The Detroit Red Wings failed to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third straight season after a 25-season streak.
The Red Wings (24-36-10) were eliminated from playoff contention when they lost 3-1 to the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.
Here is a look at what happened during the 2018-19 season for the Red Wings and why things could be better next season:
Potential UFAs: Jimmy Howard, G; Niklas Kronwall, D; Thomas Vanek, F; Luke Witkowski, D
Potential RFAs: Martin Frk, F
Potential 2019 NHL Draft picks: 10
What went wrong
Zetterberg out: The season began with forward Henrik Zetterberg failing his training camp physical and a doctor telling him he couldn't play hockey anymore because of a degenerative back condition. The Red Wings lost their captain, No. 1 center and second-leading scorer from 2017-18, continuing the erosion of their elite talent. Center Pavel Datsyuk went home to Russia in 2016. Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom retired in 2012.