Hockey fans in Michigan are legally allowed to bet on the National Hockey League and the Detroit Red Wings online, as mobile betting in the state will launch Friday at noon. Fans will be able to wager on another unique hockey season and one that hopes to see the Red Wings take steps in the right direction after bottoming out with a 17-49-5 record last season. Detroit has played solid hockey thus far in 2021 as they currently sport a 2-2 record with 4 points.
How to bet on the Red Wings and the NHL
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Betting on the Red Wings during the 2020-21 season could prove to be a rather profitable endeavor. Expectations remain desperately low despite a strong offseason led by general manager Steve Yzerman. Detroit should be an underdog more often than not throughout the season.
Game lines consist of a moneyline, puck line/spread, and an Over/Under or Total. All can exist for a full 60-minute game including or excluding overtime and a shootout, or be set for each individual period. Alternate lines can also be bet with safer or more profitable odds.
The moneyline is the most straight forward and first stop of most sports bettors. It simply asks which team will win the game. Odds can range from -105 to -250 or lower for a favorite with profits of $9.52 and $4, respectively, on a $10 bet. Underdogs will generally be priced at +100 (even money) to +250 for profits of $10 or $25 on a $10 bet. Three-way lines could include a tie after 60 minutes and boost the odds for all three outcomes.
The puck line typically comes at +/-1.5 and asks whether a favorite will win by two or more goals, or if the underdog can stay within one goal in a loss. In more lopsided, late-season matchups, the line can be set at +/-2.5 in anticipation of a multi-goal margin of victory. These odds are typically set between +125 and -125 but are often the same on either side.
The Over/Under sets a line for how many goals the two teams are expected to score, either in regulation or including overtime and/or a shootout. Alternate lines could be set for each team’s individual goal total, or for each separate period.
Odds and lines for each of the three bet types can extend in either direction later in the season, as teams separate in the standings. Injuries, star players, and public betting action can also steer the odds.
Like futures betting, prop bets can be found for each game, as well. These will ask for the first goal scorer of the game, player head-to-heads for statistics such as shots, goals, and saves, or Over/Unders for many hits, shots or points a specific player will record in the game.
Live betting allows fans to get action online or on their mobile device wherever they may be watching the game. Lines will adjust depending on the game situation, such as score, penalties, or injuries. Following along with the game and acting quickly is a major advantage, especially when knowing when the eye test doesn’t match the odds.
Red Wings futures odds
The Red Wings were the biggest longshots to win the 2021 Stanley Cup at both DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook just prior to the start of the season. They were +35000 and +20000, respectively, with a $10 bet returning a profit of $3,500 or $2,000. By comparison, the Colorado Avalanche were the preseason favorites at both sportsbooks with Stanley Cup futures odds of +600 or +700 – returning a profit of $60 or $70, respectively, on a $10 bet.
Despite their decent start, the Red Wings still have the highest odds to win the Stanley Cup at FanDuel Sportsbook. Detroit still checks in at +20000. By comparison, the Avalanche remain favorites with title odds of +650.
Detroit opened with +8000 odds last season, according to SportsOddsHistory.com. Only the Ottawa Senators (+30000) opened with higher odds while four other teams shared the +8000 number. The Red Wings’ odds rose throughout the season until they were taken off the board after being eliminated from playoff contention prior to the season being put on pause in mid-March.
The Red Wings have missed the playoffs each of the past four seasons after making the postseason in 25 consecutive campaigns. They’ve won four Stanley Cups since 1996-97 but not since 2007-08.
Red Wings Player Futures
The Red Wings’ lone MVP (Hart Trophy) candidate at FanDuel Sportsbook is C Dylan Larkin. He’s a longshot contender with +9000 odds returning a profit of $900 on a $10 bet. Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid the lowest odds at FD at the moment as he sits at +350. The award will be announced this summer following the end of the 2020-21 season.
Historically, goals and points matter most, with Montreal Canadiens G Carey Price being the last goalie to win the award in 2014-15. No defenseman has been named MVP since St. Louis Blues D Chris Pronger in 1999-2000.
Odds have also been posted for best goaltender (Vezina Trophy), best defensemen (Norris Trophy), leading goal scorer (Rocket Richard Trophy), and rookie of the year (Calder Trophy). Red Wings G Thomas Greiss is among the longshots for the Vezina Trophy at +2600.
2021 Stanley Cup odds
A look at Stanley Cup futures for the 2021 NHL season.