DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings clinched a spot in the 2015 Stanley Cup® Playoffs for the 24th straight season by earning a point against the Montreal Canadiens in a 4-3 overtime defeat on Thursday night at Bell Centre in conjunction with Boston’s 4-2 loss at Florida. The Red Wings currently sit in third place within the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference with 98 points (42-25-14) and one game remaining on the regular-season schedule.
Detroit’s streak of 24-straight playoff appearances (1990-91 – present) is the longest active streak in all of North American major professional sports and is tied for the fourth longest of its kind in NHL history. In comparison, the longest active playoff streaks in the three additional major professional sports leagues are 18 years for the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, six years for the NFL’s Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots and four years for MLB’s Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals.
The Red Wings wrap up the 2014-15 regular-season schedule on the road on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. against the Carolina Hurricanes (FOX Sports Detroit / 97.1 The Ticket).
Red Wings playoff tickets are on sale for the first two opening-round home contests. Fans will be able to purchase tickets for a potential Round 1 Home Game 3, if necessary, starting on Thursday, April 16 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 - St. Louis Blues (1980-04)
24 - Detroit Red Wings (1991-pres.)
24 - Montreal Canadiens (1971-94)
21 - Montreal Canadiens (1949-69)
20 - Detroit Red Wings (1939-58)
ACTIVE CONSECUTIVE PLAYOFF APPEARANCES AMONG PROFESSIONAL SPORTS LEAGUES
24 - National Hockey League, Detroit Red Wings (1991-pres.)
18 - National Basketball Association, San Antonio Spurs (1998-pres.)
6 - National Football League, Green Bay Packers & New England Patriots (2010-pres.)
4 - 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.