About Detroit Red Wings
The Detroit Red Wings came to existence in 1926 as the Detroit Cougars and are one of the Original Six teams. For two seasons in 1930 to 1932 the team was known as the Falcons, eventually ending up with the Red Wings.
The franchise is one of the most popular amongst the fans and commentators. The Red wings won Stanley Cup 11 times, the most of any NHL franchise based in the USA, and the third overall behind the Canadians and the Maple Leafs.
The team went through one long period of struggle when they reached the playoffs only 8 times in years 1966-1991 but since then, the fortunes turned around to the successful ones again and the Red Wings went into post season 28 times in last 30 years which includes the longest current streak of playoff appearances in all North American pro sports at 24.
The franchise registered 6 seasons when they were awarded President’s’ Trophy and altogether they won 19 division titles but they are yet to win one since the league’s realignment in 2013 that put the Red Wings in Atlantic Division in Eastern Conference.
The team’s colours are simply red and white and their mascot is obviously an octopus named Al that came to existence in 1995.
Jeff Blashill is the head coach and this is his first post as a NHL coach having coached at lower levels such as the NCAA or AHL since 1999.
The Red Wings starting goaltender is Jimmy Howard but the team also is developing younger Petr Mrazek for the future. Howard has been with the team since 2005 in backup roles initially, that slowly led to more prominent role on the team.
The team’s captain is Henrik Zetterberg drafted by the Red Wings in 1999, the center started playing in NHL in 2002. He helped the franchise to win Stanley Cup in 2008 along getting awarded Conn Smythe Trophy (NHL MVP) the same season. He is well known for his offensive skills on the ice and for his contributions to local community as he was awarded the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2015.
He can count on support from his teammate Pavel Datsyuk who spent all his nhl career with the franchise playing as center. Datsyuk is well known for his great sportsmanship and fair play attitude. He earned himself NHL Plus-Minus award in 2008 for leading the league in this statistic.
The franchise also counts on rookie Dylan Larkin, who they drafted in 2015, to develop as the future center of the franchise.
With such great amount of experience and leadership the Red wings can challenge at the same time developing their young players for the future.