There are few things assured in life, but we can all expect the following three things:
The Red Wings making the playoffs.
With 25 straight playoff appearances, the Red Wings now hold the longest active playoff streak. 2016 saw it nearly come to an end but, as it has for years now, it endured. Their ELO has also been one of the most impressive runs in recent histor, which you can see for yourself here.
This is my attempt at visualizing greatness and showing you what I like to call the Detroit Playoff Dynasty.
Success, success and more success. That's what the past 25 years have been for the Red Wings, especially early in the streak. Below is a graph of what the Red Wings have done with those 25 years of playoff opportunities.
It's incredible isn't it? They won 67% of the finals they played in, got out of the first round 63.5% of the time and won 4 cups. For context, no other team has more Stanley Cup wins or Stanley Cup Final appearances in that time frame. Not only did they dominate in the playoffs, but they also treated us to some of the most spectacular combination of goaltending and scoring our generation has ever seen.
How many more?
The real question is whether they have sustainable talent that can get this done. They've teetered far too close to missing the playoffs for 3 years straight now and with the potential loss of Datsyuk looming, it's not looking so hot. Perhaps it actually is just a phase and perhaps I'll get to say, "wow" at the Red Wings for another 25 years.