This will be season No. 97 for the Detroit Red Wings, one of the legendary Original Six franchises of the National Hockey League.
Unfortunately, they’re approaching a dubious streak.
Although the Wings have steadily improved each of the last four years, Coach Derek Lalonde’s team has not made the playoffs since the 2015/16 season -- that’s seven years in a row.
That matches the longest streak in franchise history. Detroit also missed the playoffs from 1971-77.
Michigan sportsbooks are hot with the odds on the Wings getting back to the playoffs. Detroit made some big moves in free agency and can no longer use “we’re young” as an excuse.