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1980s

The Norris family finally sold the Red Wings in 1982 to Mike and Marian Ilitch, who owned Little Caesars Pizza. One of their first hires was Jimmy Devellano as the team's general manager and he selected a shy, 18-year-old center named Steve Yzerman with the fourth overall pick of the 1983 NHL Draft.

Detroit made the playoffs in both 1983-84 and 1984-85 seasons but lost in the first round each season. The Red Wings collected only 40 points in 1985-86 to finish last overall in the NHL, but the disappointing campaign would prove as one step backward before Detroit would take several steps in the right direction.

Detroit hired Jacques Demers, coach of the St. Louis Blues, as their new coach. Not only did the Red Wings make the playoffs in each of Demers first two seasons, but they advanced to the Campbell Conference Finals each season and lost to the Edmonton Oilers in five games both times.

Demers made the 21-year-old Yzerman the team's captain. The squad featured other young players like Gerard Gallant, Petr Klima, Bob Probert, Shawn Burr, Adam Oates, Joe Kocur and Steve Chiasson and veterans like Dave Barr, Lee Norwood, Tim Higgins, Gilbert Delorme and Harold Snepsts.

Demers won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's coach of the year in both 1986-87 and 1987-88.

In 1988-89, Yzerman set team records for goals, assists and points with 65 goals, 90 assists and 155 points - which is the highest point total in NHL history for a player not named Gretzky or Lemieux. Yzerman and line mates Gallant and Paul MacLean combined for 319 points, the most by any line in Red Wings' history. Despite their stellar play, Detroit lost in the first round of the playoffs.
 

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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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