Online Betting NHL Surprisingly Siding with Detroit

Posted by: Charlie Smith
Devils vs Red Wings Odds and Betting preview

Another online betting NHL weekend in the books, another step closer the Detroit Red Wings have come to snapping their monumental quarter-century playoff-appearance streak. Although some sportsbook players were optimistic about the Red Wings’ postseason chances because of their recent points-streak, (Detroit won three straight and then lost three consecutively in OT) the Red Wings haven’t made up nearly enough points to paint them as actual playoff contenders.

Nevertheless, Detroit will once again take to the ice in a vain attempt to rescue their fleeting playoff chances Tuesday night when they face off against the New Jersey Devils at the Joe Louis Arena.  Like Detroit, New Jersey also ranks at the bottom of their division. So, with that in mind, which bottom-ranking team will the sportsbooks come out in favor of?


New Jersey Devils     +1½ (-275)       5 (-115)           +105

Detroit Red Wings      -1½ (+235)      5 (-105)           -125

It seems that the bookies think your bet on hockey lines should go in favor of the Detroit. The -125 odds on the money line aren’t favoring the Red Wings too heavily, but with both teams turning in such dismal seasons, it’s hard for the bookmakers to choose one lackluster club over another.

After competing in 49 contests, the Red Wings will be coming into Tuesday’s contest with a 20-20-9 record that yields them 49 points and ties them for last place in the Atlantic Division with the Buffalo Sabres. The online betting NHL odds think that Detroit will be able to get the job done Tuesday evening but considering how poorly the Red Wings have been performing as of late, it’s very hard to imagine them beating anybody.

Detroit has lost the last 4 games in a row. Although three of those losses were in overtime, and yielded the Red Wings some points, their last 4-0 shutout loss to the Maple Leafs was a stark reminder of how this year’s team truly measure up.

The Red Wings are led in points by Henrik Zetterberg who has racked up 33 so far this season. Thomas Vanek is Detroit’s leading goal-scorer who has found the net 12 times this season. The fact that Vanek is leading the club with just 12 goals further demonstrates the lack of offensive firepower that has been plaguing Detroit all season long. With such a blatant lack of offense, there are only a handful of teams that the Red Wings would be favored over – one of which is the Devils.

The Devils, who have played 50 games this season, will be coming into this bout with a 20-21-9 record that nets them 49 points and ties them for last place in the Metropolitan with the Carolina Hurricanes. Additionally, New Jersey will be coming into this match with a 2-game losing streak after conceding consecutive losses to the Kings and Capitals.

Tuesday night’s sportsbook underdog has been relying on Taylor Hall who has yielded 31 points this season for New Jersey. Adam Henrique leads the Devils in goals with his total of 12 which, like Detroit, raises questions about this team’s offensive capabilities.

With both teams sporting unsuccessful offenses, Tuesday night’s contest might turn out to be quite a bore.