We know about the storied history of the Detroit Red Wings. The Original Six franchise has 11 Stanley Cup titles and is currently riding a streak of 22 consecutive playoff appearances.
Then there are years you don’t often hear about.
In 87 years as a member of the NHL, Detroit has seen its share of good times and bad and is quite familiar with the concept “the bigger they are, the harder they fall.”
Being the victim of some monumental upsets, playoff letdowns and a stretch when they were known as the “Dead Things,” some memories still haunt the Detroit faithful. While they’ve certainly been spoiled with their club's recent success, it is important to remember the bad times to keep things in perspective.
With that in mind, here are five of some of the most painful seasons in Detroit Red Wings history.