There were a couple of very rough seasons in the recent history of the Detroit Red Wings. They finished with a paltry 39 and 48 points (although, the latter was in a shortened season). The team rebounded last season to show signs of life, and a pont total of 74.
Have the Wings, in fact, bottomed out? Could be. Those who subscribe to the NHL betting odds seem to be excited about this squad. Players like Moritz Seider and Lucas Raymond have made this team interesting once again.
Along with Dylan Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi and Jakub Vrana, this has the potential to (possibly) grab a playoff spot. Are they worth a bet online?
Detroit Red Wings Current Odds
- To win Stanley Cup +5000
- To win Eastern Conference +3000
- To win Atlantic Division +3000
- To make playoffs Yes +310/ No -400
Player to Watch
Jakub Vrana was traded to the Red Wings (by the Washington Capitals) halfway through the 2021-22 season, In his 37 games in Detroit, 21 goals and nine assists. He missed five months after undergoing shoulder surgery.
If he’s able to sustain a full season with the Wings, then Vrana could be one of the more impactful players on the roster.
The Red Wings traded winger Anthony Mantha as part of the deal to get Vrana. Many weren’t sure about that trade, but so far, the Red Wings have to be pleased.
Player to Watch: LW, Jakub Vrana
Filip Zadina was drafted No. 6 overall in 2018, and the winger’s production hasn’t been what they’ve expected (10 goals in 74 games last season). He has looked good in preseason action and seems a different player under new coach Derek Lalonde.
With only 25 goals in 160 games as a Wing, he has to be better at finishing chances.
He’s still just 22 years old, and recently inked a three-year, $5.475 million contract in the offseason. He is primed for a breakout.
Breakout Watch: RW, Filip Zadina
Red Wings’ Outlook
They weren’t nearly a playoff contender a season ago, but that was expected. It was a developmental season, and Detroit did manage to cultivate a core of youngsters.
Heading into this season, the team looks to be somewhat improved. The challenge is to be competitive in a very strong Atlantic Division of the NHL.
With the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Tampa Bay Lightning as givens to make the postseason, Detroit isn’t a good bet in the sportsbook to qualify.
That also means you probably do not want to take them to win the division or Stanley Cup with your NHL picks.
However, if you’re as optimistic as we are, surpassing the 85-point projection shouldn’t be a problem here. Of course, this team could improve on the ice without improving significantly in the standings, so ‘under’ could also have its support. Detroit may be a force, but that may be a season (or few) away
There are too many tough teams in the Atlantic to expect a huge leap by Detroit.