2014-’15 NHL Betting: Detroit Red Wings outlook

You would think after making 23 straight playoff appearances that the Detroit Red Wings would attract a couple of free agents to come in and take advantage of the rite of passage to a post-season berth, but no one bit on the hook so they will have to go with what is already there.

Adding injury to insult, Pavel Datsyuk could be starting the season on the shelf with a separated shoulder, an injury he sustained two weeks ago in the pre-season, but has commented that he is closer to returning than expected. Stephen Weiss and Daniel Cleary appeared in grey sweaters for practice, which also tends to mean they are not ready for opening night, so at this early point in the season, keeping healthy players is a growing concern.

Detroit Red Wings Season Odds for Points/Division/Conference/Stanley Cup

Detroit Red Wings regular season points
Over 91½ points -140
Under 91½ points +110
Odds to win the 2014-15 Atlantic Division
Detroit Red Wings +700

Odds to win the 2014-15 Eastern Conference
Detroit Red Wings +1000

Odds to win the 2014-15 Stanley Cup
Detroit Red Wings +2000

Detroit Red Wings 2013-14 Team Betting Recap/Stats

Record: 39 – 28 – 15 (93 Pts)

Offense: 2.65 GPG (16th)
Defense: 2.70 GAA (17th)

Power Play: 17.7% (18th)

Penalty Kill: 83.0% (12th)

Most of us have grown accustomed to the advantage that the home ice gives the Wings, but not even that helped their numbers against the line, after going 35 – 47 ATS in a 39-win season that saw them in a ton of one goal games (21 – 6 – 15 in one goal games). Betting on Detroit Totals barely led to more Unders than Overs, as they were 36 – 39 O/U, not including any pushes on the straight 5s.

Detroit Red Wings 2014-15 Overview

Staying healthy through a six-month regular season will be key if the Wings plan on making their 24th straight playoff appearance, which is currently the longest active post-season streak in all of American sports.

We know the names up front – Hank Zetterberg wearing the captain’s “C” is joined by Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen, Gustav Nyquist, Justin Abdelkader, Stephen Weiss, and Danny Cleary, who all have tenure in Detroit. Youngsters like Tomas Totar, who found the net 19 times last year, are also finding a niche in the Detroit system.

Defensively, Nick Kronwall is the unquestioned leader on the back line and had one of his best seasons in a few years with 49 points. He will be alongside Jonathan Ericsson on the first line. Danny DeKeyser and Kyle Quincy will relieve them with Brendan Smith and Jakub Kindl rounding out the three lines. Kyle Quincey and Brian Lashoff will be vying for playing time as well.

Experience is not an issue for an aging team with plenty of European fire power to lead the PP and find the net 5V5, despite a drop in last year’s numbers to the middle of the pack instead of their customary top 10. Coach Mike Babcock brought in Jim Hiller to boost the PP numbers. Goalie Jimmy Howard was quoted on the team page as saying, “Last year was last year and I can’t really do anything about that now, so I’ll just continue to work hard out there and work on things with my goalie coach, Jim Bedard, and try to get better.” Jonas Gustavsson is more than capable when he needs to fill in for Howard.

Detroit Red Wings 2014-15 Opening Day Roster

#     Name     Pos     Height     Weight     Date Of Birth     Age     Birth Place

Forwards

8     Justin Abdelkader       L     6′ 2″     218     Feb 25, 1987     27     Muskegon, MI, USA
18     Joakim Andersson       C     6′ 2″     211     Feb 5, 1989     25     Munkedal, SWE
17     Daniel Cleary       R     6′ 1″     205     Dec 18, 1978     35     Carbonear, NL, CAN
13     Pavel Datsyuk “A”  **     C     5′ 11″     194     Jul 20, 1978     36     Sverdlovsk, RUS
93     Johan Franzen       R     6′ 4″     232     Dec 23, 1979     34     Vetlanda, SWE
41     Luke Glendening       C     5′ 11″     194     Apr 28, 1989     25     Grand Rapids, MI, USA
43     Darren Helm       C     6′ 0″     196     Jan 21, 1987     27     St. Andrews, MB, CAN
26     Tomas Jurco       R     6′ 1″     203     Dec 28, 1992     21     Kosice, SVK
20     Drew Miller       L     6′ 2″     180     Feb 17, 1984     30     Dover, NJ, USA
49     Andrej Nestrasil       C     6′ 3″     200     Feb 22, 1991     23     Prague, CZE
14     Gustav Nyquist       R     5′ 11″     183     Sep 1, 1989     25     Halmstad, SWE
15     Riley Sheahan       C     6′ 3″     222     Dec 7, 1991     22     St. Catharines, ON, CAN
21     Tomas Tatar       L     5′ 10″     185     Dec 1, 1990     23     Ilava, SVK
90     Stephen Weiss       C     5′ 11″     190     Apr 3, 1983     31     Toronto, ON, CAN
40     Henrik Zetterberg “C”      L     6′ 0″     195     Oct 9, 1980     33     Njurunda, SWE

