DETROIT -- The Red Wings have clinched the 2008-09 Central Division title.
Detroit has now captured eight consecutive Central Division crowns dating back to the 2000-01 season. The Red Wings have also claimed 12 of the last 15. Two times during that span in which they failed to win the division, the Red Wings went on to win the Stanley Cup (1996-97 and 1997-98).
Detroit (49-18-9, 107 points) has six games remaining in the 2008-09 regular-season. The Chicago Blackhawks (40-23-11, 91 points), currently in second place in the Central, have eight games remaining. Detroit holds the edge over Chicago in a tie-break situation (wins). All five teams in the Central Division currently hold one of the eight playoff spots in the Western Conference.
The Red Wings have now won 15 division titles since Mike and Marian Ilitch purchased the franchise in 1982.
Regular-Season Division Titles Since 1982-83
Year Division 1987-88 Norris 1988-89 Norris 1991-92 Norris 1993-94 Central 1995 Central 1995-96 Central 1998-99 Central 2000-01 Central 2001-02 Central 2002-03 Central 2003-04 Central 2005-06 Central 2006-07 Central 2007-08 Central 2008-09 Central