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Wings secure 23rd straight playoff spot

by Alex DiFilippo / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings clinched a spot in the 2014 Stanley Cup® Playoffs for the 23rd straight season by taking a point in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. The Red Wings currently sit in the second Wild Card position in the Eastern Conference standings with 91 points (38-27-15) and two games remaining in the regular season.

Detroit’s streak of 23-straight playoff appearances (1990-91 – present) is the longest active streak in all of North American major professional sports and is the fifth longest of its kind in NHL history. Among NHL teams, the next closest active playoff streak is 10 seasons, currently held by the San Jose Sharks.

Despite a franchise-record 406 man-games lost due to injury this season, the Red Wings push for a 23rd straight playoff appearance has featured the team in the midst of a 9-4-2 run in its last 15 games. Wednesday’s shootout defeat comes only one night after head coach Mike Babcock collected his 414th victory in Detroit, making him the all-time winningest coach in franchise history.

Red Wings playoff tickets are on sale for the first two opening-round home contests against the winner of either the Atlantic Division (Boston Bruins) or the Metropolitan Division (Pittsburgh Penguins). 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.

Fans can save on post-season box office prices this spring by purchasing a Playoffs Ticket Plan that guarantees the same seat for every possible Stanley Cup® Playoff game held at Joe Louis Arena. To qualify for this offer, fans need to place a low down payment on 2014-15 season tickets.

In addition to affording purchasers significant savings, the Playoffs Ticket Plan also offers the convenient ‘Pay-as-the-Wings-Play’ payment option, which eliminates the need to pay for the entire post-season up front. Fans electing to take advantage of this exciting offer will only be charged as each game is played throughout the duration of Detroit’s playoff run.

Information on Playoff Ticket Plans can be obtained by calling the Red Wings’ Ticket Sales & Service Office at 313-471-7575.

MOST CONSECUTIVE PLAYOFF APPEARANCES IN NHL HISTORY
29 - Boston Bruins (1968-96)
28 - Chicago Blackhawks (1970-97)
25 - St. Louis Blues (1980-04)
24 - Montreal Canadiens (1971-94)
23 - Detroit Red Wings (1991-pres.)
21 - Montreal Canadiens (1949-69)
20 - Detroit Red Wings (1939-58)

ACTIVE CONSECUTIVE PLAYOFF APPEARANCES AMONG PROFESSIONAL SPORTS LEAGUES
23 - National Hockey League, Detroit Red Wings (1991-pres.)
17 - National Basketball Association, San Antonio Spurs (1998-pres.)
5 - National Football League, Green Bay Packers & New England Patriots (2010-pres.)
3 - Major League Baseball, Detroit Tigers & St. Louis Cardinals (2011-pres.)


About The Detroit Red Wings:
The Detroit Red Wings hockey club, an Original Six member of the National Hockey League and 11-time Stanley Cup Champion, was purchased by Michael and Marian Ilitch in 1982. Under Ilitch ownership, the team has won four Stanley Cup championships, six Presidents’ Trophies as the NHL’s regular season champion, and 16 division titles. Other Ilitch companies in the food, sports and entertainment industries include: Little Caesars Pizza, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, Ilitch Holdings, Inc., Olympia Entertainment, Olympia Development, Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program, Champion Foods and Uptown Entertainment. Michael Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers. Marian Ilitch owns the MotorCity Casino Hotel. For more information, visit www.DetroitRedWings.com.

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