A historic run by the Detroit Red Wings might be coming to an end. As the Red Wings battle with the Columbus Blue Jackets, St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars for one of the few remaining playoff spots in the West, the team is fully aware that by failing to reach the playoffs they'll end a streak of consecutive playoff appearances which began back in 1990.
Detroit's run of consecutive appearances has stretched across four NHL work stoppages, including one strike and three lockouts. Since failing to qualify in the 1989-90 season, the Red Wings have hoisted the Cup a remarkable four times. Their run is the longest current streak in the NHL and by a considerable margin. San Jose is second on the list with eight consecutive appearances.
As of Thursday morning, the Red Wings were on the outside looking in with 47 points in 43 games, trailing the Columbus Blue Jackets by two points for the eighth and final spot.
The good news for Detroit is that they still fully control their own pl...