The much maligned Detroit Red Wings registered an 8-2 win against the Calgary Flames at Little Caesars Arena on Wednesday night. In his third NHL season, Anthony Mantha leads the Red Wings with 10 goals and 19 points in 19 games this season. The 23-year-old scored two power-play goals and added an assist in the Wins victory. Odds to Win 2018 Stanley Cup: Red Wings 100-1.
Mantha has been written and featured a large number of times in the first month of the season. His shot has been heralded from spectacular to magnificent. He reportedly sees the ice as well as any player in the game. He can score and assist his team with his over-the-top passing ability. And many have stated that there is no possible way, baring injury, that Mantha won’t score 60 points or less in any of his NHL season
ESPN.com recently featured the Red Wings. The “Why should we believe in the Detroit Red Wings?” article headlined the staff article “Resurgent Dylan Larkin, burgeoning star Anthony Mantha give Red Wings reason for hope — eventually.”
The piece saw Greg Wyshynski write “As the poster in Fox Mulder’s office read: “I Want To Believe.” I want to believe while watching the Red Wings (9-8-2) that we’re watching a burgeoning star in 23-year-old Anthony Mantha, who has more than half the points (19) that he scored last season (36) in 41 fewer games. I want to believe that Dylan Larkin is having the rebound season we hoped for him. I want to believe that Henrik Zetterberg gets one more run. And that Jimmy Howard is as good as that .930 save percentage.”
Furthermore the ESPN NHL feature went on to outline other players from other teams such as “Who’s the first-quarter MVP?”.
But the column offered hope for Detroit faithful. “Red Wings GM Ken Holland has been on the job since 1997. He’s the second-longest tenured GM in the league (but, it should be noted, Nashville’s David Poile beats him by a mere nine days). Mike Babcock (10 seasons as coach) and Pavel Datsyuk (14 seasons) have moved on from Detroit. Last season, it seemed like the Red Wings stumbled without Datsyuk’s leadership, the article read and closed with finally, “Be happy about the improved play and get excited about the young players playing this well, but keep the focus on long-term improvement.’
NHL pundits, for the most part, trust Detroit general manager Holland. And it is evident that Holland likes his roster. The Wings’ GM believes in the young kids and knows coach Jeff Blashill will follow the franchise plan for rest of the season. The rich tradition of the Red Wins will return. The current Detroit roster and its long-term salary-cap outlook are possitive. Those looking to invest in the Detroit Futures will want to wait for another season or two. It is unlikely that Holland, regardless of the Wings record in March, will move future pieces to contending this season.
The World’s Largest Race and Sportsbook, WestGate, opened the Red Wings at odds of 100-to-1 back in May and Detroit has held serve to that number through the first month of the 2017-18 regular season. A complete list of teams and their Odds to Win 2018 Stanley Cup.
Odds to Win 2018 Stanley Cup: Red Wings 100-1