2005–06 Detroit Red Wings season
|2005–06 Detroit Red Wings|
Presidents' Trophy winners
Central Division champions
|General Manager||Ken Holland|
|Alternate captains||Nicklas Lidstrom|
|Arena||Joe Louis Arena|
|Average attendance||20,066 (100%)|
|Goals||Brendan Shanahan (40)|
|Assists||Nicklas Lidstrom (64)|
|Points||Pavel Datsyuk (87)|
|Penalty minutes||Chris Chelios (108)|
|Plus/minus||Mathieu Schneider (33)|
|Wins||Manny Legace (37)|
|Goals against average||Manny Legace (2.19)|
The 2005–06 Detroit Red Wings season was the 80th National Hockey League season in Detroit, Michigan. The Wings once again found themselves having the best regular season record, scoring 124 points for the second-highest point total in franchise history.
The Red Wings began the season with a conflict in goal as recent pickup Chris Osgood was injured in preseason activities and unproven Manny Legace was to start in goal. Legace played great, winning 10 of his first 11 games, and quickly earned the starting goaltender job. The Red Wings decided to start Legace in the playoffs but his inexperience quickly showed and Detroit was knocked out in the first round by the Edmonton Oilers.
Detroit defenseman, Jiri Fischer, suffered a cardiac arrest in the first period of a game against the Nashville Predators on November 21. The game was stopped and eventually called as many fans in Joe Louis Arena either could not see what was going on or looked on in horror. Fischer was given CPR on the Wings' bench and then carried out on a stretcher. Nashville had a 1–0 lead within the game and it was decided that the score would be added onto the rescheduled game later in the season.
The Red Wings sold out all 41 home games in 2005–06, as 20,066 fans packed Joe Louis Arena for every regular season and playoff game played in Detroit.
There was no All-Star Game this year as the Winter Olympics in Turin took place in February 2006, where nine Red Wings players represented their countries. Kris Draper represented Canada, Chris Chelios represented the United States, Robert Lang represented the Czech Republic, Pavel Datsyuk represented Russia, and Nicklas Lidstrom, Mikael Samuelsson, Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall and Tomas Holmstrom represented Sweden. Team Canada Head Coach Wayne Gretzky told Steve Yzerman it was his decision as to whether he wanted to play in the 2006 Olympics. Citing his age and playing ability, Yzerman bowed out to give up his roster spot to a "more deserving player."
Sweden won the gold medal in ice hockey, as all three goals scored in the gold medal game were by Red Wing players. Red Wings' Head Coach Mike Babcock decided to give the five gold medal winners from Detroit time to return to Sweden to celebrate. They only missed one game, February 28 against the San Jose Sharks. In that game, Detroit suffered their worst loss of the season, losing by four goals.
For the first time in 10 years, Detroit was not shut out in any of their 82 regular season games. Offensively, Detroit trailed only the Ottawa Senators in scoring and shots on goal, with 301 goals (305 including the four shootout-winning goals) and 2,796 shots, respectively. Furthermore, for the first time since the 1992–93 season, the Red Wings scored more than 100 power play goals during the regular season, this time with 102.
Defensively, the Red Wings finished second in most shutouts for, with nine and allowed only 206 goals (209 including three shootout-winning goals), good enough for third overall.
- 1 Regular season
- 2 Schedule and results
- 3 Playoffs
- 4 Player stats
- 5 Awards and records
- 6 Transactions
- 7 Farm teams
- 8 See also
- 9 References
The Red Wings finished the regular season with the League's best power-play percentage, at 22.13% (102 for 461).
|1||1||Detroit Red Wings||82||58||16||8||305||209||124|
|3||13||Columbus Blue Jackets||82||35||43||4||223||279||74|
|5||15||St. Louis Blues||82||21||46||15||197||292||57|
Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.
