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1940s

The Red Wings advanced to the Stanley Cup finals in 1941 and 1942, losing to the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Bruins swept the Red Wings in four games as Detroit was thwarted by the spectacular goaltending of goaltender Frank Brimsek, who lived up to his nickname of "Mr. Zero" by only allowing the Red Wings six goals in three series. The Red Wings won the first three games of the 1942 Stanley Cup Finals against the Maple Leafs, but Toronto rallied to win the next four and win the Cup. It was the first and only time a team has come back from a three games-to-none Cup finals deficit and only one of the two times in NHL history that a team has lost a playoff series after winning the first three games (the other occasion came when the Pittsburgh Penguins blew a 3-0 advantage against the New York Islanders in 1975).

But the Red Wings got their revenge on the Bruins and Brimsek by winning the third Stanley Cup in team history in a four game sweep of Boston in 1943. Detroit had also finished first overall with 61 points and a 25-14-11 record in 1942-43, the first season of the Original Six six-team NHL (the league had ranged from four-to-10 teams from it's beginning in 1917-18 until 1941-42).

That season began what has become known as the NHL's "Golden Age", which lasted through the 1966-67 season, after which the league doubled in size to 12 teams.

The 1944 season saw an offensive explosion in the NHL as many of the league's best, and defensive players were serving in World War II (both Sid Abel and Jack Stewart served in the Royal Canadian air Force in 1943-44 and 1944-45). The NHL's leading scorer, Boston's Herb Cain, had 36 goals and 82 points and the Red Wings Carl Liscombe finished fourth in the scoring race with a team record 36 goals, 37 assists and 73 points.

Detroit wouldn't capture the Stanley Cup again until 1950, but the late '40s would see the arrival of a group of players who would become not only Red Wing legends, but the makings of NHL lore.

With the promotions of Ted Lindsay (1944-45), Gordie Howe (1946-47), Red Kelly (1947-48) and Terry Sawchuk (1949-50) to the NHL and the return of both Abel and Stewart from the RCAF, one of the greatest dynasties in NHL history was set in motion. Adams handed the coaching reins to Tommy Ivan after the 1946-47 season. Detroit finished second overall during the 1947-48 regular season, five points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs. But the team then ran off a streak of seven-straight first overall finishes from 1948-49 until 1954-55 and won four Stanley Cups (1950, 1952, 1954 and 1955).
 

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80