The Detroit Red Wings have made the playoffs for 21 straight seasons.
The 1989-90 season marked the last time that the Red Wings failed to qualify for the playoffs.
With the retirement of Nicklas Lidstrom in 2012 offseason, the Red Wings' playoff streak has never been more in doubt.
Going into Friday night's game against the St. Louis Blues, Detroit is 3-2-1 and currently possesses the eighth spot in the Western Conference.
Before the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup as an eighth seed last season, most teams in the bottom three seeds in either conference were generally discarded as potential Stanley Cup champions.
The Kings proved otherwise.
Get into the playoffs and anything can happen.
With that being said, and however unlikely the Red Wings' chances at a deep playoff run appear, here are five ways the Red Wings can continue their playoff streak.