Sportsbooks Don’t Think Much of Detroit’s Playoff Chances

Posted by: Mike Davis
Red Wings vs. Kings

Most online NHL betting fans would agree that the Detroit Red Wings have one of the most storied franchises in all of North America. Very few clubs can compete with the expansive history the Red Wings have, a history that is riddled with success. In fact, Detroit’s current 25-season postseason appearance streak is the longest standing active streak in the NHL, as well as the other 3 major North American professional sports leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB).  However, if the season ended today, the Detroit Red Wings would be absent from the NHL postseason for the first time in a quarter century. Before the season began most sportsbooks were less than sanguine about Detroit’s Stanley Cup chances. Now that we’re a couple of months into the season, most hockey betting sites are starting to think less and less of the Red Wings.

As things stand now, Detroit ranks penultimate in the Atlantic Division, all thanks to their 16-17-5 record that has netted them a measly 37 points. Last season the Red Wings finished with a 41-30-11 record which gained them 93 points and allowed them to make the playoffs. However, if the current trend continues, it seems that Detroit will be taking a step back this season, instead of making progress. Nevertheless, it’s still not too late for the Red Wings to make a turnaround and try to salvage the year and keep their postseason appearance streak alive. Detroit will get an opportunity to accomplish just that on Thursday, January 5th when they travel to California to take on the Los Angeles Kings. Considering that the Red Wings are second to last in the Atlantic, what will the online NHL betting odds have to say about Detroit’s chances this Thursday night?

NHL ODDS – Thursday, January 5th (All Games Must Go Official Time)

Detroit Red Wings +1½ (-185)           5 (-115)           +175

Los Angeles Kings -1½ (+160)           5 (-105)           -210

Unsurprisingly, the sportsbooks are siding with the Kings. Heading into this contest, the Kings will sport a 19-15-4 record which places them 5th in the Pacific Division with 42 points. The matchup against Detroit will mark the beginning of a 7-game homestand for Los Angeles that will culminate in a match against rival San Jose Sharks on Wednesday the 18th.

The Kings will come into this game held high after picking up consecutive wins over the Sharks. Los Angeles, who currently trail the Sharks by 6 points in the Pacific, will be looking to continue their ascent in the division by picking up a home win against the Red Wings. The Kings are led offensively by Jeff Carter, who has earned points in 6 of the last seven contests. Sportsbook fans should know that Carter is tied for second in the league for goals scored.

As aforementioned, the Red Wings haven’t missed out on the online NHL betting playoffs since the 1989-1990 season. However, their abysmal power play, which failed on three opportunities last Wednesday, might pave the way to a Detroit playoff absenteeism.