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1988–89 Detroit Red Wings · NHL
Norris Division Champions
Division 1st Norris
Conference 4th Campbell
1988–89 record 34–34–12
Home record 20–14–6
Road record 14–20–6
Goals for 313
Goals against 316
General Manager Jim Devellano
Coach Jacques Demers
Captain Steve Yzerman
Alternate captains Gerard Gallant
Mike O'Connell
Arena Joe Louis Arena
Team Leaders
Goals Steve Yzerman (65)
Assists Steve Yzerman (90)
Points Steve Yzerman (155)
Penalties in minutes Gerard Gallant (230)
Wins Greg Stefan (21)
Goals against average Glen Hanlon (3.56)
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1987–88 1989–90

The 1988–89 Detroit Red Wings season was the Red Wings' 56th season. The Wings finished 1st in the Norris Division and lost the Division Semi-finals to the Chicago Blackhawks 4 games to 2.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

See also: 1988 NHL Entry Draft
Round Pick Player Nationality College/junior/club team
1 17. Kory Kocur (R) Flag of Canada Canada Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
2 38. Serge Anglehart(D) Flag of Canada Canada Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

  • October 6, 1988: In a game against the Detroit Red Wings, Wayne Gretzky made his debut as a member of the Los Angeles Kings. Gretzky scored on his first shot, and contributed 3 assists in an 8-2 victory. [1]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Norris Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Detroit Red Wings 80 34 34 12 313 316 80
St. Louis Blues 80 33 35 12 275 285 78
Minnesota North Stars 80 27 37 16 258 278 70
Chicago Blackhawks 80 27 41 12 297 335 66
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 28 46 6 259 342 62

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Game Log[edit | edit source]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 6, 1988 2–8 @ Los Angeles Kings (1988–89) 0–1–0
2 T October 8, 1988 3–3 OT @ Vancouver Canucks (1988–89) 0–1–1
3 L October 10, 1988 2–5 @ Calgary Flames (1988–89) 0–2–1
4 T October 14, 1988 8–8 OT St. Louis Blues (1988–89) 0–2–2
5 W October 15, 1988 5–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1988–89) 1–2–2
6 W October 18, 1988 4–3 OT Chicago Blackhawks (1988–89) 2–2–2
7 L October 21, 1988 2–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1988–89) 2–3–2
8 T October 23, 1988 3–3 OT New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 2–3–3
9 W October 26, 1988 4–2 Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 3–3–3
10 W October 28, 1988 4–1 Minnesota North Stars (1988–89) 4–3–3
11 L October 29, 1988 2–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1988–89) 4–4–3
12 T November 1, 1988 3–3 OT Washington Capitals (1988–89) 4–4–4
13 L November 4, 1988 3–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 4–5–4
14 W November 6, 1988 5–2 Edmonton Oilers (1988–89) 5–5–4
15 W November 9, 1988 6–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1988–89) 6–5–4
16 W November 12, 1988 5–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 7–5–4
17 W November 13, 1988 5–3 @ New York Rangers (1988–89) 8–5–4
18 W November 16, 1988 4–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1988–89) 9–5–4
19 W November 18, 1988 5–2 Boston Bruins (1988–89) 10–5–4
20 W November 20, 1988 5–4 OT @ Boston Bruins (1988–89) 11–5–4
21 L November 23, 1988 3–8 Los Angeles Kings (1988–89) 11–6–4
22 W November 25, 1988 6–3 Winnipeg Jets (1988–89) 12–6–4
23 L November 27, 1988 3–4 Washington Capitals (1988–89) 12–7–4
24 W November 29, 1988 5–3 New York Islanders (1988–89) 13–7–4
25 W December 1, 1988 7–3 Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 14–7–4
26 L December 3, 1988 4–6 @ Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 14–8–4
27 L December 5, 1988 2–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 14–9–4
28 W December 9, 1988 4–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1988–89) 15–9–4
29 W December 10, 1988 8–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1988–89) 16–9–4
30 W December 13, 1988 5–4 Minnesota North Stars (1988–89) 17–9–4
31 L December 16, 1988 4–6 Los Angeles Kings (1988–89) 17–10–4
32 L December 17, 1988 2–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1988–89) 17–11–4
33 W December 20, 1988 6–3 St. Louis Blues (1988–89) 18–11–4
34 T December 22, 1988 4–4 OT @ St. Louis Blues (1988–89) 18–11–5
35 L December 23, 1988 2–7 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1988–89) 18–12–5
36 L December 28, 1988 1–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1988–89) 18–13–5
37 L December 30, 1988 3–4 @ Hartford Whalers (1988–89) 18–14–5
38 L December 31, 1988 2–3 Hartford Whalers (1988–89) 18–15–5
39 W January 4, 1989 4–2 St. Louis Blues (1988–89) 19–15–5
40 T January 6, 1989 2–2 OT Vancouver Canucks (1988–89) 19–15–6
41 L January 7, 1989 2–5 @ New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 19–16–6
42 W January 9, 1989 3–2 Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 20–16–6
43 T January 11, 1989 2–2 OT @ Chicago Blackhawks (1988–89) 20–16–7
44 T January 14, 1989 5–5 OT @ Boston Bruins (1988–89) 20–16–8
45 W January 15, 1989 8–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 21–16–8
46 L January 17, 1989 1–7 Calgary Flames (1988–89) 21–17–8
47 L January 20, 1989 2–3 Chicago Blackhawks (1988–89) 21–18–8
48 W January 22, 1989 4–3 @ Washington Capitals (1988–89) 22–18–8
49 L January 25, 1989 3–6 Buffalo Sabres (1988–89) 22–19–8
50 W January 27, 1989 8–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1988–89) 23–19–8
51 L January 28, 1989 5–10 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1988–89) 23–20–8
52 L January 30, 1989 3–4 Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 23–21–8
53 L February 2, 1989 2–3 OT @ Calgary Flames (1988–89) 23–22–8
54 L February 3, 1989 5–8 @ Edmonton Oilers (1988–89) 23–23–8
55 W February 5, 1989 6–2 @ Winnipeg Jets (1988–89) 24–23–8
56 L February 9, 1989 3–6 New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 24–24–8
57 W February 11, 1989 5–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1988–89) 25–24–8
58 T February 13, 1989 2–2 OT Winnipeg Jets (1988–89) 25–24–9
59 W February 15, 1989 4–2 Minnesota North Stars (1988–89) 26–24–9
60 L February 17, 1989 3–5 Chicago Blackhawks (1988–89) 26–25–9
61 L February 19, 1989 4–8 @ Buffalo Sabres (1988–89) 26–26–9
62 W February 21, 1989 6–5 @ New York Islanders (1988–89) 27–26–9
63 T February 23, 1989 6–6 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (1988–89) 27–26–10
64 W February 25, 1989 5–0 Chicago Blackhawks (1988–89) 28–26–10
65 T February 26, 1989 4–4 OT @ Chicago Blackhawks (1988–89) 28–26–11
66 W March 1, 1989 6–5 New York Islanders (1988–89) 29–26–11
67 W March 4, 1989 5–4 OT @ St. Louis Blues (1988–89) 30–26–11
68 L March 7, 1989 3–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1988–89) 30–27–11
69 W March 9, 1989 3–2 New York Rangers (1988–89) 31–27–11
70 L March 11, 1989 3–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1988–89) 31–28–11
71 T March 14, 1989 2–2 OT @ Vancouver Canucks (1988–89) 31–28–12
72 W March 15, 1989 8–6 @ Edmonton Oilers (1988–89) 32–28–12
73 L March 18, 1989 2–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1988–89) 32–29–12
74 L March 19, 1989 3–5 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1988–89) 32–30–12
75 W March 24, 1989 6–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1988–89) 33–30–12
76 L March 25, 1989 5–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1988–89) 33–31–12
77 L March 27, 1989 2–3 St. Louis Blues (1988–89) 33–32–12
78 W March 29, 1989 4–3 New York Rangers (1988–89) 34–32–12
79 L March 31, 1989 1–5 Minnesota North Stars (1988–89) 34–33–12
80 L April 2, 1989 2–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1988–89) 34–34–12

