DETROIT’S 25-SEA­SON PLAY­OFF STREAK ENDS

The Hockey News - - The First Word -

The Red Wings have been the NHL’s model of con­sis­tency for decades, but the party had to end at some point.

The team’s 25-year play­off streak, which not co­in­ci­den­tally spanned Hall of Famer Nick Lid­strom’s en­tire ca­reer and then some, was snapped with a 4-1 loss to Carolina March 28. Wins by Bos­ton and Toronto that night math­e­mat­i­cally elim­i­nated Detroit, which won four Stan­ley Cups dur­ing the run and made the fi­nal on two other oc­ca­sions. Now, GM Ken Hol­land faces a re­build for the first time in more than two decades. Detroit is slated to pick ninth in the draft, giv­ing the Wings a top-10 pick for the first time since 1991, when they took Martin La­pointe 10th over­all. Just for per­spec­tive, La­pointe has been Mon­treal’s di­rec­tor of player de­vel­op­ment for five years now, af­ter a long ca­reer that in­cluded two Cups with Detroit.

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