contention

* – division leader

Game logEdit

2008–09 Game Log

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

PlayoffsEdit

See also: 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs

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 statsEdit

SkatersEdit

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

Regular season
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Datsyuk, PavelPavel Datsyuk 81 32 65 97 +34 22
Zetterberg, HenrikHenrik Zetterberg 77 31 42 73 +13 36
Hossa, MarianMarian Hossa 74 40 31 71 +27 63
Lidstrom, NicklasNicklas Lidstrom 78 16 43 59 +31 30
Rafalski, BrianBrian Rafalski 78 10 49 59 +17 20
Franzen, JohanJohan Franzen 71 34 25 59 +21 44
Hudler, JiriJiri Hudler 82 23 34 57 +7 16
Kronwall, NiklasNiklas Kronwall 80 6 45 51 +2 50
Cleary, DanielDaniel Cleary 74 14 26 40 0 46
Samuelsson, MikaelMikael Samuelsson 81 19 21 40 0 50
Filppula, ValtteriValtteri Filppula 80 12 28 40 +9 42
Holmstrom, TomasTomas Holmstrom 53 14 23 37 +18 38
Kopecky, TomasTomas Kopecky 79 6 13 19 -7 46
Draper, KrisKris Draper 79 7 10 17 -13 40
Lebda, BrettBrett Lebda 65 6 10 16 +9 48
Stuart, BradBrad Stuart 67 2 13 15 -3 26
Lilja, AndreasAndreas Lilja 60 2 11 13 +13 66
Maltby, KirkKirk Maltby 78 5 6 11 -9 28
Leino, VilleVille Leino 13 5 4 9 +5 6
Meech, DerekDerek Meech 41 2 5 7 -12 12
Ericsson, JonathanJonathan Ericsson 19 1 3 4 -1 15
Downey, AaronAaron Downey 4 1 1 2 0 7
McCarty, DarrenDarren McCarty 13 1 0 1 -2 25
Helm, DarrenDarren Helm 16 0 1 1 -7 4
Chelios, ChrisChris Chelios 28 0 0 0 +1 18
Abdelkader, JustinJustin Abdelkader 2 0 0 0 0 0

Playoffs
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Zetterberg, HenrikHenrik Zetterberg 23 11 13 24 +13 13
Franzen, JohanJohan Franzen 23 12 11 23 +8 12
Lidstrom, NicklasNicklas Lidstrom 21 4 12 16 +11 6
Filppula, ValtteriValtteri Filppula 23 3 13 16 +8 8
Cleary, DanielDaniel Cleary 23 9 6 15 +17 12
Hossa, MarianMarian Hossa 23 6 9 15 +5 10
Rafalski, BrianBrian Rafalski 18 3 9 12 +11 11
Hudler, JiriJiri Hudler 23 4 8 12 +4 6
Samuelsson, MikaelMikael Samuelsson 23 5 5 10 +7 6
Stuart, BradBrad Stuart 23 3 6 9 +5 12
Datsyuk, PavelPavel Datsyuk 16 1 8 9 +5 9
Kronwall, NiklasNiklas Kronwall 23 2 7 9 +4 33
Ericsson, JonathanJonathan Ericsson 22 4 4 8 +9 25
Holmstrom, TomasTomas Holmstrom 23 2 5 7 -2 22
Lebda, BrettBrett Lebda 23 0 6 6 +8 22
Helm, DarrenDarren Helm 23 4 1 5 +1 4
Abdelkader, JustinJustin Abdelkader 10 2 1 3 +2 0
Leino, VilleVille Leino 7 0 2 2 +2 0
Draper, KrisKris Draper 8 1 0 1 0 0
Maltby, KirkKirk Maltby 20 0 1 1 -1 2
Kopecky, TomasTomas Kopecky 8 0 1 1 0 7
Chelios, ChrisChris Chelios 6 0 0 0 0 2
Meech, DerekDerek Meech 2 0 0 0 0 0

GoaltendersEdit

Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); 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 recordsEdit

MilestonesEdit

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

TransactionsEdit

Free agentsEdit

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


Draft picksEdit

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

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


Farm teamsEdit

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


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