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While the team's overall age is an issue, the age of the team captain, Nicklas Lidstrom is the largest reason for worry.
At 41 years old, Lidstrom is set to become a free agent, with his future in the NHL undecided.
About two weeks ago, the Red Wings suffered a significant 7-2 loss to the struggling Montreal Canadiens; their second worst loss since March of last year.
It just so happens that the 7-2 loss to Montreal was the only game of the season that Lidstrom has missed.
If that's not worrisome enough, consider this: the Detroit Red Wings have made the postseason 20 consecutive seasons. Nicklas Lidstrom has been on the team all but one of those years, picking up four Stanley Cups and seven Norris Trophies.
Nicklas Lidstrom's outstanding play, over his career, has clearly played a huge role in the success of the team.
The question is, can they still do it without him?