They say that consistency is the gold standard and barometer for success in any sport. It reflects the hard work and dedication that players and teams put forth to be the best there is.
It also validates the Detroit Red Wings as one of the greatest franchises in the history of sports.
The Wings have made the playoffs 21 consecutive times dating back to 1991. That’s two decades of postseason play. There are three Chicago Blackhawks — Nick Leddy, Andrew Shaw and Brandon Saad — who have never seen the Red Wings OUT of the playoffs as all three were born after the streak began! The San Jose Sharks are a distant second with eight consecutive appearances and the Hawks are not far behind after recently punching their ticket for the fifth consecutive year, but let’s face it: it is with the heaviest of hearts that I dub these hideous red birds from D-town the current dynasty of the NHL.
Man that stung.
And yet there’s a silver lining to all this painful rhetoric! The Wings are in real trouble. They’re currently clinging to the eighth seed in the Western Conference by just two points and find themselves staring down the barrel of a brutal schedule to finish the season. With four playoff teams on their remaining nine-game schedule and four games versus teams trailing them by five points (or fewer), our aforementioned baby Blackhawks might actually roll into the postseason for the first time in their lives without the infamous “winged wheel.”
Tonight they have current fifth seed San Jose at home and then Friday they trek down interstate 94 to the United Center where they’ll be looking for some revenge after the 7-1 beat down the Hawks put on them on Easter Sunday.
Praise the Lord!!
Chicago is 3-0 this season versus Detroit thanks in large part to their relentless defense which has managed to keep superstar Pavel Datsyuk out of the scoring column. If net minder Corey Crawford can hold the Wings to just a single goal in regulation, as he has in each game thus far, you’ve got to figure the league’s top scoring offense should be able to help close the door on a remarkable playoff run.
And good riddance.