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So who remembers the 85-86 season?

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Before my time as a Wings fan, but 17-57-6? 415 goals against?????

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/550841-25-years-ago-detroit-red-wings-were-nhls-biggest-losers

I remember.....

when the mouse hovers over the link, the nerve endings in my hand begin to burn and that sick feeling begins to rise from my stomach......

I'll need therapy again if I click it......

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I remember those days. But I started watching the Wings during that era, so it makes me really appreciate how good they truly are now.

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Those were my heavy drug years. Didn't get clean until '87. Had I known that somewhere in NS Sid the Kid was being born, I might not have sobered up.

In all honesty, that was before I had internet and cable tv. Following the team was next to impossible. I just knew from some of dad's friends who still had family in Detroit that things weren't going well, but that we had some new kid that was going to save the day.

Being a Lions fan, I didn't believe it.

For all of you who sat through the games, cheered on the team, and believed that someday they would rise again, I salute you. You are the backbone of the team.

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I remember.:blush: Actually we had some great players. Unfortunately our defense SUCKED. Steve (the baby) Yzerman had 90 points. Gerard Gallant (still love him) was great at that time. We also had Adam Oats, Peter Klima, Bobby Probert and Joey Kocer so the win/loss record was awful but it was also fun to watch some great smash-mouth hockey!!!!!!!!!!

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every new wings fan and every one under 25 should be forced to read that

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I also remember "darkness with Harkness" and fans wearing paper bags over their heads cuz the on-ice product was SOooooooooooooo bad. Watching games at the old Olympia was great. The players used to walk right down the concourse after the games to leave and I still kick myself for not having the courage to approach Mickey Redmond for his autograph. Actually we just watched in awe as they all went strolling by.

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According to dropyourgloves.com that team led the league with 171 fighting majors!

:yowza:

Now that must have been a fun team to watch.

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According to dropyourgloves.com that team led the league with 171 fighting majors!

:yowza:

Now that must have been a fun team to watch.

The good ole days of great fights.

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I was only a baby that season so I don't remember personally, but I just asked my dad and he just cringed and walked out of the room lol.

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I remember.:blush: Actually we had some great players. Unfortunately our defense SUCKED. Steve (the baby) Yzerman had 90 points. Gerard Gallant (still love him) was great at that time. We also had Adam Oats, Peter Klima, Bobby Probert and Joey Kocer so the win/loss record was awful but it was also fun to watch some great smash-mouth hockey!!!!!!!!!!

I remember it well. Actually Yzerman only had 42 points and was a -24. Fortunately the next season is when everything started turning around for us. Too bad our first overall pick in86 was wasted on Joe Murphy. Could've had Vinnie Damphousse or Brian Leetch. In the end it worked out though, because Murphy got us Carson, who got us Coffey, who got us Shanahan, so in a round-about way, that 40 point season was worth it!

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Yup - I remember them days.

Even though the Red Wings were on cable very sporadically back then - I did my best to dial in 760 WJR, looked at the box scores every morning, and subscribed to the Hockey News...Being a Cheesehead it was damn tough to follow the Detroit Red Wings - let alone the NHL in those days.

Stevie, Proby, and Jerry (Gerard Gallant) were primary reasons why I became/stayed a fan of the Red Wings.

Those of us who followed them back then - winning the Cup of 1996/1997 season was oh so sweet!

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Losing Streaks / Number of Times

9:2

8:1

7:1

6:1

4:1

3:1

2:3

1:5

The longest winning streak: 2, twice. And it was, mercifully, only an eighty-game schedule!

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Imagine the fighting of yore and the winning of now. <sigh> Sweet dreams are made of this...

Yeah - back then it was common to draft the "skill" guys in the 1st, and 2nd rounds...3rd round, and up were more or less guys who got into the NHL via their fists :lol:

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I had started following the Wings a season or two before. Those were the days of the Snore-is (Norris) division. Just about everyone made the playoffs, and the Wings still managed not to.

Kinda painful because they lost so many games, but they did have a lot of fun players to watch. Yzerman, Gallant, Probert, Kocur, Oates, O'Connell, Burr, and of course, Harold Snepsts. :D

The upside was my buddy's dad used to get free tickets through work all the time and we could move our way up to great seats no problem. It felt like I went to almost every home game those few seasons. We got to know the equipment manager (Dominic Mara, I think??) so he'd look for us when giving away broken sticks and pucks and whatnot.

Overall I have fond memories of the Dead Things era. The next season when the Wings made the playoffs and came back from 3 games to 1 to take the 7 game series against bitter rival Toronto, it felt practically like they won the Cup.

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I remember it well. Actually Yzerman only had 42 points and was a -24. Fortunately the next season is when everything started turning around for us. Too bad our first overall pick in86 was wasted on Joe Murphy. Could've had Vinnie Damphousse or Brian Leetch. In the end it worked out though, because Murphy got us Carson, who got us Coffey, who got us Shanahan, so in a round-about way, that 40 point season was worth it!

I stand corrected '85/86 was the season he broke his collarbone it was the following season he had the 90 points.

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Yup - I remember them days.

Those of us who followed them back then - winning the Cup of 1996/1997 season was oh so sweet!

yep! that is why whenever a thread pops up asking our opionion on which Cup was the best, 1997 is ALWAYS us old-timer's answer! I actually had tears in my eyes when Stevie raised that Cup. I was at work and didn't want to leave until the final credits rolled! God Bless Hockeytown, we have certainly been blessed with this team! You kids don't know how good you've had it!

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The Wings sucked the year I was born (85)... uh oh, I must be a bad omen :P

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