The Vancouver Canucks were so close, they could taste it. On two occasions, the Canucks have reached the Stanley Cup finals, only to come up short in crushing Game 7 defeats. Nobody expected the Canucks to even come close to a Cup final during the 1994 playoffs, after the team finished seventh in the Western Conference. Led by captain Trevor Linden and Pavel Bure — AKA The Russian Rocket — the Canucks coasted to the championship before losing to Mark Messier and the New York Rangers.
Fast-forward 17 years later and the Canucks returned to the Promised Land — this time with a date against the Boston Bruins. Led by the Sedins — Henrik and Daniel — the Canucks were coming off a franchise-best record of 54-19-0-4 and were favorites going into the final after also winning the Presidents’ Trophy as the league’s top team. Vancouver went on to lose the final, also in seven games, despite winning the opening two matches.
The Canucks haven’t been the same team since, missing the post-season last year and being ousted in the first round three other times in the last four years.
In total, the Canucks have won three conference championships and 10 division titles.
Henrik Sedin’s 970 career points in a Canucks uniform puts the centerman at the top of the franchise’s all-time scoring list. Daniel Sedin’s 355 goals ranks first among all-time Canucks scorers.
Vancouver Canucks Betting Lines Today
The next game widget is an important tool for bettors to keep track of who the Canucks’ opponent will be and also provides up-to-date odds.
With the Canucks lacking scoring and coming off a season where they scored just 191 goals, it’s wise to take the under, in many instances, judging on the opponent.
Vancouver Canucks Scores & Schedule
Vancouver struggled mightily on Rogers Arena ice with a 15-21-5 record — something to keep in mind as the Canucks open their 2016-17 season.
Be sure to follow the Canucks’ schedule to see if they’re coming off a long road trip or back-to-back games.
Vancouver Canucks Standings Right Now
The Canucks play in one of the toughest division in the NHL, which make them heavy underdogs to finish in the top three in the Pacific.
The team has failed to find secondary scoring after the Sedin twins, making them even further outsiders to be considered playoff contenders.
Keep track of where the Canucks and their opponents sit in the standings before making your bets.
|4||Columbus Blue Jackets||73||53||25||14||173||132|
|5||New York Rangers||71||54||30||18||185||143|
|7||San Jose Sharks||70||55||26||18||151||132|
|12||Toronto Maple Leafs||61||53||20||17||164||158|
|13||St. Louis Blues||61||55||21||22||157||163|
|15||Los Angeles Kings||60||55||17||23||138||136|
|19||New York Islanders||58||52||20||18||156||154|
|21||New Jersey Devils||56||54||15||21||127||153|
|23||Tampa Bay Lightning||54||54||20||24||149||157|
|26||Detroit Red Wings||54||54||13||22||137||161|
How To Win At Vancouver Canucks Betting
General manager Jim Benning is still trying to put his own stamp on the current Canucks, who are coming off a disappointing season after finishing sixth in the Pacific Division. While the Sedin twins remain the centerpiece of the Canucks franchise, the Swedes will soon be 35 and are on the downturn of their careers.
What was once a team loaded with offensive weapons, the Canucks struggled to score goals last year and finished second last with just 191. That was mainly due in part to the team’s lack of shots on net — a statistic the Canucks were near the bottom of the standings in. Vancouver averaged 28.2 shots per game — only the Arizona Coyotes and New Jersey Devils produced less.
After the Sedins, the Canucks will be hard-pressed to find another player to produce a 50-point season. Bo Horvat is coming off an impressive 16-goal, 40-point sophomore season and will be looking to add to those stats.
They weren’t much better on the defensive side of the rink either, allowing 243 goals against. The Canucks were also among the league’s leaders in shots allowed. They averaged 32.5 shots against per game, with only the Ottawa Senators allowing more.
The Canucks will once again be long shots in the 2016-17 season. Bet365.com has the Canucks at +6500 underdogs to win the Stanley Cup, making them the biggest outsiders entering the season.
It’s going to be another season of heartache for Canucks fans as they’ll be forced to watch their team miss the playoffs for a second consecutive year.
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