NHL: The Red Wings are entering hostile territory in 2025

Detroit Red Wings Sport News


  • The Red Wings will face the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 1, 2025 at Ohio Stadium, part of the NHL’s series of outdoor games held throughout the season.
  • It will be the Wings fifth time playing a regular season game outdoors. They’re 2-0-2, but haven’t played in one since 2017.
  • Ohio Stadium is home to the Ohio State Buckeyes, the ultimate rival of the Michigan Wolverines.

Born and raised in Louisiana, Darren Cooper has a fond appreciation for bayous, Mardi Gras beads and the sports betting industry. Darren has worked for multiple print and online publications since 1998, primarily as a sports columnist in the Northeast. He’s covered a Super Bowl (it was a blowout), the World Series (same) and the NBA Draft (man, those guys are tall). For the last few years he’s dug deep into the sports gambling industry as it exploded across America, learning how the legal sausage is made and how while all the sportsbooks look the same, they all have different identities and styles. He’s learned to always bet within his means -- and take the under. When not in front of his computer creating, Darren spends time with his three boys. He runs, reads and is always looking for the next big thing to write about.

Michigan sports teams are in the national spotlight. Again.

The Michigan Wolverines are NCAA football champs. The Detroit Lions reached their second NFC title game. The NFL Draft is heading to Downtown Detroit. The Detroit Pistons, well, they lost a lot of games in a row.

And now the attention turns to the Detroit Red Wings. It was announced over the weekend that the Wings were selected to play in the NHL Stadium Series showcase next March at Ohio Stadium to face the Columbus Blue Jackets March 1.

This season the Wings are clinging to the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Michigan sportsbooks like BetMGM and Caesars have markets on each important game down the stretch for the Wings. FanDuel lists the Wings as -130 to make the playoffs and +3200 to reach the Stanley Cup Finals.

Welcome to The Horseshoe 

The NHL staged a Stadium Series doubleheader this weekend at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, with the Devils beating the Flyers 6-3, and the Rangers beating the Islanders in OT 6-5 Sunday outdoors, with crowds over 70,000 for each game.

Michigan set the standard for outdoor NHL regular season games when the Red Wings hosted Toronto at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, setting a record for biggest crowd, but losing to the Maple Leafs 3-2.

Eleven years later, the Michigan/Ohio State rivalry adds a unique twist with the Blue Jackets as the home team hosting the Wings.

What’s Up With the Wings? 

Detroit closes out a West Coast swing Monday afternoon in Seattle against the Kraken. They are 1-2 on the road trip, losing badly to both Edmonton and Vancouver, but beating Calgary.

With 62 points, the Wings have a two-point lead over the Devils for the last playoff spot. The Islanders are four points behind. The Wings haven’t made the playoffs since the 2015-2016 season, one of the longest droughts in franchise history.

Starting goalie Ville Husso is back on the injured list after suffering a lower leg injury on this road trip and his status is weekly. That’s not good for the Wings.