Across the nation, loyalties are divided among the seven NHL teams that make their home in Canada. In British Columbia, however, there’s no questioning the team at the top of the charts. The Vancouver Canucks joined the league as an expansion team in 1970, but the roots of the club go much deeper than that.
Through the years, there have been some peaks and valleys for fans to deal with. The team has been a regular postseason participant for long stretches, but has also suffered through some droughts in which playoff hockey was an afterthought. Vancouver has reached the Stanley Cup Final three times in franchise history, losing the last two in heartbreaking seven-game defeats.
Currently, the team has some work to do to return to relevancy, but there are some intriguing pieces in place to build around. Fan favourites Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat are among those leading the charge, while intriguing youngsters like Nils Hoglander are on the rise. The team’s path back to contention could coincide with another fascinating development.
Single-game betting is close to becoming a reality in Canada, likely in Ontario first. If it comes to pass, sportsbooks like DraftKings and FanDuel could unveil their aps in the province. Before we get there, it’s a good time to take a look at everything you need to know about the Canucks from a betting perspective. Let’s begin with where to find the best odds for the next game.
You’ll find odds for pregame bets like the moneyline, goal line and total below, and you can expect to see movement in the numbers. Staying on top of where things stand is easy with a live odds feed as we pull together the latest odds from various sportsbooks.
Are the Canucks set to be contenders or pretenders this season? NHL futures betting lets you make the call. You’ll find odds for the team to win the Stanley Cup and much more. The odds will respond to betting action, relevant news and how the season is shaping up, but the odds feed below lets you get a sense of the market with the latest real-time numbers.
Vancouver has some interesting pieces in place as the team continues its climb back toward relevance. Brock Boeser is among those who have started to blossom, and optimism is high that his ascent will continue. Is he about to take it to the next level? Our live odds feed has the answer with the latest numbers on the NHL MVP race.
You can’t just blindly bet on your favourite club and hope for the best as that’s a recipe for long-term disaster. