Team Recap: 3rd-Seeded ’07-’08 Detroit Red Wings

The #3 seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the '07-'08 Detroit Red Wings.

The #3 seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the ’07-’08 Detroit Red Wings.

  • Chris Chelios (D)
    • 8 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   -4   4 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dan Cleary (RW)
    • 11 GP   1 G   2 A   3 P   +4   19 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   1 Stars
  • Pavel Datsyuk (C)
    • 11 GP   8 G   15 A   23 P   +1   81 S   1 GWG   2 PIM   11 Stars
  • Dallas Drake (RW)
    • 9 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -2   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Matt Ellis (LW)
    • 11 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   +2   10 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Valtteri Filppula (C)
    • 11 GP   3 G   1 A   4 P   +2   21 S   1 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Johan Franzen (C)
    • 11 GP   5 G   1 A   6 P   Even   35 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   1 Stars
  • Tomas Holmstrom (RW)
    • 11 GP   4 G   5 A   9 P   Even   26 S   1 GWG   0 PIM   4 Stars
  • Jimmy Howard (G)
    • 2 GP   0-0-0   1.00 GAA   .959 SV%   0 SO   2 Stars
  • Jiri Hudler (RW)
    • 11 GP   1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   30 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Tomas Kopecky (RW)
    • 10 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   Even   8 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Niklas Kronwall (D)
    • 11 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   +2   8 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   0 Stars
  • Brett Lebda (D)
    • 11 GP   0 G   5 A   5 P   +5   12 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   2 Stars
  • Nicklas Lidstrom (D)
    • 11 GP   1 G   7 A   8 P   +2   25 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Andreas Lilja (D)
    • 11 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   +5   5 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Kirk Maltby (LW)
    • 11 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   Even   16 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Derek Meech (D)
    • 10 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -2   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Chris Osgood (G)
    • 11 GP   6-5-0   2.91 GAA   .900 SV%   0 SO   1 Stars
  • Brian Rafalski (D)
    • 11 GP   1 G   6 A   7 P   +2   22 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Mikael Samuelsson (RW)
    • 11 GP   1 G   2 A   3 P   -1   17 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Brad Stuart (D)
    • 8 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   -4   9 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Henrik Zetterberg (LW)
    • 11 GP   12 G   6 A   18 P   Even   94 S   3 GWG   2 PIM   12 Stars

Bold – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 6-5-0
  • Goals Scored: 41
  • Goals/Game: 3.73
  • Goals Allowed: 34
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 3.09
  • Shots: 444
  • Shots Allowed: 370
  • Shots/Game: 40.4
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 33.6
  • # of PP’s: 26
  • PPG’s: 6
  • PP%: 23.1%
  • TSH: 11
  • PPGA: 2
  • PK%: 81.8%
  • Penalties in minutes: 30

Honestly, I thought there would be a different team representing this franchise in this tournament, but that didn’t happen. This was certainly a very good team, though. After all, they did win a Cup. Here is their stint in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff.

1st Round:

Bye

2nd Round:

Defeated 35th-seeded ’08-’09 Minnesota Wild, 4-1

3rd Round:

Lost to 19th-seeded ’88-’89 Calgary Flames, 4-2

The ’07-’08 Detroit Red Wings finished with a record of 54-21-7, which was good for 115 points and 1st in the Central Division. They had the league’s 3rd best offense in terms of goals scored and finished with the least amount of goals allowed. This team began the playoffs by dispatching of the Nashville Predators in six games and then swept the Colorado Avalanche in the Conference Semifinals. In the Conference Finals, they defeated the Dallas Stars in six games. Then, in the Stanley Cup Final, they defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games to win the franchise’s 11th Stanley Cup.

The “twins” who are still the two best players on the Red Wings were the two main offensive weapons on the ’07-’08 Red Wings. Datsyuk led the team in points with 97 at 31 goals and a team-leading 66 assists. Zetterberg was second on the team in points with 92 and his 43 goals were most among the team. Legendary defenseman Lidstrom was third on the team in points with 70, in 76 games, with 10 goals and 60 assists. And don’t forget about defenseman Rafalski who posted 55 points with 13 goals and 42 assists in 73 games, which was good for fourth on the team. In the regular season, the goaltending duties were split between Osgood and Dominik Hasek, but Hasek was pulled after four games into the playoffs and Osgood led Detroit to the Cup. Besides the Cup, this team won a handful of individual awards. Lidstrom was awarded the Norris Trophy, again, and Datsyuk won both the Lady Byng Trophy and the Frank Selke Trophy.

Up next is the #4 seed, the ’73-’74 Boston Bruins.

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