The Wings... and the Playoffs...
wings playoffs history 21 consecutive years
Infact, the Detroit Red Wings facebook page just posted up a photo of the illustrious "Al The Octopus" that was being re-assembled outside the entrance of Joe Louis Arena... he looks like he has taken a little bit of a beating from the previous years.
I know there was a discussion in the Wings forum as to if the Red Wings were considered a "Dynasty". Lets figure it this way... the way that the NHL is constructed now, it is virtually impossible to hold a 'Dynasty' from what hockey teams used to be. The Maple Leafs, Canadians, Oilers, Islanders... it was a completely different time in the hockey world, and they all benefited from it.
But to live in the past... is one of the darnest things to do. I know myself, I like to think of the back to back cup wins in 97 and 98... but to think about it now? That was 14/15 years ago. I'll occasionally go pull up a video of the Wings / Av's rivalry from back in the day, and still get chills going down my spine when I think about how much this impacted hockey. But then you've got to ask yourself, "Why in the world am I trying to hold onto that?" The game of hockey has completely changed... what worked back then does not work now, and the only way to continue to be a winning team is to adapt to all the changes. One of the teams that has been able to do that... is the Red Wings. Through drafting, management, player development, and a great structure in general... the Wings have really done an amazing job at handling what has been thrown at them. Has it been a fluke? Nope. Its been proven that the Wings are a good, consistent team, who always seem to have what it takes to get the job done.
Or at least... enough to get into the playoffs.