Detroit Red Wings: 7 Reasons They're NHL's Most Dominant over Last 15 Years

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Detroit Red Wings: 7 Reasons They're NHL's Most Dominant over Last 15 Years
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The Detroit Red Wings have had an impressive run. They are on a 20-year streak of making the playoffs, the longest current run in the NHL and the fifth longest of all time.

Since 1997, they have won four Stanley Cups, eight Central Divisions and four President Trophies. They have won the most regular- and postseason games since then as well.

How does a team stay at the top for so long? 

The team has seen great players like Steve Yzerman, Sergei Fedorov and Brendan Shanahan move on or retire, yet they have been able to replace them with the likes of Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen. 

In fact, only Tomas Holmstrom and Nick Lidstrom are still with the team from that 1997 championship. Those two players, as well as Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby and Darren McCarty, were the only players to play on all four of the most recent Red Wing championship teams.

It takes a very good organization to be able to retool so much of a roster and still maintain their place among the elite of the NHL. 

How do they do it?

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