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Opponents

DETROIT RED WINGS

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Logo evolution
Logo 1925-1930 (Detroit Cougars) Logo 1930-1932 (Detroit Cougars) Logo 1932-1934 Logo 1934-1948
 
Logo 1948-
 
Cups won against
1956
 
4-1 VS Detroit 8th
1966
 
4-2 VS Detroit 14th
 
Statistics (as of 2012-2013 season)
SEASON
 
GP Games played - Number of games the team has played
W Wins - Games the team has won, either in regulation or in overtime
L Losses - Games the team has lost in regulation
T Ties - Games that have ended in a tie
PTS Points - Team points, calculated from W, L, T, OTL and SOL; used to determine standings
GF Goals for - Number of goals the team has scored
GA Goals against - Number of goals scored against the team
HOME 286 173 69 43 390 1006 649
AWAY 282 98 130 53 250 720 808
TOTALS 568 271 199 96 640 1726 1457
SEASON
 
GP Games played - Number of games the team has played
W Wins - Games the team has won, either in regulation or in overtime
L Losses - Games the team has lost in regulation
PTS Points - Team points, calculated from W, L, T, OTL and SOL; used to determine standings
GF Goals for - Number of goals the team has scored
GA Goals against - Number of goals scored against the team
HOME 30 19 11 38 96 64
AWAY 32 14 18 28 65 85
TOTALS 62 33 29 66 161 149
The Red Wings joined the NHL ranks at the start of the 1926-27 season.

Named the Cougars from 1926 to 1930, and evolving to become the Falcons from 1930 to 1932, the Detroit Red Wings have become the third most-crowned team in the NHL.  With 11 championships, only the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs have hoisted the Cup more often.  

The Canadiens and the Red Wings faced off against each other for the first time on December 23, 1926, in Windsor, Ont., since there was no venue available to host a hockey game in Detroit.  The Canadiens drew first blood in the lifetime series, winning the game 3-2 in overtime.

The playoffs, however, were a different story, as the Wings took the first four series over the Canadiens.  Montreal finally put an end to their losing streak, eliminating Detroit in the semifinals in 1951.

This was also the era that one of the NHL’s greatest individual rivalries reached its peak, with Maurice Richard and Gordie Howe constantly battling it out on the ice.  Year after year, the two superstars were the cream of the crop in league scoring and the two exchanged scoring championships.  Howe had the last laugh in 1963, though, breaking Maurice Richard’s record of 544 career goals.

During the 1950s, the two teams met each other in the Stanley Cup Finals on four occasions.  The Wings emerged victorious three times, before Montreal captured the Cup in 1955-56, the first of a record five consecutive Stanley Cup Championships for the bleu-blanc-rouge.  

One of the most memorable games of the rivalry came on March 17, 1955 at the Montreal Forum.  During the second last game of the regular season, one day after league president, Clarence Campbell suspended the “Rocket” for an on-ice infraction, Canadiens fans reached their boiling point.  The ensuing riot that spilled onto the Montreal streets became one of the most infamous events in the history of the franchise.  

After the NHL expanded in 1967, playoffs match-ups between the two teams became increasingly rare.  Montreal and Detroit crossed paths in the postseason most recently in 1978, the year the Canadiens captured the team’s 21st Stanley Cup.