April 05 2016 01:58PM
There once was a time when Games 80-82 carried little weight for the Detroit Red Wings. Sure, there'd be the odd contest in the late going where players were aiming for milestones, and there might be occasional jockeying for seeding, I suppose. But given the Red Wings, during their 24-season playoff streak, have posted up 17 100-point seasons, 14 division titles, and 6 President's Trophy seasons, the last few games are really about fine tuning and rest.
March 30 2016 05:42PM
Five games remain in the Red Wings' quest, not only to make the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs but to extend what's become known in Detroit as "the streak". We all love to debate streaks in sports, be it for individuals and teams alike, but the merits of this particular one in Detroit are now being frequently debated and have been for the past three seasons, with playoffs anything but a certainty.
A playoff berth this year, regardless of how long it extends their season -- and three of the past four seasons, they've made first-round exits (the franchise is 15-23 in their past 38 playoff games, dating back to Spring 2011) -- matters a lot more to some Red Wings fans than it does others.
Well, this weekend marks the 26-year anniversary of the final regular season game of the last Red Wings to actually miss the playoffs, the 1989-90 Red Wings. I thought it'd be interesting to flashback and look at why this team missed, despite having a superstar in his prime, plenty of complimentary talent, and a head coach who'd win the Stanley Cup a mere three years later.
March 26 2016 05:00PM
Today is the 19th anniversary of maybe, just maybe, the most recognized regular-season game in modern NHL franchise history. Is there another? Another regular season game as celebrated by a fanbase? Especially one that has little to do with any sort of individual achievement?
March 25 2016 09:11AM
Photo Credit: Rick Ostenoski/USA TODAY SPORTS
I've thought all season that the breakout rookie year for 19-year old Dylan Larkin may be unfairly coloring our judgment of who and what Anthony Mantha is, and, if anything, making his lack of progress and strides in getting to the NHL level. So has it done that for you so far?
March 22 2016 10:39AM
Photo Credit: Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports
Sometimes it's difficult to move on. Getting past that first car you had isn't so difficult, assuming there's a second car that starts a little more reliably and doesn't spit out your cassette tapes (not the last 1980s reference in this piece of work, I'm afraid...).
Moving on from your "first love" isn't terribly difficult either, as long as there isn't a lengthy drought akin to, say, the Edmonton Oilers' current decade of haplessness before one finds that special "second love" in your life.
When things have gone well, though, like they have for the Detroit Red Wings, is parting with an iconic captain and a valued front office member really such bitter sorrow?
Are Red Wings fans really "over" the fact that Steve Yzerman left their team, hasn't looked back, and if anything has become more calculated and driven and private than he was during his Red Wings' front office education?