Detroit Red Wings Huge Underdogs to Make the Playoffs After Bertuzzi Trade

Detroit Red Wings Huge Underdogs to Make the Playoffs After Bertuzzi Trade

The Detroit Red Wings have drifted out to +750 with DraftKings to make the playoffs after trading Tyler Bertuzzi to Boston.

That trade cemented the Bruins’ status as the red-hot favorites to win the Stanley Cup this season, adding even greater depth to their collection of superstar forwards.

Detroit received a first-round pick from Boston, which is a solid return, even if it is a year away. The Red Wings also gained a conditional 2023 first-round pick and a 2023 second-round pick in exchange for defenseman Filip Hronek, who was traded to the Canucks.

It leaves the franchise well-placed for a future rebuild, but Detroit’s immediate prospects are naturally diminished.

Meanwhile, they are licking their wounds after slumping in back-to-back games against the Senators, which significantly dented their chances of reaching the postseason.

With 22 games remaining, there are still 44 points up for grabs, so there is a mathematical path for the Red Wings, but odds of +750 reflect how difficult it will be.

On a brighter note, Dylan Larkin has been tied down to an eight-year, $69.6 million contract extension.

“With signing an eight-year extension, I’m putting a lot of trust in Steve [Yzerman] and the people that I believe in that are running our organization,” he said. “Our owners are great. The Ilitch family gives us a lot of what we need to be a hockey team and I thank them for that. And I trust Steve. I think he’s going to have to hopefully pull through for us and we’re going to have to continue to pull through as well and get better from within.”

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