The Detroit Red Wings currently sit atop the NHL standings deep into the 2011-2012 NHL season. To no surprise, they're back in the Cup hunt again.
Assuming the Red Wings make the playoffs (They're 17 points over 9th place) it will be their 21st consecutive appearance.
21 seems to be a good number for the Red Wings this year, as they just recently broke the record for consecutive wins at home, with a new record (Still active) of 21.
Detroit hasn't looked this good since at least 2009, when they lost in game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals, and because of that fans are expecting a long playoff run.
With that, here are eight reasons the Red Wings will make a deep run in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.