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A team like the Detroit Red Wings probably can ask history to work only so hard. After that, it's a lost cause. Just ask the Boston Red Sox.

The Red Wings have a lot of history; they were one of the original six NHL teams. But that's not going to help them tonight when they face the St. Louis Blues in Game 7 of their Western Conference series.For what seems like too long now, a lot of things have gone wrong for the Red Wings. These mishaps have propelled the club high onto the list of underachievers.

-In 1993, Toronto eliminated Detroit in the first round.

-In 1994, San Jose eliminated Detroit in the first round.

-In 1995, after compiling the NHL's best regular-season record, the Red Wings were swept in the finals by the New Jersey Devils.

-In 1996, after winning an NHL-record 62 games, the Red Wings find themselves pushed to the brink of elimination by the underdog Blues.

"We know we can play with them and we know we can beat them," Blues defenseman Charlie Huddy said. "We need to get fired up. It's do or die and we've got to be ready for it."

This marks the 16th time a Detroit team has gone to Game 7 of a playoff series, the 10th time in the history of the Blues. The Red Wings are 9-7 in such games, St. Louis is 5-5. But both Detroit and St. Louis have lost the last two times they were extended to a seventh game.