Chicago Blackhawks 4, Detroit Red Wings 2[edit | edit source]

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 5 Chicago Blackhawks 2 Detroit Red Wings 3
April 6 Chicago Blackhawks 5 Detroit Red Wings 4 (OT)
April 8 Detroit Red Wings 2 Chicago Blackhawks 4
April 9 Detroit Red Wings 2 Chicago Blackhawks 3
April 11 Chicago Blackhawks 4 Detroit Red Wings 6
April 13 Detroit Red Wings 1 Chicago Blackhawks 7

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Forwards[edit | edit source]

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

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Steve Yzerman 80 65 90 155 61
Gerard Gallant 76 39 54 93 230
Adam Oates 69 16 62 78 14
Paul MacLean 76 36 35 71 118
Dave Barr 73 27 32 59 69
Shawn Burr 79 19 27 46 78
Petr Klíma 51 25 16 41 44
Joe Kocur 60 9 9 18 213
Miroslav Fryčer 23 7 8 15 47
Jim Nill 71 8 7 15 83
Tim Higgins 42 5 9 14 62
Adam Graves 56 7 5 12 60
John Chabot 52 2 10 12 6
Joe Murphy 26 1 7 8 28
Bob Probert 25 4 2 6 106
Dale Krentz 16 3 3 6 4
Kris King 55 2 3 5 168
Torrie Robertson 12 2 2 4 63
Brent Fedyk 5 2 0 2 0
Jeff Brubaker 1 0 0 0 0
Miroslav Ihnacák 1 0 0 0 0
Randy McKay 3 0 0 0 0

Defense[edit | edit source]

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

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Steve Chiasson 65 12 35 47 149
Lee Norwood 66 10 32 42 100
Rick Zombo 75 1 20 21 106
Mike O'Connell 66 1 15 16 41
Jeff Sharples 46 4 9 13 26
Doug Houda 57 2 11 13 67
Jim Pavese 39 3 6 9 130
Gilbert Delorme 42 1 3 4 51
John Mokosak 8 0 1 1 14
Doug Halward 18 0 1 1 36
John Blum 6 0 0 0 8

Goaltending[edit | edit source]

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

Player GP MIN W L T SO GAA
Greg Stefan 46 2499 21 17 3 0 4.01
Glen Hanlon 39 2092 13 14 8 1 3.56
Sam St. Laurent 4 141 0 1 1 0 3.83
Tim Cheveldae 2 122 0 2 0 0 4.43

[2]

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Gretzky’s Tears, Stephen Brunt, pp.182-183, Alfred A. Knopf Publishers, Toronto, Canada, 2009, ISBN 978-0-307-39729-4
  2. 1988–89 Detroit Red Wings at Hockey Reference
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