After 25 seasons, Red Wings no longer streaking

Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin celebrates his goal against the New York Islanders in the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The Red Wings’ streak of 25 straight postseasons is finished, leaving the Spurs with the longest active streak in pro sports at 20.

The story:

For the first time in 26 seasons, the Detroit Red Wings won’t make an appearance in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Red Wings’ fate was sealed Tuesday night following a confluence of events in the Eastern Conference. Not only did they fall to the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1, but the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins scored wins over the Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators to dash Detroit’s fading postseason hopes.


0 — Players in the NHL today who were in the League the last time the Red Wings missed the playoffs. Jaromir Jagr entered the League in 1990-91, the first year of the streak.

3 — Players who served as Detroit’s captain during the streak. Steve Yzerman was named captain in 1986, before the streak began, and served until he retired in 2006. Nicklas Lidstrom succeeded him and was captain until retiring in 2012. Henrik Zetterberg has been captain for the past five seasons.

25 — Seasons during the streak the Red Wings played at Joe Louis Arena, which will host its final NHL game on April 9. Only two other teams, the New York Rangers and Calgary Flames, are playing in the same building they used when Detroit’s streak began.

Dylan Larkin:

“With a historic storied franchise like the Red Wings, you’re going to have the ups and the downs we’ve had: losing Mr. I, losing Gordie Howe, the upside of hopefully the new energy of moving into a new arena,” Larkin said to the Ottawa Citizen. “There’s a lot of positives and, of course, some negatives. You just have to try to tune out those negatives. You’ve got to find a way to just play and enjoy being a Detroit Red Wing. Because we know just how special it is.”

Head Coach Jeff Blashill:

“We’ve all known we’re in a tough spot here,” said head coach Jeff Blashill. “Our focus is 100 percent on making sure that this is a one-time deal, not an eight-, nine-, 10-time deal. You do that by making sure you maintain the culture that has allowed that streak to continue for a long time: work ethic, attention to detail, selflessness, competitiveness. We have to make sure that’s there every single night. You can’t let it slip whatsoever. Once you let it slip, it’s hard to get it back.”

What happened this year?:

Current active streaks in the NHL:

A great run:

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