|Written by Jerry Santiago|
Bet on the NHLHockey betting odds have seen the defending Western Conference champion Detroit Red Wings hit the bottom of the hockey betting charts for money losing. Hockey betting odds are always high on Detroit, who is one of the most popular, respected, and best known names in hockey betting. This also causes them to be a poor value.
The Red Wings had a record of 8-5-1-2 straight up but just 4-12 with the hockey betting odds. That is because the Red Wings are always one of the most expensive hockey betting teams to take a loss from because they are such consistent heavy favorites.
A great example of the peril of losing to the hockey betting odds with Detroit comes from November 7 when they lost to Toronto 1-5 as -$150 favorites. Such a loss takes 2 wins over the hockey betting odds to make up for so when Detroit is operating at the near .500 mark it is a road to red ink.
The Red Wings offense has picked up the pace recently with the hockey betting odds as it ranked 7th in scoring. Defense has been the Red Wings big problem with the hockey betting odds as they ranked 20th in goals against. Chris Osgood had a 2.77 goals against average while backup Jimmy Howard, who has played one-third of Detroit’s games with the hockey betting odds, had a 2.97 goals against average.
The good news for Red Wing fans is that they did win 4 out of 5 games with the hockey betting odds from October 31 through November 11 so perhaps the tide is about to turn. The Red Wings exploded for a 9-1 win over Columbus on November 11 for their best performance of the season so far.
Another big disappointment so far this season are the Carolina Hurricanes, who made the Eastern Conference Finals last year. Carolina has fallen flat on its face out of the gate with a record of 2-12-1-2 to start the season. The Canes have been equally horrible on both ends of the ice as they ranked 30th in scoring and 29th in goals against.
Carolina defenseman Tim Gleason said it best; “Can’t do much worse from what we’re doing.”