Bet #2: Canucks over 88.5 points (-110)
It should come as no surprise to anyone that the Pacific Division is universally regarded as the weakest division in the NHL. There are a handful of favourable matchups, and lots of points to be won in this division, making the 88.5 points total an intriguing bet for Canucks fans.
At -110 odds, bettors are given great value to take advantage of a few different factors that favour that Canucks.
Despite only finishing on a 73-point-pace over a full 82-game season during last year’s shortened campaign, it’s important to remember that the Canucks had to deal with a myriad of issues, including injury trouble for Elias Pettersson, an extremely compact schedule and a more difficult all-Canadian division. Not to mention, the team was also victim to the league’s largest COVID-19 outbreak, which halted their season for weeks and further added to their busy schedule upon return.
It’s also important to look at the positives.
Prior to the NHL suspending the 2019-20 season due to the pandemic, the Canucks were on pace to hit 93 points in 82 games, and could easily hit that mark again given their active roster re-tooling this past offseason.
In other words, last season could be looked at as an outlier in terms of points total for Vancouver, so don’t be surprised if this much-improved Canucks team can rally back and be very competitive in the Western Conference.
And at -110 odds for over 88.5 points, that’s definitely great value to be had for the Canucks.