It’s Jan. 20 and the Red Wings don’t have the division wrapped up. They’re not scouting playoff opponents. These games in the snowy, wintry months don’t come with the prefix of “meaningless.”
What is this, 1990?
Twenty years ago. That’s how long it’s been since the Red Wings failed to qualify for the NHL’s regular season afterglow. It’s easily the longest current streak in the league.
Ahh, but what about keeping the streak going? As I bang away on the keyboard, the Red Wings are one point out of the eighth and final playoff spot. They’re also just two points out of sixth place, and five points out of fourth. As Mickey Redmond would say, “You can throw a blanket over ‘em!”
You may consider the following just another pea-brained piece of analysis by a bottom-feeding sports blogger. That’s OK—I’ve been called worse. Regardless, here are five reasons why the Red Wings will keep their playoff appearances streak alive, and five reasons why they just might not.
Hold your applause till the end please.