The Red Wings first season in the Eastern Conference, while not up to the team’s usual standards, was successful enough to continue the club’s streak of 23 consecutive playoff appearances – the longest current streak of any team in the big four professional sports leagues. So impressive is this feat, it’s more than double the next longest of any NHL team (San Jose – 10 seasons). The Red Wings had a very quiet off-season, adding little and subtracting only minor parts from their roster. What the Red Wings need most to be successful again in 2014-15 and grab a playoff spot in the weaker Atlantic Division is health. Forwards Pavel Datsyuk, Daniel Alfredsson and Anthony Mantha are currently battling injuries, and their quick recoveries would certainly be beneficial to the Wings’ chances. Alfredsson, the team’s leading scorer last season, is currently unsigned and may retire if his ailing back doesn’t improve.
According to TiqIQ, the average price for Red Wings tickets in 2014-15 is $113.30. The most expensive game on the docket is the back half of a home-and-home series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Saturday, October 18th. The average price of Red Wings vs Maple Leafs tickets is $175.64 for the rematch of last season’s Winter Classic, with a $77 get-in price. Other popular games on the schedule include a Valentine Day matchup with the Jets (average price of $150.05) and a late season matchup with the Bruins on April 2nd (average price of $146.64), promising to have some playoff implications.
Led by Mike Babcock, the Red Wings will attempt to convert their puck possessing ways into a 24th straight playoff appearance. It may prove to be a tougher climb than most of their 23 most recent playoff appearances, but the Red Wings, with their strong leadership core, are always up to the task. The club didn’t clinch a playoff spot until the 80th game of the season in 2013-14, and every step figures to be just as intense for the red and white in 2014-15.