In the first year without Nicklas Lidstrom the Red Wings certainly had their fair share of struggles as they made the transition into a new era in Hockeytown. Still though Detroit’s shortcoming’s didn’t stop them from making the playoffs for the 22nd straight year which is the fifth longest in NHL history and the longest current postseason streak in professional sports.
Detroit Red Wings have clinched a playoff-birth for the 22nd STRAIGHT season. That is the longest current streak in professional sports.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 28, 2013
With their backs against the wall the Wings perhaps rattled off their best stretch of hockey all season winning their past four straight including a 3-0 win against Dallas Saturday.
Henrik Zetterberg continued to step up with two goals tonight and an astonishing 10 points over the last four games.
And as the Wings capped the season off with that 4 game winning streak, the team propelled itself into the seventh seed in the Western Conference and will play the Anaheim Ducks in the first round.
Jimmy Howard after #RedWings beat Dallas 3-0, secure 1st rd meeting with Ducks: "We're going to Disneyland!"
— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) April 28, 2013
During the season series the Wings took two of three from the Ducks losing to them in February before taking both match-ups in the month of March. Detroit and Anaheim also have a bit of a playoff history against each other as the Wings lost to Anaheim in six games in 2007 and defeated them in seven games in 2009 (since 2004-05 lockout).
All of the pressure though is seemingly on Anaheim after a stellar season while the Wings riding a four game winning streak could very well cause havoc for the Ducks in the first round. It should be very fun to watch!