The Detroit Red Wings are closing in on what will be their 21st consecutive appearance in the Stanley Cup playoffs. That record is the longest active streak of consecutive postseason appearances in any of the four major North American sports by far.
Despite a very stellar record, Detroit still finds themselves immersed in a Central Division battle with the equally impressive St. Louis Blues.
Losing the division wouldn't be the end of the world for a team of Detroit's caliber, but having home ice advantage is vital, especially for a team that's almost unbeatable in their own arena.
Detroit is poised to make a long playoff run, but in order to make it to the Cup, they'll need these players to either keep playing well, or start showing up.