League: Eastern Conference Atlantic Division
Head Coach: Jeff Blashill
Team Mascot: Al the Octopus
Year Opened: 2017
City / State: Detroit / Michigan
Rivalries & Top Games to Attend
Red Wings vs Maple Leafs
Rival Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
The Red Wings and Maple Leafs are once again in the same division thanks to realignment making a Wings-Leafs game a can’t miss proposition. These two Original Six teams have met in the playoffs more times than anyone else except for the Bruins and Canadiens, so there is always bad blood when they get together. Most recently, the rivalry between these two was heightened once again when former Red Wings coach Mike Babcock signed with the Leafs. No matter where these two teams are in the standings a Red Wings-Maple Leafs games is always must see entertainment.
Red Wings vs Blackhawks
Rival Team: Chicago Blackhawks
The Red Wings and Blackhawks may no longer play in the same division or even the same conference, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a can’t miss game when Chicago comes to town. The two teams have been competing on the ice since 1926, and at one point the two teams even shared the same owner. The two teams have met in the Stanley Cup Playoffs 15 times with the Hawks winning the most recent matchup four games to three after overcoming a three games to one deficit. There is still a lot of hate in the building when these two get together, so don’t miss your chance to see the Wings take on the Hawks.
Red Wings vs Penguins
Rival Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
The Red Wings-Penguins rivalry is one of the newer rivalries in the NHL and is a result of the two teams meeting both the 2008 and 2009 Stanley Cup Finals. With the Wings move to the Eastern Conference in 2013, you’ll see plenty of good matchups between these two budding rivals.