The Detroit Red Wings are one of the most legendary teams in the NHL. With that thought in mind, we wanted to pay them respect by sharing some interesting facts about the club. We will check out some of their trophies, retired numbers, as well as the franchise’s short history. But before we do that, let’s have a look at which teams are most likely to win the Stanley Cup.
Stanley Cup Odds
Let’s take the odds step by step. We’ll start with the teams that are most likely to win in their respective conferences. Colorado Avalanches are the most likely team to win the Western Conference. Their odds are +475. On the other side, Tampa Bay Lightning is the most likely team to win the Eastern Conference with odds sitting at +333.
The odds for the Atlantic Division to produce the winner are +220. The Central Division’s odds are +240, while the Pacific Division’s odds are +275. The Metropolitan Division is last in the list with odds sitting at +320, but as you can see the competition is fierce.
When looking at the NHL playoff odds, it is important to remember that not all online bookies have the same bonuses and promotions in store, so you might want to research a bit. Tampa Bay Lightning are at the No.1 spot with odds coming at +750. Vegas Golden Knights are second with +1000. Toronto Maple Leafs are the third spot with +1200, while Boston Bruins are 4th. Bruins’ odds are +1300. Colorado Avalanches are 5th of the list, their odds of winning are +1800.
Now that we have all of the potential winners listed, let’s head back over to the Detroit Red Wings and their story.
The Detroit Red Wings were founded in 1926 as part of the Original Six. In the beginning, the team’s official name was Detroit Cougars. Years since it was founded, they changed the name to Detroit Falcons and were playing under that name in the next 2 years, until 1932. The name that the team carries today was presented in 1932. Since 2017, after Joe Louis Arena was closed, the home arena is the Little Ceasars Arena.
The team had some ups and downs in its history, but the most notable one was the Dead Wings era, they hit a slump from which they did not emerge for 15 years (1867-1982). After coming out of that dark period, the 90s were a golden era for the Red Wings with Scotty Bowman as the new manager. They won their first Stanley Cup in the last 42 years and set the NHL record for most wins in a season (62).
Today, the Red Wings are having a small struggle trying to reach the playoffs. After opening the Little Caesars Arena, they have been successful, but it is still not enough. In April, the team announced that Steve Yzerman will rejoin the team as general manager and executive vice president. Fans are confident that the new season will bring success even though they have some slight hiccups.
Out of all US NHL franchises, the Detroit Red Wings are the most decorated when it comes to the number of Stanley Cups. They have lifted the trophy 11 times in their history, and are third on the overall list, with Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens as the only franchises above them.
Other than Stanley Cups, the Red Wings have 6 Conference Championships, 6 Presidents’ Trophies, and 19 Division Championships. Their trophy cabinet is definitely filled with silverware.
There are a total of 8 retired numbers that belonged to legends at the Red Wings. The most recent one was the number 4 worn by Red Kelly. Other than that the numbers 1, 5, 7, 9, 10, and 12 are retired as well.