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The Detroit Red Wings are one of the most storied teams in the National Hockey League. The Wings are the reigning Stanley Cup Champions and have drank from Lord Stanley’s Cup 11 times; 1936, 1937, 1943, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2008. The team is one of the Original Six, the six teams that were left after the NHL’s depression era contraction. The Original Six were the NHL for 25 years, from 1942 to the 1967 expansion the doubled the teams to 12.
The run of 1950 – 1955 string of four Stanley Cups in six seasons were the Gordie Howe era. The Detroit Red Wings eliminated the Toronto Maple Leafs in each of the Semifinals of all four championship seasons. After beating the New York Rangers for the Cup in 1950, the Detroit Red Wings swept the Montreal Canadiens in the 1952 Finals. In 1954 the teams met again and the Canadiens were hungry for revenge for their humiliation two years before. The 1954 Stanly Cup Final series was the stuff of legend, trumped only by the 1955 rematch. The Detroit Red Wings won both in seven.
Most recently, the Wings’ run for the 2008 NHL Championship actual started in 2006-2007. In 2005-06, the first year post-lock out, the Wings burned out in the regular season, amassing 126 points for the #1 seed, only to get eliminated in the Quarterfinals in six by a scrappy Edmonton Oiler team. In 2006-07 the team rested in the final week and went to the Conference Finals. After eliminating the Calgary Flames in the Quarterfinals and the San Jose Sharks in the Semis, the Wings fell to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. In 2007-08 the champs beat the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference Quarterfinals, 4–2, the Colorado Avalanche in the Semifinals, 4–0, the Dallas Stars in Conference Finals, 4–2, and the surprising Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-2 to win the Stanley Cup.
The Detroit Red Wings are in the Central Division of the 3-division Western Conference of the National Hockey League.
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