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The Detroit Red Wings are a professional hockey team in the National Hockey League (the NHL). The Detroit Red Wings play in the Central Division of the Western Conference with four other teams: the Chicago Blackhawks, the St. Louis Blues, the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Nashville Predators. Red Wings tickets will be a hot item during the 2009-2010 NHL hockey schedule.
Detroit Red Wings 2009-2010 Outlook
The Detroit Red Wings have high, but tempered hopes for the 2009-2010 NHL season. The Red Wings have reached the Stanley Cup finals each of the last 2 years - defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2007-2008, but losing to the Penguins in 2008-2009. The Red Wings understand that the West's Central Division is as tough as its ever been, but the organization still feels like it has enough weapons to win and sustain a long playoff run in 2009-2010. The Red Wings lost amazing goal-scorer Marian Hossa to the division-rival Chicago Blackhawks and they also lost great wingers Tomas Kopecky and Mikael Samuelsson and Center Jiri Hudler. That being said, the Red Wings still have one of the game's most prolific points-generator in Center Pavel Datsyuk. They also have solid wingers Henrik Zetterberg and Daniel Cleary, and they are excited with the off-season signings of wingers Todd Bertuzzi and Patrick Eaves. So while it may take a little time for the offense to click on all cylinders with the addition of fresh faces in the off-season, the Red Wings will still be the team to beat in the Central Division until someone else shows that they're ready to take the throne. Nicklas Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski anchor a solid defense in front of veteran goalies Jimmy Howard and Chris Osgood. Look for Head Coach Mike Babcock to go to Howard more often as the season progresses if he can show that he can handle the load in front of the net on a consistent basis. The Red Wings organization clearly knows what it takes to bring home 16 wins and a Stanley Cup trophy once the post-season begins. Although it might be a "so-so" season for the Red Wings during the 2009-2010 NHL season, look for the Red Wings to turn on the boosters in April, May and June to push for a 3rd consecutive trip to the Stanley Cup finals. Get your Red Wings hockey tickets at Joe Louis Arena before it's too late.
The Detroit Red Wings were originally founded in 1926 in Detroit, Michigan as the Detroit Cougars. The Detroit NHL franchise was known as the Detroit Cougars from 1926 through 1930 and as the Detroit Falcons from 1930 through 1932. The franchise officially became known as the Detroit Red Wings with the start of the 1932-1933 NHL season. The Detroit Red Wings are one of the Original Six teams in the NHL – along with the New York Rangers, the Boston Bruins, the Montreal Canadiens, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Detroit Red Wings have retired the following players’ numbers: Terry Sawchuk's #1; Ted Lindsay’s #7; Gordie Howe’s #9; Alex Delvecchio's #10; Sid Abel's #12; Steve Yzerman’s #19; and Wayne Gretzky's #99 (retired league-wide by the NHL on February 6, 2000). Two jersey numbers are also out of circulation, although technically not considered to be retired numbers: Larry Aurie’s #6 and Vladimir Konstantinov’s #16.
Detroit Red Wings TV/Radio
All Detroit Red Wings hockey games can be seen on the Fox Sports Detroit television network in the greater Detroit area. ESPN has television rights to Detroit Red Wings hockey games based on the popularity of the game. Tune into the Detroit Red Wings flagship stations WXYT 1270 on your AM dial and WXYT 97.1 on your FM dial to catch each Detroit Red Wings hockey game on the radio.