Detroit's next generation takes wing 

May, 2, 2013

SmithJason O. Watson/US PresswireBrendan Smith is one of several young Detroit players gaining valuable playoff experience.
ANAHEIM -- When the Detroit Red Wings were making their playoff push down the stretch, most of the focus was on extending the playoff streak to 22 consecutive seasons -- and its significance to veteran guys like Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall who didn't want the playoff streak to end on their watch.

There's another reason why making the playoffs was important, and it could end up being the more critical of the two. It meant a chance for the next wave of Red Wings to taste the postseason.