The Detroit Red Wings will not make the playoffs for the first time in 25 years.
Detroit is currently on their sixth different coach since the playoff streak began. 14 players on the current roster were not born when the playoff streak started. Florida Panthers’ 45-year-old Jaromir Jagr was drafted the year after this streak began. Cell phones, email, and social networking websites did not exist at the start of the streak.
The Red Wings 25 season playoff streak ends with a total regular season record of 1133(W) – 582(L) – 138(T) – 131(OTL). The highest playoff streak in the NHL now that theirs has ended belongs to the Pittsburgh Penguins at 12 seasons, less than half of the Red Wings’. The longest in major sports now belongs to the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA, who clinched the playoffs for the 20th straight time this season.
Detroit will look to get back in next year, as they’ll finish this season with a top ten pick and a shot at winning the draft lottery for the first time since it came into existence in 1995.
The Edmonton Oilers have clinched a playoff berth for the first time in ten seasons. After 4 first overall picks in the span of six seasons, the Oilers landed the one to get them into the playoffs with Connor McDavid. Two of those four first overall picks have already been traded, Nail Yakupov to the St Louis Blues and Taylor Hall to the New Jersey Devils. McDavid captains the Oilers to their first playoff appearance in ten years while simultaneously being the front-runner for the Art Ross and Hart trophies. The Oilers captain leads the NHL in points with 89, ahead of Sidney Crosby by 7 points with only six games remaining for Edmonton, and seven remaining for Pittsburgh. The Oilers could still finish in any of five different playoff positions by the end of the season. This includes 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in their division, or one of the two wildcard positions.
The last time the Edmonton Oilers were in the playoffs, their current captain was eight years old. Their total record since the last time they played in the playoffs up until the current season was an abysmal 298(W) – 610(L) – 90(OTL). Their current 42 wins with 6 games remaining is the most wins the Oilers have had in a season since the 1987-88 team won 44.