Twenty-one consecutive seasons.
The Detroit Red Wings currently boast the longest streak in the NHL as far as consecutive seasons with a postseason berth are concerned. It’s a stretch that includes 14 division titles and 18 times finishing in the top three seeds within their conference. It’s a streak that is in some jeopardy this season.
The Wings dropped their tilt with the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night, losing in a shootout. They grabbed a point, but really could have used two. The Red Wings currently sit in the eighth seed in the Western Conference and are in danger of missing out on a playoff spot, with at least three teams nipping at their heels.
The loss was the second consecutive tilt in which Detroit lost a game beyond regulation. They’re sitting at .500 in their last ten games and remain just two points ahead of three different teams in the West for that eighth and final spot in the postseason.
While it was important to get that point, losing is bad news for the Wings on a couple of different fronts. Obviously they don’t get that extra point, while they also missed on opportunity to tie the Dallas Stars as far as their ROW is concerned. Wins in overtime and regulation are the first tiebreaker, and that would have given the Wings the edge over every team battling them for contention.