The third longest playoff streak in the NHL and the longest active playoff streak has came to an end, as the Detroit Red Wings have been statistically eliminated from the 2017 playoffs. This will be the first time since 1991 that the winged wheel won’t be making an appearance in the NHL postseason.
The Red Wings will end their streak at number 25, which places them in a tie for 3rd with the Toronto maple leafs, and four seasons of playoff appearances behind the Boston Bruins for number one.
Things may look dim for both the team and the fans, but there are things to look forward to. Bypassing the obvious move from the Joe, the Red Wings seem to be looking towards the younger guys more and more as the season comes to a close; something Ken Holland is not known for.
While players like Tyler Bertuzzi, Tomas Nosek, and Jared Correau have made the most of their occasional appearances, it’s players like defensemen Nick Jensen and rising star Anthony mantha that have made the most impact. Mantha has tore it up in 45 games with the wings (13-18-31, plus 13) and has remained with the team since being called up November 11th. Jensen has arguably been one of the more pleasant surprises, as he put up a solid line (3-5-8, plus 2) in 27 games since being called up on December 18th and has been rewarded a two-year contract.
So despite the loss of the coveted streak, both the Wings and their fans should hold their heads up high. The Wings will meet the lighting at Amalie arena tomorrow at 7:30pm