DETROIT’S 25-SEASON PLAYOFF STREAK ENDS
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.