Many Detroit Red Wings fans roll their eyes whenever someone wonders if “this will be the year” their playoff streak ends, but isn’t that the nature of the beast?
It’s a pretty nice problem for a sports fan to have, at least.
While the situation got dicey at times, the Red Wings made it to the playoffs for a staggering 24th straight season in 2014-15. It’s true that they were bounced in the first round, yet the Tampa Bay Lightning struggled to dispatch them in seven games.
The “will they miss it this time?” question seems especially relevant this time around, however, as Mike Babcock’s decade-long run of excellence is now over. New head coach Jeff Blashill has some huge shoes to fill, even with some intriguing additions in Mike Green and Brad Richards.
So, what do you think? Will the Red Wings pull off 25 straight trips to the postseason?