This all mid-west sports betting matchups features the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ of the bet on hockey world with the well-established Detroit Red Wings hosting the expansion team Columbus Blue Jackets at Joe Lewis Stadium on April 1st.
The Blue Jackets (31-32-5) have made a splash in the NHL betting scene since debuting several years ago but the 2010 NHL wagering season wasn’t exactly the team’s finest. With 76 points through 75 sports betting games, Columbus’ NHL playoff betting hopes are nil. As most people make hockey bets know, this team is currently in last place in the Central Division and in 14th place out of 15 teams in the Western Conference hockey betting standings.
The Detroit Red Wings (39-23-13) are also having an off year but lately they’ve been one of the surest hockey bets around. Since the Olympic break the Wings have been one of the best teams in the NHL odds. At the midpoint of the NHL betting season it looked as if the Wings might even miss the playoffs just a year after making it to the Stanley Cup betting finals.
But inspired play on both ends of the ice have put this team back in the NHL postseason odds battle and the Wings currently hold the #6 seed in the Western Conference standings with several games left in the NHL wagering season.
The Blue Jackets are a mediocre team at best, but they are particularly bad on the road. The smart hockey bet play here is taking the Wings at home in front of their rabid Detroit fan base. Away from Columbus the Jackets are 12-25-5 while the Wings are an impressive 12-10-5 on their home ice. Detroit will win this hockey wagering matchup.