It's a hard thing to imagine for die-hard Red Wings fans right now, in the midst of a six-game losing streak, that the Red Wings might actually maintain success in the future. But despite the recent slump, the Red Wings remain one of the better teams in the NHL. Since the early 90's, the Detroit Red Wings have risen from the ashes of the "Dead Wings" to become a powerhouse in the NHL and one of the most respected franchises in all of sports.
This streak of dominance has not been a fluke. Despite the ringing criticism of fans and hockey analysts calling the Wings "old" or "washed up" before this season, and now through a late-season slump, they continue to be playoff presence and a threat to win the Stanley Cup. But how is it that the Wings maintain this success while teams like the Blue Jackets and Islanders wallow in continuous mediocrity?