NHL.com continues its preview of the 2013-14 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.
Every April we get confirmation that there are three things you can always count on: death, taxes and the Detroit Red Wings making the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Detroit made its 22nd consecutive appearance in the postseason in 2012-13, and while that streak was in doubt much of last season there seems little reason to worry about No. 23. With a deep group of forwards that is among the League's best, a mix of veterans and maturing youth on defense, one of the top goalies in the NHL and a minor league pipeline flush with talent, the Red Wings are poised not just to return to the playoffs, but to make a deep run once they're there.