Twenty-five straight years of playoff hockey in the Motor City.
an amusing article on what the world was like the last time the Red Wings weren't in the Stanley Cup playoffs: no Internet, the Berlin Wall was still up, Pretty Woman was a popular new movie, their leading 2016 goal scorer hadn't even been born, etc.
But none of that matters, because the playoffs start later this week. Forget the regular season stats; playoff hockey is a whole different beast. First round will be against the Tampa Bay Lightning, same as last year. Which is annoying for me, since the Lightning are my second-favorite hockey team, but I'm still fully on board for a Detroit win. Especially after losing a close series last year, in seven games.
Detroit is certainly a long shot to take the Stanley Cup this year. But then, it was a bit of a long shot just to make it to this point. You never know what might happen.