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

The 3rd-seeded '07-'08 Detroit Red Wings

The 3rd-seeded ’07-’08 Detroit Red Wings

  • Chris Chelios (D)
    • 16 GP   0 G   4 A   4 P   -2   14 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dan Cleary (RW)
    • 16 GP   1 G   3 A   4 P   -1   38 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Pavel Datsyuk (C)
    • 16 GP   9 G   14 A   23 P   -2   132 S   2 GWG   4 PIM   7 Stars
  • Dallas Drake (RW)
    • 15 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -2   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Matt Ellis (LW)
    • 16 GP   0 G   4 A   4 P   +1   18 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Valtteri Filppula (C)
    • 16 GP   4 G   2 A   6 P   +1   31 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   3 Stars
  • Johan Franzen (C)
    • 16 GP   3 G   1 A   4 P   -4   38 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   1 Stars
  • Tomas Holmstrom (RW)
    • 16 GP   3 G   5 A   8 P   -4   36 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   2 Stars
  • Jimmy Howard (G)
    • 1 GP   0 GS   1-0-0   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV%   0 SO   0 Stars
  • Jiri Hudler (RW)
    • 16 GP   4 G   3 A   7 P   +1   40 S   1 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Tomas Kopecky (RW)
    • 16 GP   1 G   2 A   3 P   -1   4 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Niklas Kronwall (D)
    • 16 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   -1   3 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Nicklas Lidstrom (D)
    • 16 GP   4 G   13 A   17 P   +3*   41 S   1 GWG   0 PIM   3 Stars
  • Andreas Lilja (D)
    • 16 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -4   12 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Kirk Maltby (LW)
    • 16 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   -4   18 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Derek Meech (D)
    • 15 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -3   3 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Chris Osgood (G)
    • 16 GP   16 GS   9-6-0   3.19 GAA   .897 SV%   3 SO   12 Stars
  • Brian Rafalski (D)
    • 16 GP   5 G   12 A   17 P   +3*   35 S   1 GWG   4 PIM   2 Stars
  • Mikael Samuelsson (RW)
    • 16 GP   2 G   3 A   5 P   +2   54 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Brad Stuart (D)
    • 16 GP   0 G   5 A   5 P   -2   21 S   0 GWG   12* PIM   0 Stars
  • Henrik Zetterberg (LW)
    • 16 GP   16* G   15* A   31* P   -2   162* S (4th in tournament)   5* GWG (T-2nd in tournament)   2 PIM   14* Stars

* – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 10-6-0
  • Goals Scored: 54
  • Goals/Game: 3.38
  • Goals Allowed: 53
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 3.31
  • Shots: 708
  • Shots Allowed: 500
  • Shots/Game: 44.3
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 31.3
  • # of PP’s: 38
  • PPG’s: 13
  • PP%: 34.2% – 4th-best in tournament
  • TSH: 18
  • PPGA: 5
  • PK%: 72.2%
  • Penalties in minutes: 60

I thought one of the incredible Detroit teams from the ’90s would represent the Red Wings, but the ’07-’08 Red Wings have now represented the Original Six franchise in both Ultimate NHL Playoffs. They fared a little better here in their second appearance.

First Round:

Bye

Second Round:

Defeated 30th-seeded ’85-’86 Hartford Whalers, 4-2

Third Round:

Swept 14th-seeded ’34-’35 Montreal Maroons, 4-0, including two shutouts

Quarterfinal:

Took 2-0 series lead over 6th-seeded ’84-’85 Edmonton Oilers, but lost the next four to be eliminated in six games

Under head coach Mike Babcock, 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, averaging 3.13 goals per game, and finished with the least amount of goals allowed, allowing only 2.24 goals a game. Hockey Reference ranked Detroit’s strength of schedule 15th, out of 30 teams, while they had the highest SRS in the league, which was also the ninth-best ranking for a season in franchise history. 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. Of players who appeared in more than half of their games, Tomas Holmstrom posted the highest Corsi% (64.0) for Detroit, just beating out Z at 63.8%. However, Z narrowly beat out Holmstrom for the team’s best Fenwick For %, 63.9 to 63.7%. All that said, it was Lidstrom who had the highest Point Share for the Wings at 14.4 while Z was second at 13.0. 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 are the 2nd-seeded ’44-’45 Toronto Maple Leafs!

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