|1||P- Detroit Red Wings||CE||82||58||16||8||305||209||124|
|2||Y- Dallas Stars||PA||82||53||23||6||265||218||112|
|3||Y- Calgary Flames||NW||82||46||25||11||218||200||103|
|4||X- Nashville Predators||CE||82||49||25||8||259||227||106|
|5||X- San Jose Sharks||PA||82||44||27||11||266||242||99|
|6||X- Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||PA||82||43||27||12||254||229||98|
|7||X- Colorado Avalanche||NW||82||43||30||9||283||257||95|
|8||X- Edmonton Oilers||NW||82||41||28||13||256||251||95|
|8||Los Angeles Kings||PA||82||42||35||5||249||270||89|
|13||Columbus Blue Jackets||CE||82||35||43||4||223||279||74|
|15||St. Louis Blues||CE||82||21||46||15||197||292||57|
Divisions: CE – Central, PA – Pacific, NW – Northwest
P – Clinched Presidents Trophy; Y – Clinched Division; X – Clinched Playoff spot
For complete final standings, see 2005–06 NHL season
Schedule and results
Record: 11–1–0; Home: 5–1–0; Road: 6–0–0
|1||October 5||St. Louis||1 – 5||Detroit||Legace||20,066||1–0–0||2|
|2||October 6||Detroit||4 – 3||St. Louis||Legace||15,318||2–0–0||4|
|3||October 9||Calgary||3 – 6||Detroit||Legace||20,066||3–0–0||6|
|4||October 10||Vancouver||4 – 2||Detroit||Legace||20,066||3–1–0||6|
|5||October 13||Detroit||5 – 2||Los Angeles||Legace||18,118||4–1–0||8|
|6||October 15||Detroit||2 – 0||Phoenix||Legace||17,799||5–1–0||10|
|7||October 17||San Jose||2 – 3||Detroit||OT||Legace||20,066||6–1–0||12|
|8||October 21||Anaheim||2 – 3||Detroit||Legace||20,066||7–1–0||14|
|9||October 22||Detroit||6 – 0||Columbus||Legace||18,136||8–1–0||16|
|10||October 24||Detroit||6 – 2||Columbus||Legace||16,098||9–1–0||18|
|11||October 27||Chicago||2 – 5||Detroit||Legace||20,066||10–1–0||20|
|12||October 29||Detroit||4 – 2||Chicago||Osgood||20,658||11–1–0||22|
Record: 7–5–2; Home: 4–2–1; Road: 3–3–1
|13||November 1||Chicago||1 – 4||Detroit||Osgood||20,066||12–1–0||24|
|14||November 3||Edmonton||4 – 3||Detroit||OT||Osgood||20,066||12–1–1||25|
|15||November 5||Phoenix||4 – 1||Detroit||Osgood||20,066||12–2–1||25|
|16||November 6||Detroit||4 – 1||St. Louis||Osgood||13,211||13–2–1||27|
|17||November 9||Los Angeles||5 – 4||Detroit||OT||Legace||20,066||14–2–1||29|
|18||November 11||Minnesota||1 – 3||Detroit||Legace||20,066||15–2–1||31|
|19||November 13||Detroit||1 – 4||Vancouver||Legace||18,630||15–3–1||31|
|20||November 16||Detroit||1 – 3||Calgary||Legace||19,289||15–4–1||31|
|21||November 17||Detroit||5 – 6||Edmonton||OT||Osgood||20,066||15–4–2||32|
|22||November 19||St. Louis||3 – 2||Detroit||Legace||20,066||15–5–2||32|
|23||November 23||Colorado||3 – 7||Detroit||Legace||20,066||16–5–2||34|
|24||November 25||Detroit||1 – 3||Anaheim||Osgood||17,174||16–6–2||34|
|25||November 26||Detroit||7 – 6||San Jose||Osgood||17,496||17–6–2||36|
|26||November 28||Detroit||5 – 2||Los Angeles||Howard||18,118||18–6–2||38|
† Game was cancelled with 7:31 left in the first period after Jiri Fischer suffered heart failure on the bench. Nashville was ahead 1–0 and the score would be added to a January 23 rescheduled game. Fischer was tended to and would soon after retire due to an enlarged heart and complications resulting thereof. He currently is director of player development for the Red Wings organization.
