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Notebook: Detroit rocks city on NHL opener

Thursday, 10.9.2008 / 9:09 PM ET / News
By Kevin Fitzhenry  - DetroitRedWings.com Intern
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Notebook: Detroit rocks city on NHL opener
DETROIT -- On a night when the Sporting News announced Detroit as North America’s No. 2 Best Sports City, Hockeytown celebrated being No. 1.

In a ceremony that featured everything from a live orchestra playing, to the premier of Hockey Night In Canada’s new theme song, the Red Wings started off the 2008-09 campaign in grand fashion as the 2008 championship banner was hoisted to the rafters at Joe Louis Arena.
 
Surrounded by the seven trophies the Wings won last season (Jennings Trophy, Lady Bing Trophy, Norris Trophy, Selke Trophy, Conn Smythe Trophy, Presidents’ Trophy and Campbell Bowl), Wings TV play-by-play announcer Ken Daniels and color analyst Mickey Redmond welcomed fans and provided highlights of the Wings’ championship season.
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The Wayne State Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kypros Markou, provided a beautiful musical backdrop as themes from “Jurassic Park” and “Remember the Titans” were played as the Red Wings front office, coaching and support staff and current players were announced. Queen’s “We Are The Champions” became the theme as the Stanley Cup entered the building.   

The banner itself received special VIP treatment, being carried in by an honor guard composed of 85 individuals representing the “Citizens of Hockeytown,” as well as DRW alumni Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Alex Delvecchio, Dennis Hextall, John Ogrodnick and Doug Brown before being passed on to captain Nicklas Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Kris Draper and retired teammates Dallas Drake and Dominik Hasek.

After the game, the party will cease to stop: band Def Leppard will be joined by seven-time Grammy winner Alanis Morissette for a special concert; NHL Face-off Rocks! at the Fox Theatre a few blocks from JLA.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 53 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 54 10 27 4 37
T. Tatar 53 16 17 0 33
G. Nyquist 54 14 16 0 30
P. Datsyuk 39 8 21 13 29
J. Abdelkader 54 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 40 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 50 7 8 13 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 4 .934 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89