Defensemen

65     Danny DeKeyser       6′ 3″     190     Mar 7, 1990     24     Detroit, MI, USA
52     Jonathan Ericsson       6′ 4″     221     Mar 2, 1984     30     Karlskrona, SWE
4     Jakub Kindl       6′ 3″     199     Feb 10, 1987     27     Sumperk, CZE
55     Niklas Kronwall “A”      6′ 0″     190     Jan 12, 1981     33     Stockholm, SWE
23     Brian Lashoff       6′ 3″     221     Jul 16, 1990     24     Albany, NY, USA
61     Xavier Ouellet       6′ 1″     190     Jul 29, 1993     21     Bayonne, FRA
27     Kyle Quincey       6′ 2″     207     Aug 12, 1985     29     Kitchener, ON, CAN
2     Brendan Smith       6′ 2″     211     Feb 8, 1989     25     Mimico, ON, CAN

Goalies

50     Jonas Gustavsson       6′ 3″     192     Oct 24, 1984     29     Danderyd, SWE
35     Jimmy Howard       6′ 0″     218     Mar 26, 1984     30     Syracuse, NY, USA
34     Petr Mrazek       6′ 1″     184     Feb 14, 1992     22     Ostrava, CZE

Detroit Red Wings 2014-15 Schedule

Oct 9, 2014     Bruins     Red Wings 7:30 PM
Oct 11, 2014     Ducks     Red Wings 7:00 PM
Oct 15, 2014     Bruins     Red Wings 8:00 PM
Oct 17, 2014     Red Wings     Maple Leafs 7:30 PM
Oct 18, 2014     Maple Leafs     Red Wings  7:00 PM
Oct 21, 2014     Red Wings     Canadiens 7:30 PM
Oct 23, 2014     Penguins     Red Wings 7:30 PM
Oct 25, 2014     Red Wings     Flyers 7:00 PM
Oct 29, 2014     Red Wings     Capitals 7:30 PM
Oct 31, 2014     Kings     Red Wings 7:30 PM

Nov 2, 2014     Red Wings     Sabres 5:00 PM
Nov 4, 2014     Red Wings     Senators 7:30 PM
Nov 5, 2014     Red Wings     Rangers 8:00 PM
Nov 7, 2014     Devils     Red Wings 7:30 PM
Nov 9, 2014     Lightning     Red Wings 6:00 PM
Nov 14, 2014     Blackhawks     Red Wings 7:30 PM
Nov 16, 2014     Canadiens     Red Wings 7:00 PM
Nov 18, 2014     Red Wings     Blue Jackets 7:00 PM
Nov 20, 2014     Red Wings     Jets 8:00 PM
Nov 22, 2014     Red Wings     Maple Leafs 7:00 PM
Nov 24, 2014     Senators     Red Wings 7:30 PM
Nov 26, 2014     Flyers     Red Wings 7:30 PM
Nov 28, 2014     Red Wings     Devils 7:00 PM
Nov 30, 2014     Canucks     Red Wings 2:00 PM

