Since the Detroit Red Wings have made the Stanley Cup playoffs every season since the 1989-90 season, one could be excused if he or she could not imagine them missing the playoffs.
Over the 21 playoff seasons since then, Detroit has had plenty of superstars and role players to help lead the charge to the playoffs each season.
Even though the 1989-90 season seems like light years ago, it is important to note that with a far more competitive NHL in today's game, Detroit went from first in the NHL midseason to finishing fifth in the Western Conference in the 2011-12 season.
A mere seven points were all that separated the Red Wings from eighth place, and they were only 12 points up on ninth place Calgary.
But, Detroit couldn't really miss the playoffs could they?
Well, most NHL fans would say not a chance, but there's always the distant possibility.
Here are four reasons they could struggle to make the playoffs next season.