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The beard is back!

Playoff beards return as Red Wings look to defend Stanley Cup title

Tuesday, 03.31.2009 / 4:04 PM ET / Fan Zone
By John Hahn  - Senior Director of Communications
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The beard is back!
DETROIT -- The Red Wings and their fans will celebrate a long-standing and unique hockey tradition by welcoming back their playoff beards as the Wings begin their defense of their 11th Stanley Cup Championship.

“The players and fans are ready to throw away their razors,” said Red Wings Senior Vice President of Business Affairs Steve Violetta.  “It’s our 18th straight trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs … Here we grow again!”

The Stanley Cup playoff beard traces its origins to the early 1980’s when the New York Islanders began the tradition on their way to winning the Stanley Cup four years in a row. Since then, the playoff beard has become an annual tradition for both players and fans. Detroit will be skating to become the first team to repeat as Stanley Cup champions since the Wings recorded back-to-back titles in 1997 and 1998.

Launch Video
Photos at Detroit Economic Lunch

Wings fans can join in “The Beard is Back” theme by voting for the Red Wings' player (see below) with the best playoff beard, and by submitting photos (also below) of their own playoff beards to see how far they can grow through the playoffs.

PLAYOFF TICKETS ON SALE: The defending Stanley Cup champion Red Wings have begun selling tickets for the first two rounds of the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs at Joe Louis Arena.
  
Most individual playoff tickets remain locked in at last year’s reduced prices (down between 17-37 percent over 2007 playoff prices for the first round alone). 

Fans can purchase single-game playoff tickets at the Joe Louis Arena box office, all TicketMaster locations, including Hockeytown Café, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy, Mich., or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. Fans also can purchase tickets by logging on to DetroitRedWings.com.

BECOME A SEASON-TICKET HOLDER: Prior to March 20, fans still have a chance to place a small deposit on one of several 2009-10 Season Ticket Plans to take advantage of the great benefits, including savings of up to 20 percent off of this year’s playoff box office prices and preferred pricing on next year’s season tickets.

Another great advantage of being a season-ticket holder is the “Pay as the Wings Play” payment plan, which eliminates the need to pay for the entire playoffs up front. With this popular plan, season ticket holders will only be charged for home games that are guaranteed to be played. For example, fans will initially only be charged for the first two games of the opening round. They won’t be charged for an additional first round game until a third home game is determined necessary. This new billing system will continue throughout all playoff rounds. Call the Red Wings' Ticket Sales & Service Office at 313-396-7575 for more information.



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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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