Posted January 18, 2013 on AP on Fox

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - OCTOBER 02: Nicklas Lidstrom of Detroit Red Wings looks on from the bench during the 2009 Compuware NHL Premiere Stockholm match between Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues at the Ericsson Globe on October 2, 2009 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
The Detroit Red Wings have played in the last 21 Stanley Cup playoffs. That postseason streak might be in jeopardy. The storied franchise is starting a season without seven-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom for the first time since the 1990-91, the year its run in the playoffs began. Lidstrom retired last summer and the 42-year-old defenseman turned down an offer from Red Wings general manager Ken Holland to play in the lockout-shortened season. Henrik Zetterberg is the new captain on a team that has a chance to be better up front and in net. Niklas Kronwall will lead the way on defense and will need plenty of help from Jonathan Ericsson, Ian White and Brendan Smith.
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