The Detroit Red Wings are one of those teams that puts the goal of winning the Stanley Cup out there and doesn't shy away from it.
This year wasn't much different, but Detroit's season of promise in 2011-12 -- which at one point saw the Red Wings set the record for most consecutive wins at home in NHL history (23) -- ended far short of the ultimate goal. It took the Nashville Predators, a rival from the Central Division, just five games to put Detroit's dreams of a 12th Stanley Cup on ice.
"Right now, your thoughts aren't really there," defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "Right now it's just an empty feeling. Very disappointed, not only myself but the way our team started the game. We have to be a lot...