DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings clinched a spot in the 2016 Stanley Cup® Playoffs for the 25th straight season following the results of Saturday’s early-afternoon games. Detroit fell to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden by a 3-2 score but officially clinched a playoff berth following the Boston Bruins’ 6-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators. The Red Wings have locked up third place in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference and will square off against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs® for the second-straight year.
Detroit’s streak of 25-straight playoff appearances (1990-91 – present) is the longest active streak in all of North American major professional sports and is tied for the third longest of its kind in NHL history. In comparison, the longest active playoff streaks in the three additional major professional sports leagues are 19 years for the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, seven years for the NFL’s Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots and five years for MLB’s St. Louis Cardinals.
Red Wings playoff tickets for the first two postseason home games go on sale Wednesday, April 13 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Joe Louis Arena Box Office (313-471-7575), all Ticketmaster outlets (800-745-3000) and online at DetroitRedWings.com.
MOST CONSECUTIVE PLAYOFF APPEARANCES IN NHL HISTORY
29 - Boston Bruins (1968-96)
28 - Chicago Blackhawks (1970-97)25 - Detroit Red Wings (1991-pres.)
25 - St. Louis Blues (1980-2004)
24 - Montreal Canadiens (1971-94)
21 - Montreal Canadiens (1949-69)
20 - Detroit Red Wings (1939-58)ACTIVE CONSECUTIVE PLAYOFF APPEARANCES AMONG PROFESSIONAL SPORTS LEAGUES
25 - National Hockey League, Detroit Red Wings (1991-pres.)
19 - National Basketball Association, San Antonio Spurs (1998-pres.)
7 - National Football League, Green Bay Packers & New England Patriots (2009-pres.)
5 - Major League Baseball, St. Louis Cardinals (2011-pres.)