How To Bet On The Red Wings In Michigan / NHL Betting

Even before the coronavirus, the Detroit Red Wings had a rough 2019-2020 season. The new general manager’s goal is to rebuild the roster into a strong competitive team with better standings than 17-45-5.

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 NHL season has been reduced to 56 games, which began in early January 2021. However, Red Wings fans can find joy in the fact that online sports betting will be launching in mid-January, allowing a remote betting option for anyone who believes in their team’s comeback. Here’s what you need to know about betting on the Red Wings in Michigan.

Red Wings Odds At The Best Sportsbooks

  DraftKings Sportsbook FanDuel Sportsbook PointsBet
Detroit Red Wings +30000 +20000 +19000

Where Can You Bet On The Red Wings?

While all of Michigan’s casinos are planning on offering sports betting, three casinos rolled it out before anybody else. The MGM Grand, MotorCity, and Greektown in Detroit began operating retail sportsbooks the first week of legalization. As of mid-January 2021, casinos have reopened after a series of COVID-related shutdowns throughout 2020, and more retail sportsbooks have launched. Several of Michigan’s tribal casinos opened their retail sportsbook locations and started to accept NHL bets.

Bettors looking for online gambling options will be pleased to know that the state is planning to launch sports betting apps in mid-January 2021. The State of Michigan had to write the rules and regulations governing mobile and online sports betting, which led to a slightly delayed launch. This leaves plenty of time to bet on this year’s Stanley Cup, along with opportunities to bet the Red Wings throughout the season.


This sports betting titan, one of the top two in the US, comes to Michigan as a partner of Bay Mills Resort & Casino. Through the agreement, DraftKings will eventually launch both an in-person sportsbook and online app in Michigan.


The MotorCity Casino Hotel has partnered with FanDuel Sportsbook for both retail and online sports betting. The mobile app will launch in Michigan sometime in mid-January 2021.


The tribal casino Northern Waters Casino Resort, Watersmeet is the retail partner for PointsBet. Like other sports betting apps in Michigan, it is slated to launch sometime in January 2021. Michigan bettors will be able to take advantage of NHL betting options, including the sportsbook’s unique “PointsBetting” wagering system.

Retails Sportsbook Michigan

Michigan’s three commercial casinos in Detroit each have sportsbooks that went live almost as soon as in-person sports betting did. The first casino in Detroit to launch its sportsbook was Greektown Casino-Hotel, which reopened as Barstool Sportsbook in late December 2020. Upon opening, the Barstool Sportsbook at Greektown Casino became the first retail sportsbook in the US for the Barstool Sportsbook brand.

MGM Grand Detroit opened its retail sportsbook, called BetMGM Sports Lounge, in March. COVID-19 restrictions forced the casino to shut down after just a few days of business for the sportsbook, but after a number of Covid-related closures throughout 2020, the casino is once again open as of mid-January 2021. BetMGM Sports Lounge opened over the summer, and it’s an excellent option for Red Wings fans who want to bet in person this season.

MotorCity partnered with FanDuel for its sportsbook. As such, the casino includes a FanDuel-branded retail sportsbook. All of the above Detroit sportsbooks accept Red Wings betting.  

How NHL Betting Odds Are Calculated

There are a number of different ways odds can be presented to bettors. In hockey, the moneyline is the most common. For example, a Red Wings versus Hurricanes game might show -135/+110, respectively. The negative sign indicates the team favored to win, whereas the plus sign indicates the team that is predicted to lose.

The moneyline allots a handicap to the favored team, so you won’t stand to win as much if you bet on a team that is already likely to win. Essentially, it tells you how much money you would need to put down to win $100. If you took the aforementioned bet on the Red Wings, you’d need to put down $135 to win $100. If you put down $500, you would win $370. Conversely, if you were to bet on the Hurricanes and they won, your $100 would be rewarded with an additional $110 return.

What Are The Most Popular Types Of Red Wings Bets?

If you want to pick the winner of one match up, you can make a standard moneyline bet. But can you bet on multiple winners in a row? Parlay bets are all-or-nothing bets where you wager on the outcome of a few games in a row. But if you get one wrong, you lose the whole bet.

You can also bet on a match’s final score. The puck line is the hockey term for betting on the point spread. Bettors can also wager on the total number of goals scored between both teams during a match. But for the particularly ambitious, the Grand Salami wagers on the total number of points across all matches during the day. No one goes farther with point betting than hockey.

Other popular bets include futures and props, which will explain below.

What Is An NHL Futures Bet

A futures wager allows you to bet on an event that will happen sometime later in the season. Examples of futures bets include predicting a team’s win total for the season, the league MVP, the Stanley Cup champion, and more.

