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For the first time since the 1989-1990 season, the Detroit Red Wings are not heading to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
With their 4-1 road loss to the Carolina Hurricanes (34-27-14) on Tuesday night, the Red Wings (31-33-12) were still able to clinch a playoff berth this season with six games left to play in the regular season.
However, the Boston Bruins (40-30-6) then defeated the Nashville Predators (39-26-11) and the Toronto Maple Leafs (36-24-15) defeated the Florida Panthers (33-32-11), officially eliminating the Red Wings from playoff contention this season.
The streak of 25 consecutive postseason berths dated back to the 1990-1991 season for the Red Wings. That streak of 25 seasons does not include the 2004-2005 season, when there were no NHL playoffs due to the lockout.
The Red Wings’ streak was the longest active postseason streak in the four major sports and the longest active postseason streak in the NHL. It was tied for the third-longest postseason streak in NHL history with the St. Louis Blues’ streak (1979-1980 season to the 2003-2004 season) and trailed only the Boston Bruins’ streak (29 seasons; 1967-1968 season to the 1995-1996 season) and the Chicago Blackhawks’ streak (28 seasons; 1969-1970 season to the 1996-1997 season).
The Pittsburgh Penguins, who have made nine consecutive postseason appearances and have already clinched a 10th, now have the longest active postseason streak in the NHL.