They are the oldest team in the NHL and as a result there are some that believe the Detroit Red Wings' reign as the NHL's model franchise is running on borrowed time. In reality, the signs don't appear to be pointing in that direction at all.
Detroit will enter yet another season as one of the NHL's elite teams, and within the organization, the expectations are to win it all in June. Anything short would be, as usual, deemed a disappointment.
The thing is, this season the Red Wings will have extra motivation due to all the naysayers calling for an end to their run, and with people harking back on the "disappointment" of last season when they "only" earned 102 points and make it into the second round of the playoffs.