You can also place a futures bet on the Red Wings if you think they’ll come out on top of the Eastern Conference. Bettors must be confident in the Red Wings’ comeback to make such a risky bet so many months in advance. Bettors in Michigan can place futures bets on the Stanley Cup playoffs and the finals even if the Red Wings don’t make the cut.

How To Place Prop Bets On Red Wings

A prop bet, which is simply a prediction of an event happening during a game, is a fun way to engage with a live game and add extra excitement to your viewing. Bet on who will pick the first fight or who will shoot the first intercepted pass. Any random-chance event is fair game for small bets like these.

How To Bet On Red Wings In Michigan

Once you’ve settled on one of Michigan’s legal online sportsbooks, you’re only a few quick steps from placing your first bet on the Red Wings. Here’s a look at how to go through the registration process and find betting markets for the Red Wings at DraftKings:

  1. Download the DraftKings app  – If you have an Apple iOS device, you can download the DraftKings app directly from the Apple Store. Android users must go to the DraftKings MI website to find the app, due to Google Play’s rules against gambling apps. If you are so inclined, DraftKings can also be enjoyed as a browser-based client.
  2. Register an account – To register, you’ll need to submit proof of age and identity, a valid email address, and choose a password.
  3. Make your first deposit – Once registered, you’re able to deposit using methods like ACH/eCheck, debit/credit cards, PayPal, and others.
  4. Find the NHL betting menu – Open the app and navigate through sports to find hockey and then NHL.
  5. Bet on the Red Wings – Simply find the game you want to bet on and browse your betting options.

How To Bet On The Championship In Michigan

Although the 2021 season may be a rough ride with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Michigan bettors will soon be able to bet remotely from sportsbooks apps. That means that if you don’t want to risk walking into a retail sportsbook, of which there are quite a few options, you can opt to place your bets on the 2021 Stanley Cup from the comfort of your home.

Online sports betting became legal in Michigan in December 2019, and will be released to market in mid-January 2021. That leaves plenty of games left in the 2021 NHL season for you to place futures bets for the upcoming championship.

Red Wings Partnerships

The Red Wings don’t have their own sportsbook partnership, but the NHL does. In fact, the NHL has deals with:

  1. William Hill
  2. FanDuel
  3. MGM Resorts International

Red Wings fans will find all these companies in Michigan. The MGM Grand Detroit was the site of the first legal sports bet cast in Michigan, and FanDuel opened a brick-and-mortar location at MotorCity Casino in Detroit. Although William Hill was the slowest to roll out, NHL fans will notice its influence during the height of hockey season.

Do Michigan's Legal Sportsbooks Offer Bets On Red Wings?

Yes. It is legal to place bets on the Red Wings at retail sportsbooks in Michigan. All sportsbooks will offer betting opportunities for the NHL. When online sports betting launches in mid-January 2021, you’ll be able to legally place bets online as well.

Where Can I Bet On The Stanley Cup In Michigan?

You can place a futures bet for the Stanley Cup through virtually any legal online sportsbook in Michigan. Although the Red Wings odds are slim, Michigan bettors can bet on any game and any team in the playoffs and the Stanley Cup itself.

What Are The Odds The Detroit Red Wings Will Win The Stanley Cup?

Not great. In 2020, the Red Wings had a disappointing season. They were knocked out of playoff contention in February (about one month into the season).

This year, major sportsbooks in Michigan have the Red Wings’ odds of winning the Stanley Cup at between +19,000 and +30,000.

Is DraftKings Sportsbook Legal In Michigan?

Yes. DraftKings Sportsbook operates in Michigan thanks to a partnership with Bay Mills Resort & Casino.

The agreement between DraftKings and the tribal casino will soon yield an on-property sportsbook, and the mobile DraftKings Sportsbook will launch in January 2021.

Do The Red Wings Have Any Partnerships With A Sportsbook?

No, the Red Wings don’t have any of their own official partnerships with sportsbooks in Michigan. However, the NHL has partnerships with three Michigan sportsbooks. The NHL currently holds partnerships with MGM Resorts International, FanDuel, and William Hill.

How Popular Is Betting On The Red Wings?

Hockey won’t keep up with college or professional football, and it may even struggle to compete with baseball and basketball. But it’s still ahead of soccer. Hockey fans are a passionate group, so the Red Wings will have plenty of money riding on their performance.

About the Author

Christopher Gerlacher

Christopher Gerlacher is a writer tucked into the foothills of Colorado Springs, Colorado.