All About Winning in Detroit
For the NHL, that franchise is the Detroit Red Wings. Should the team make the Stanley Cup playoffs this year, it will be the 23rd straight season of making the postseason.
With all of the changes that have occurred in the league since the Red Wings started their streak, the franchise has been the model of consistency in the NHL. It is easy to see why the Red Wings have a great blueprint for success in the league.
Winning. The Red Wings may not win the Cup every season, but when it comes down to it, the Red Wings win a lot of hockey games year in and year out.
Prior to beginning their streak, the Red Wings struggled to win hockey games and appeared to no longer be the proud franchise they were back when they had the likes of Gordie Howe, Sid Abel, Ted Lindsay, Terry Sawchuk, and Alex Delvecchio. This was a club that missed the postseason many times, lost a lot of hockey games and were no longer considered the powerful franchise that they once were.
That all changed once the 90's came. During that decade, the Red Wings went back to being a winning franchise and accomplished things that most other NHL clubs dream about.
In the 90's the Red Wings won two straight Cups (1997 and 1998), a Presidents' Trophy (1996), led the Central Division four times (1994, 1995, 1996, and 1999), and appeared in the Cup Final three times (1995, 1997, and 1998).
Their success carried over into the next decade. The franchise won two more Cups (2002 and 2008), appeared in the Cup Final on three different occasions (2002, 2008, and 2009), and won the Central Division eight times (2001-09).
Even to this day, the Red Wings have still found ways to be a consistent winning franchise. The team may currently be in one of the Wild Card spots, but they are still 35-26-14 and have a chance of winning 40 games this year.
The above-mentioned paragraph is pretty hard to believe considering what the team has gone through this season. The team has lost 373-man games to injury and now competes in a much tougher division in years past with their move to the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division.
Even with the above-mentioned issues, the Red Wings have found a way to persevere. When someone has gone down, someone has filled in perfectly and when the team needed to find different ways to win a hockey games, they were able to do so.
It is said that winning cures all and for Detroit, winning will always be the drug of choice.