And we lost in the first round. In five games. To the Predators.
Big picture. We're trending downwards.
When we were #1 Jimmeh and Pav were playing absolutely lights out. They both got injured, they both came back, and neither was anywhere near close to their pre-injury form. Before they got injured we were playing like genuine contenders. After they came back we were the team that lost in 5.
Thats not to say I disagree with your assessment that we're generally trending downwards - we've lost so many good players in such a short space that we can't not. But last year could have been so much more.
Rooting for one's team to lose says more about the fan than the team.
Aw c'mon, you telling me that when the Lions were 0-15, you weren't rooting for Green Bay in that final game?