Are the Vancouver Canucks a lock for the Northwest Division title - or do others have a hope and what do the NHL odds say?

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Pinnacle Sports, as well as other sportsbooks, have NHL picks and odds lined up for the Northwest Division.  Be sure to discuss the NHL season at the hockey handicapping forum.  Also check out SBR odds as the NHL betting season approaches to look forward to betting matchups in the NHL schedule.

Vancouver in NHL NorthWestVancouver Canucks (-204) (49-28-5, 103 Points)

The Northwest Division winners may just prove hockey handicappers correct for the repeat in the division.  After a quiet summer they look ready to make a strong run for the top spot again, as well as in the playoffs.  The Canucks will certainly be tough as the NHL betting season rolls along.

Keith Ballard and Dan Hamhuis will help the defense.  Much of the pressure will ride on the Sedin twins if they hope to dominate the Northwest and NHL odds matchups.

Colorado Avalanche (+361) (43-30-9, 95 Points)

Don't underestimate the Avalanche's chances at sliding past the Canucks for the top spot.  Their young team is steadily growing and will look to do some damage in hockey money lines and odds throughout the season.

With another relatively quiet season, look at the goalie situation for the Avalanche once the NHL season begins.  If their 2 unproven goaltenders fare well, so will the team and their chances at cashing in the +361 odds.

Calgary Flames (+669) (40-32-10, 90 Points)

Not making the playoffs last year, the Flames may be headed along this route yet again.  Trading away a lot of their defense, they struggle at times in NHL odds matchups, which doesn't look good for the aging Mikka Kiprusoff.

Robin Regehr, Jay Bouwmeester, Jerome Iginla, and Olli Jokinen may carry this team in the upcoming hockey season.  But how far?

Minnesota Wild (+1500) (38-36-8, 84 Points)

The Wild may look to Martin Havlat to have a chance at the playoffs, or at least a respectable season.  Guillaume Latendresse had a great season last year, which will be important if they are to have success for hockey betting enthusiasts this upcoming season.

Cam Barker should help the Wild defensively.  While they likely won't win the division, of course, they have a chance at improving and providing some nice value bets if the cogs align properly.

Edmonton Oilers (+2483) (27-47-8, 62 Points)

With 62 points, the Oilers' closest basement team was at 74 points with Toronto.  Yes, this makes the Oilers the worst team in the NHL, which isn't likely to get better.  Don't put too many bets on the Oilers this year, as their biggest offseason acquisition was a new coach.

Khabibulin or Gerber will be in net, due to problems with the law for the former.  With the exception of Sam Gagner, who the Oilers are riding on for some life, there isn't too much to say for the Oilers NHL betting season, which isn't looking good.  Anything can happen though... right?