The Detroit Red Wings franchise has seen better years but a new effort to legalize NHL betting in Michigan should give hockey fans a boost of excitement even if Jeff Blashill’s record doesn’t.
After three straight losing seasons and with a roster that features numerous aging stars beyond their prime, the Red Wings future looks very different than its present, although it will still hopefully include homegrown stars like Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou.
Perhaps even more exciting is Michigan’s renewed effort to legalize Detroit Red Wings betting after the Supreme Court lifted the The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a 1992 law that effectively barred sports betting anywhere outside of Nevada. The state’s Senate approved a bill that would allow the state’s casinos to set up online sportsbooks with a 33-5 vote and the state House overwhelmingly approved it just hours later but former Governor Rick Snyder issued a surprise veto of the bill on his way out of office.
Lawmakers still vastly support the legislation and new Governor Gretchen Whitmer has given proponents optimism that the second time is the charm. The bill is widely expected to be approved once again and hopefully signed by Whitmer, allowing any adult over 21 in the state to place a bet from their computer or mobile device.
If you are eager to learn more about NHL betting ahead of the expected legalization, here is a quick primer on NHL odds and bet types.
How to Bet on Detroit Red Wings Odds?
NHL betting is different from NFL betting because hockey games are inherently lower scoring and have much smaller margins. Whereas NFL games have varying “point spreads” or margins of victory the favorite must win by in order for the bet to win, every NHL game has a “puck line” that is always set at 1.5 goals.
NHL bets are placed on the moneyline, which is the ratio between your bet and the payout. So if the Red Wings are a -115 favorite, you would need to bet $115 to win $100. If the Wings are a +105 underdog, a $100 bet wins you $105.
You can use the moneyline to bet on who will win the game straight up or you can use it to bet on the puckline. So if the Wings are a -130 favorite on the puckline, they would have to win by at least 2 goals for your $130 bet to win $100.
Detroit Red Wings Betting Types
Sometimes you don’t want to bet on the game winner, especially if the team is struggling. Luckily many online sportsbooks offer numerous bet types that can add a jolt of excitement to any game.
Red Wings fans can bet on the goal total or “over/under.” This allows you to wager whether the final combined goal total will be lower or higher than the projected goal total set by each sportsbook.
You can also place in-game bets on countless events, like whether Jimmy Howard will have over or under 35 saves or what the score will be after the first period.
You can also place futures bets, which allow you to wager on any season-long event like which team will win the Atlantic Division or which player will lead the league in assists.