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The All-Time Red Wings Team

All-time team

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I have often thought of who would be selected for an all-time greatest Red Wings team. This would be a team that would combine the greatest players from today, my childhood, my dad’s childhood, and even when his dad was growing up. Imagine Steve Yzerman skating the puck into the offensive zone, walking around a defenseman, and dishing the puck off to Gordie Howe, who one-times it into the back of the net. What if Bob Probert was called for a roughing penalty and Kris Draper and Ted Lindsay were sent out as the forwards of the penalty kill with Nicklas Lidstrom and Marcel Pronovost on defense?

I have always known who I would select for my all-time greatest team. In Fall of 2012, Eklund, over at Hockeybuzz, put together a content strategy that had his blog readers vote on the members of each teams’ all-time greatest team. They would compete in simulated games on NHL 2013 after each player would uploaded with the appropriate ratings to create a buzz during the lockout. Detroit’s roster had all of the obvious choices – guys like Yzerman, Howe, Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, and Terry Sawchuk, plus a few questionable choices.

Take a look at my team, the Hockeybuzz team, and a team composed of the top scorers by position and decide who you think best exemplifies the Red Wings’ all-time best.

Red Wings Intelligence Team:RWI Team

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Top Scorers Team:
Top Scoring Team

Top 9: All-Time Penalty Minute Leaders

On March 26th, 1997, all hell broke loose at the Joe. Pent up frustrations boiled over during the heated matchup between the Colorado Avalanche and the Red Wings leading to a line brawl with Darren McCarty and “the turtle”, Claude Lemieux, at center stage. With the 17th anniversary of the brawl this past Wednesday, today’s list is going to take a look at the Top 9 penalty minute leaders in Red Wings’ history.

For a look at the fights that happened 17 years ago, visit hockeyfights.com and view the game’s profile. You won’t be disappointed.

Here are the Top 9:

9. Gary Bergman– 1101 PIMS

Gary Bergman

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8. Reed Larson– 1127 PIMS

Reed Larson

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7. Dennis Polonich– 1242 PIMSDennis Polonich

6. Darren McCarty– 1302 PIMS

Darren McCarty

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5. Ted Lindsay– 1423 PIMS

Lindsay

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4. Gerard Gallant– 1600 PIMS

Gerard Gallant

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3. Gordie Howe– 1643 PIMS

Gordie Howe

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2. Joe Kocur– 1963 PIMS

Joe Kocur

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1. Bob Probert– 2090 PIMS

Bob Probert

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Detroit’s Top 9 Goal Scorers

For the initial Top 9, I am going to take a look at the top goal scorers. These players scored the most goals while wearing a Red Wings’ jersey. Guys like Luc Robitaille, Brett Hull, and Marcel Dionne have all put the biscuit in the basket frequently throughout their career, but not enough times while playing for Detroit to make the list. Goals only matter if they are scored in a Red Wings’ uniform anyway.

Statistics are provided by HockeyDB.com. Go there. They have endless data about all stats hockey.

Note: It is Top 9 because Gordie was, and still is, the man.

9. Nicklas Lidstrom– 264 goals

Lidstrom

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8. John Ogrodnick– 265 goals

Ogrodnick

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7. Brendan Shanahan-309 goals

Shanahan

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6. Norm Ullman– 324 goals

Ullman

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5. Ted Lindsay– 335 goals

Lindsay

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4. Sergei Fedorov– 400 goals

Fedorov

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3. Alex Delvecchio– 456 goals

Delvecchio

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2. Steve Yzerman– 692 goals

Yzerman

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1. Gordie Howe– 786 goals

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