Record: 8–3–1; Home: 4–2–0; Road: 4–1–1
|27||December 1||Calgary||3 – 2||Detroit||Howard||20,066||18–7–2||38|
|28||December 4||NY Islanders||2 – 1||Detroit||Howard||20,066||18–8–2||38|
|29||December 6||New Jersey||2 – 5||Detroit||Osgood||20,066||19–8–2||40|
|30||December 9||Detroit||4 – 3||Washington||Osgood||18,277||20–8–2||42|
|31||December 12||Pittsburgh||1 – 3||Detroit||Osgood||20,066||21–8–2||44|
|32||December 13||Detroit||6 – 7||Atlanta||Osgood||17,559||21–9–2||44|
|33||December 15||Detroit||2 – 3||Florida||OT||Osgood||17,716||21–9–3||45|
|34||December 17||Detroit||6 – 3||Tampa Bay||Osgood||21,204||22–9–3||47|
|35||December 20||Columbus||3 – 4||Detroit||SO||Osgood||20,066||23–9–3||49|
|36||December 23||Detroit||3 – 2||Chicago||OT||Osgood||20,543||24–9–3||51|
|37||December 27||Detroit||4 – 1||Dallas||Osgood||18,584||25–9–3||53|
|38||December 31||Columbus||2 – 3||Detroit||OT||Osgood||20,066||26–9–3||55|
Record: 8–4–2; Home: 4–3–1; Road: 4–1–1
|39||January 3||Minnesota||4 – 2||Detroit||Osgood||20,066||26–10–3||55|
|40||January 5||St. Louis||0 – 3||Detroit||Legace||20,066||27–10–3||57|
|41||January 6||Detroit||3 – 1||Nashville||Legace||17,113||28–10–3||59|
|42||January 8||Dallas||6 – 3||Detroit||Osgood||20,066||28–11–3||59|
|43||January 10||Detroit||2 – 3||Carolina||Legace||18,730||28–12–3||59|
|44||January 12||Philadelphia||3 – 6||Detroit||Legace||20,066||29–12–3||61|
|45||January 14||NY Rangers||3 – 4||Detroit||Legace||20,066||30–12–3||63|
|46||January 18||Detroit||4 – 0||Columbus||Osgood||17,089||31–12–3||65|
|47||January 21||Detroit||4 – 3||Colorado||Legace||18,007||32–12–3||67|
|48||January 23†||Nashville||3 – 2||Detroit||Legace||20,066||32–13–3||67|
|49||January 24||Nashville||2 – 1||Detroit||OT||Legace||20,066||32–13–4||67|
|50||January 26||Vancouver||1 – 2||Detroit||Legace||20,066||33–13–4||69|
|51||January 28||Detroit||1 – 2||Dallas||SO||Legace||18,584||33–13–5||71|
|52||January 30||Detroit||5 – 4||Minnesota||Legace||18,568||34–13–5||73|
†Makeup date for the November 21st game that was postponed. Nashville started the game with a 1–0 lead.
Record: 5–1–0; Home: 3–0–0; Road: 2–1–0
|53||February 1||St. Louis||2 – 3||Detroit||Legace||20,066||35–13–5||75|
|54||February 4||Detroit||3 – 0||Colorado||Legace||18,007||36–13–5||77|
|55||February 8||Nashville||0 – 6||Detroit||Legace||20,066||37–13–5||79|
|56||February 9||Detroit||3 – 2||Nashville||Legace||17,113||38–13–5||81|
|57||February 12||Colorado||3 – 6||Detroit||Legace||20,066||39–13–5||83|
|58||February 28||Detroit||1 – 5||San Jose||Legace||17,496||39–14–5||83|
Record: 11–1–3; Home: 4–1–3; Road: 7–0–0
|59||March 1||Detroit||2 – 0||Anaheim||Osgood||16,606||40–14–5||85|
|60||March 4||Detroit||7 – 3||Phoenix||Legace||18,619||41–14–5||87|
|61||March 7||Phoenix||5 – 2||Detroit||Legace||20,066||41–15–5||89|
|62||March 9||Los Angeles||3 – 7||Detroit||Legace||20,066||42–15–5||89|
|63||March 11||Chicago||4 – 6||Detroit||Legace||20,066||43–15–5||91|
|64||March 12||Detroit||5 – 3||Chicago||Osgood||19,136||44–15–5||93|
|65||March 15||Anaheim||1 – 3||Detroit||Osgood||20,066||45–15–5||95|
|66||March 18||Detroit||4 – 3||Edmonton||SO||Legace||16,839||46–15–5||97|
|67||March 19||Detroit||7 – 3||Vancouver||Osgood||18,630||47–15–5||99|
|68||March 21||Nashville||3 – 2||Detroit||SO||Legace||20,066||47–15–6||100|
|69||March 23||San Jose||0 – 4||Detroit||Legace||20,066||48–15–6||102|
|70||March 25||Columbus||5 – 4||Detroit||SO||Osgood||20,066||48–15–7||103|
|71||March 27||Detroit||4 – 1||St. Louis||Legace||12,834||49–15–7||105|
|72||March 30||Detroit||4 – 2||Nashville||Legace||16,570||50–15–7||107|
|73||March 31||Chicago||3 – 2||Detroit||OT||Osgood||20,066||50–15–8||108|
