Today, we as fans of the Detroit Red Wings watch with possibly glossy eyes as the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers battle on for the Stanley Cup. However, even though the Wings were knocked out early in this year’s playoffs, this season was an eventful, entertaining, and promising one. Throughout countless injuries, choked chances, and a few stale performances, the Wings managed to push through the doubts and secure a playoff berth for the 23rd season in a row. The cards were completely stacked against them, but the young guns from Grand Rapids like Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, and Luke Glendening did not seem to notice, as they rolled through the league with ease while the starpower of Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk were missing. Let’s take a moment to embrace some of the best moments of the season following the Olympic Break, and if you haven’t seen the preceding article of moments before the Olympic Break, you can find it here.
Moment #5: Making the Playoffs
As said previously, the chances of Detroit making the playoffs after losing countless stars to injury were very slim. I counted them out of the race about a month ago, as did many others. They were on the outside looking in, while Toronto and Columbus were sitting pretty in the Top 8, and Washington and New Jersey were breathing down the Wings’ necks. However, an 8 game losing streak by the Maple Leafs gave a glimmer of hope for the Wings, and they finished out the rest of the season 11-8-3 to squeeze in past the Maple Leafs, and left the jaws of everyone in the hockey world-wide open.