In their storied 88-year history, the Detroit Red Wings have experienced unbridled joy and debilitating defeat.
The Red Wings have hoisted 11 Stanley Cups, six Presidents’ Trophies and are in the midst of a historic run of 23 consecutive playoff appearances. Year in and year out, it seems Hockeytown is labeled for Cup contention.
Although Detroit isn’t the powerhouse it has been in recent years, appearing in the NHL’s second season for sequential decades is nothing to shake a stick at.
Littered among some of the greatest seasons in team history are some pleasant surprises as well. This list is comprised of the five seasons in Red Wings history that unexpectedly astounded based on the following criteria.
Surpassing expectations, the acclaim and reward associated with the results and overcoming significant obstacles all contribute to the rankings.
Without further ado, these are the five most surprising seasons in Detroit Red Wings history.