NHL Betting: Canucks +10000 Long Road To Stanley Cup

Vancouver Canucks' Linden Vey

Dana Lane

Saturday, October 1, 2016 8:48 PM GMT

The oddsmakers have the Canucks as the worst team in the NHL, but are they wrong? Below there is an analysis of their odds, roster and at the end, you will find useful statistics before betting on this team.

 

 

When prognosticators preview the upcoming NHL season, the Vancouver Canucks are consistently considered the club that will not make the playoffs and that is something the oddsmakers will likely show across the board too. Their projected fate will come to fruition if Vancouver doesn't find a way to generate more offense.  Last season, the Canucks managed only 186 goals which were good for 29th in the league, only four better than New Jersey.  By comparison, even an average offensive team, like the St.Louis Blues, totaled 219 goals.  That tells you how far they are away from just being average. 

To fill that gap the Canucks acquired Free agent, Loui Eriksson from the Boston Bruins, who tallied 30 goals last season. Eriksson possesses an incredibly accurate shot as he connected on over 16% on last years attempts, a career high.  Daniel Sedin will be on the opposite wing while Henrik will center.  Daniel is a brilliant puck handler while his Brother Henrik is one of the best centers in the league so scoring from their top line will be more of a threat this season and a strength of the team.

 

My worry is between the pipes. Forgotten goaltender, Ryan Miller's numbers weren't Miller like and not because he still isn't a world class goaltender, it is mostly because he doesn't have a defensive core in front of him. The Canucks allowed an average of 32.5 shots per game ranking them 29th in the league.  The 36-yr old netminder needs some help so Vancouver went out and signed 6-5, 216, Erik Gudbranson who will bring size and leadership qualities.  He is currently projected to play on the second line D-pairing but I anticipate that changing since he is better than Alexander Edler or Chris Tanev.

 

Vancouver also signed Philip Larsen, a smaller defenseman who hasn't played a game in the NHL since 2013.  Larsen took his talents to the KHL that last two season where he tallied 61pts in 108 games. he is projected to be part of the third defensive pairing with rookie Nikita Tryamkin.

 

Final Analysis


To make matters worse, the Canucks play in the most improved division in hockey from top to bottom. Unfortunately, the bottom is where I expect the Canucks to finish but at +10000 at Bookmaker or DSI perhaps you can put down a few dollars in different sportsbooks and hope that first line has a monster season before making your NHL pick.

 

Last Season: 31-38-13  75pts
Standings: 6th in the Pacific Division/13th in the Western Conference
Team Notes: Missed the playoffs for the second time in three seasons
2016-17 Stanley Cup Odds: Highest +10000 at Bookmaker or BetDSI   Lowest: +3300 at Sports Interaction
Key Statistic: Faceoffs Win Percentage 45.4% (30th)

 

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