It goes without saying, then, that it takes Wings fans more to get excited than a typical team's fans.
Regular-season success is important for the Red Wings, but many times it does not provide an accurate indication of how well they will do in the playoffs.
Detroit has had seasons where it wins the President's trophy and then proceeds to lose in the first round to the eighth seed, and other seasons where the Red Wings themselves are the lower seed, and they turn the tables and win the Stanley Cup.
Although each playoff season seems to be different, the Red Wings seem to have experienced a bit of surreal déjà vu the past two playoff seasons.
Both playoff seasons ended in second-round exits.
Both at the hands of the San Jose Sharks.
Rest assured I wouldn't be bringing up the déjà vu if Detroit didn't fall behind three games to none in each series.
Last year differed a bit from the previous season; Detroit almost pulled the unthinkable: coming back from a 3-0 series deficit to win the series.
The Red Wings fell short in Game 7, but showed great effort and talent that seemed to be lacking in the first three games of the series.
Now, after some offseason retirements, many fans remain unsure what to think of this year's Red Wings squad.
Personally, I am excited for this season to start, and in this slideshow I will give nine reasons that you as a fan should be excited for this upcoming Detroit Red Wings season.