Record: 8–1–0; Home: 3–0–0; Road: 5–1–0
|74||April 2||Detroit||3 – 2||Minnesota||Legace||18,568||51–15–8||110|
|75||April 3||Detroit||2 – 1||Calgary||SO||Osgood||19,289||52–15–8||112|
|76||April 7||Columbus||6 – 5||Detroit||SO||Legace||20,066||53–15–8||114|
|77||April 8||Detroit||4 – 2||Columbus||Osgood||18,136||54–15–8||116|
|78||April 11||Edmonton||0 – 2||Detroit||Legace||20,066||55–15–8||118|
|79||April 13||Detroit||7 – 3||Chicago||Legace||15,117||56–15–8||120|
|80||April 15||Detroit||3 – 2||St. Louis||Osgood||16,094||57–15–8||122|
|81||April 17||Dallas||2 – 3||Detroit||Legace||20,066||58–15–8||124|
|82||April 18||Detroit||3 – 6||Nashville||Osgood||17,113||58–16–8||124|
- Green background indicates win.
- Red background indicates regulation loss.
- White background indicates overtime/shootout loss.
The Detroit Red Wings ended the 2005–06 regular season as the Western Conference's first seed and played Edmonton in the first round. Edmonton would go on to defeat Detroit and reach the Stanley Cup Finals, losing in Game 7 to the Carolina Hurricanes.
Western Conference Quarter-finals: vs. (8) Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton wins series 4–2
|1||April 21||Edmonton||2 – 3||Detroit||OT||Legace||20,066||1 – 0|
|2||April 23||Edmonton||4 – 2||Detroit||Legace||20,066||1 – 1|
|3||April 25||Detroit||3 – 4||Edmonton||OT||Legace||16,839||1 – 2|
|4||April 27||Detroit||4 – 2||Edmonton||Legace||16,839||2 – 2|
|5||April 29||Edmonton||3 – 2||Detroit||Legace||20,066||2 – 3|
|6||May 1||Detroit||3 – 4||Edmonton||Legace||16,839||2 – 4|
- Green background indicates win.
- Red background indicates loss.
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes
*Stats reflect games played with Detroit only.
Note: GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average
Awards and records
Trophies and awards
- Presidents' Trophy: Detroit Red Wings
- James Norris Memorial Trophy: Nicklas Lidstrom
- Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Pavel Datsyuk
- Lester Patrick Trophy: Steve Yzerman
Nicklas Lidstrom recorded his 600th career assist on March 7, 2006.
|March 9, 2006||To Phoenix Coyotes
|To Detroit Red Wings |
Seventh-round pick in 2006 Draft
|March 9, 2006||To Detroit Red Wings
|To Pittsburgh Penguins |
Fourth-round pick in 2007 Draft
As there was no 2004–05 season to set the order for the draft, a lottery was held in which teams were assigned a number of balls, between one and three, based on the number of playoff appearances the team had had in the past three seasons. As the Red Wings had made the playoffs three consecutive seasons, they were given only one ball in the lottery. The Red Wings ended up with the 19th overall pick.
|Round||#||Player||Nationality||College/Junior/Club Team (League)|
|1||19||Jakub Kindl (D)||Czech Republic||Kitchener Rangers (OHL)|
|2||42||Justin Abdelkader (LW)||United States||Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)|
|3||80||Christofer Lofberg (C)||Sweden||Djurgardens IF|
|4||103||Mattias Ritola (C/W)||Sweden||Leksands IF Jr. (Sweden)|
|5||132||Darren Helm (LW)||Canada||Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)|
|5||137||Johan Ryno (RW)||Sweden||Kumla Jr. (Sweden Jr.)|
|5||151||Jeff May||Canada||Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)|
|6||175||Juho Mielonen||Finland||Ilves (Finland Jr.)|
|7||214||Bretton Stamler||Canada||Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)|
Grand Rapids Griffins
Two players were signed to short deals from the storm this year including, G. Moore Sr. And A. McCarthy. Neither of which saw playing time.
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