Dec 2, 2014     Panthers     Red Wings 7:30 PM
Dec 4, 2014     Stars     Red Wings 7:30 PM
Dec 6, 2014     Rangers     Red Wings 7:00 PM
Dec 7, 2014     Red Wings     Hurricanes 5:00 PM
Dec 10, 2014     Maple Leafs     Red Wings 8:00 PM
Dec 12, 2014     Panthers     Red Wings 7:30 PM
Dec 13, 2014     Red Wings     Maple Leafs 7:00 PM
Dec 16, 2014     Blue Jackets     Red Wings 7:30 PM
Dec 19, 2014     Islanders     Red Wings 7:30 PM
Dec 21, 2014     Avalanche     Red Wings 6:00 PM
Dec 23, 2014     Sabres     Red Wings 7:30 PM
Dec 27, 2014     Red Wings     Senators 7:00 PM
Dec 29, 2014     Red Wings     Bruins 7:00 PM
Dec 31, 2014     Devils     Red Wings 7:30 PM

Jan 3, 2015     Red Wings     Canucks 10:00 PM
Jan 6, 2015     Red Wings     Oilers 9:30 PM
Jan 7, 2015     Red Wings     Flames 9:30 PM
Jan 10, 2015     Red Wings     Capitals 7:00 PM
Jan 13, 2015     Red Wings     Sabres 7:00 PM
Jan 15, 2015     Red Wings     Blues 8:00 PM
Jan 17, 2015     Predators     Red Wings 7:00 PM
Jan 18, 2015     Sabres     Red Wings 8:00 PM
Jan 20, 2015     Wild     Red Wings 7:30 PM
Jan 27, 2015     Red Wings     Panthers 7:30 PM
Jan 29, 2015     Red Wings     Lightning 7:30 PM
Jan 31, 2015     Islanders     Red Wings 2:00 PM

Feb 5, 2015     Red Wings     Avalanche 9:00 PM
Feb 7, 2015     Red Wings     Coyotes 8:00 PM
Feb 11, 2015     Red Wings     Penguins 8:00 PM
Feb 14, 2015     Jets     Red Wings 7:00 PM
Feb 16, 2015     Canadiens     Red Wings 7:30 PM
Feb 18, 2015     Red Wings     Blackhawks 7:30 PM
Feb 21, 2015     Red Wings     Stars 8:00 PM
Feb 23, 2015     Red Wings     Ducks 10:00 PM
Feb 24, 2015     Red Wings     Kings 10:30 PM
Feb 26, 2015     Red Wings     Sharks 10:30 PM
Feb 28, 2015     Red Wings     Predators 3:00 PM

Mar 4, 2015     Rangers     Red Wings 8:00 PM
Mar 6, 2015     Flames     Red Wings 7:30 PM
Mar 8, 2015     Red Wings     Bruins 7:30 PM
Mar 9, 2015     Oilers     Red Wings 7:30 PM
Mar 12, 2015     Blue Jackets     Red Wings 7:30 PM
Mar 14, 2015     Red Wings     Flyers 1:00 PM
Mar 15, 2015     Red Wings     Penguins 7:30 PM
Mar 19, 2015     Red Wings     Panthers 7:30 PM
Mar 20, 2015     Red Wings     Lightning 7:30 PM
Mar 22, 2015     Blues     Red Wings 12:30 PM
Mar 24, 2015     Coyotes     Red Wings 7:30 PM
Mar 26, 2015     Sharks     Red Wings 7:30 PM
Mar 28, 2015     Lightning     Red Wings 2:00 PM
Mar 29, 2015     Red Wings     Islanders 5:00 PM
Mar 31, 2015     Senators     Red Wings 7:30 PM

Apr 2, 2015     Bruins     Red Wings 7:30 PM
Apr 4, 2015     Red Wings     Wild 7:00 PM
Apr 5, 2015     Capitals     Red Wings 5:00 PM
Apr 7, 2015     Hurricanes     Red Wings 7:30 PM
Apr 9, 2015     Red Wings     Canadiens 7:30 PM
Apr 11, 2015     Red Wings     Hurricanes 7:00 PM

Ej Garr

Ej Garr has been a freelance sports writer and handicapper for 20 years. He appeared as a featured writer in Beckett's World Cup Magazine for the 2014 World Cup, and can currently be found writing soccer previews at Diamond Sportsbook. You can also listen to his radio shows on the Sports Palooza Radio Network as host of a weekly Fantasy Football Radio Show every Sunday morning.