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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)
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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.

Offseason[edit | edit source]

NHL Draft[edit | edit source]

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

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Sergei Fedorov's Holdout[edit | edit source]

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 standings[edit | edit source]

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 log[edit | edit source]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 1, 1997 3–1 @ Calgary Flames (1997–98) 1–0–0
2 W October 3, 1997 8–2 @ Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 2–0–0
3 W October 8, 1997 3–1 Dallas Stars (1997–98) 3–0–0
4 W October 10, 1997 3–0 Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 4–0–0
5 T October 12, 1997 4–4 OT Calgary Flames (1997–98) 4–0–1
6 W October 14, 1997 3–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 5–0–1
7 L October 15, 1997 3–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 5–1–1
8 W October 18, 1997 4–2 Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 6–1–1
9 T October 20, 1997 3–3 OT St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 6–1–2
10 W October 22, 1997 4–1 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 7–1–2
11 W October 23, 1997 4–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 8–1–2
12 W October 26, 1997 5–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1997–98) 9–1–2
13 W October 29, 1997 4–3 San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 10–1–2
14 L October 31, 1997 1–5 Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 10–2–2
15 W November 2, 1997 4–3 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 11–2–2
16 L November 5, 1997 1–3 @ Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 11–3–2
17 T November 7, 1997 1–1 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 11–3–3
18 W November 9, 1997 6–3 Calgary Flames (1997–98) 12–3–3
19 L November 11, 1997 0–2 Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 12–4–3
20 W November 13, 1997 4–2 @ Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 13–4–3
21 L November 15, 1997 2–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 13–5–3
22 T November 16, 1997 3–3 OT @ Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 13–5–4
23 L November 19, 1997 2–3 New York Islanders (1997–98) 13–6–4
24 W November 21, 1997 4–2 Dallas Stars (1997–98) 14–6–4
25 W November 22, 1997 5–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 15–6–4
26 W November 26, 1997 4–1 Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 16–6–4
27 W November 28, 1997 2–0 Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 17–6–4
28 T December 1, 1997 3–3 OT @ Vancouver Canucks (1997–98) 17–6–5
29 W December 3, 1997 4–3 @ Calgary Flames (1997–98) 18–6–5
30 L December 5, 1997 1–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 18–7–5
31 W December 9, 1997 7–5 Vancouver Canucks (1997–98) 19–7–5
32 L December 12, 1997 2–3 Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 19–8–5
33 T December 14, 1997 3–3 OT @ Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 19–8–6
34 L December 16, 1997 1–5 @ San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 19–9–6
35 T December 17, 1997 2–2 OT @ Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 19–9–7
36 W December 19, 1997 5–4 New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 20–9–7
37 W December 22, 1997 4–2 @ Boston Bruins (1997–98) 21–9–7
38 W December 23, 1997 3–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 22–9–7
39 W December 26, 1997 4–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 23–9–7
40 W December 27, 1997 8–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 24–9–7
41 T December 29, 1997 2–2 OT Dallas Stars (1997–98) 24–9–8
42 W December 31, 1997 5–2 St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 25–9–8
43 L January 2, 1998 1–4 San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 25–10–8
44 L January 4, 1998 1–3 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 25–11–8
45 W January 6, 1998 2–0 Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 26–11–8
46 T January 9, 1998 3–3 OT @ Dallas Stars (1997–98) 26–11–9
47 W January 11, 1998 2–0 Washington Capitals (1997–98) 27–11–9
48 T January 12, 1998 1–1 OT @ New York Islanders (1997–98) 27–11–10
49 W January 14, 1998 4–0 Vancouver Canucks (1997–98) 28–11–10
50 L January 20, 1998 1–3 @ New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 28–12–10
51 L January 21, 1998 0–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 28–13–10
52 W January 24, 1998 1–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 29–13–10
53 T January 28, 1998 4–4 OT Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 29–13–11
54 L January 31, 1998 2–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 29–14–11
55 W February 1, 1998 4–2 @ Washington Capitals (1997–98) 30–14–11
56 T February 3, 1998 1–1 OT @ Florida Panthers (1997–98) 30–14–12
57 W February 5, 1998 5–4 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 31–14–12
58 L February 7, 1998 1–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 31–15–12
59 T February 25, 1998 1–1 OT Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 31–15–13
60 W February 27, 1998 3–1 Florida Panthers (1997–98) 32–15–13
61 W March 2, 1998 3–1 @ Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 33–15–13
62 W March 4, 1998 2–0 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 34–15–13
63 L March 5, 1998 4–5 @ San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 34–16–13
64 L March 7, 1998 1–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 34–17–13
65 L March 10, 1998 3–6 Boston Bruins (1997–98) 34–18–13
66 W March 12, 1998 3–0 Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 35–18–13
67 L March 14, 1998 1–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 35–19–13
68 W March 17, 1998 4–3 Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 36–19–13
69 W March 18, 1998 5–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 37–19–13
70 W March 21, 1998 4–3 @ New York Rangers (1997–98) 38–19–13
71 T March 23, 1998 5–5 OT Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 38–19–14
72 T March 26, 1998 3–3 OT Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 38–19–15
73 L March 28, 1998 2–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 38–20–15
74 W March 29, 1998 4–2 Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 39–20–15
75 W April 1, 1998 2–0 Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 40–20–15
76 W April 4, 1998 3–2 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 41–20–15
77 W April 7, 1998 5–3 St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 42–20–15
78 W April 9, 1998 5–1 Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 43–20–15
79 W April 11, 1998 5–2 New York Rangers (1997–98) 44–20–15
80 L April 14, 1998 1–2 @ Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 44–21–15
81 L April 15, 1998 1–3 @ Dallas Stars (1997–98) 44–22–15
82 L April 18, 1998 3–4 @ Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 44–23–15

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 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

Defencemen[edit | edit source]

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

Goaltending[edit | edit source]

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

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Stanley Cup Finals[edit | edit source]

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 Champions[edit | edit source]

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 records[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  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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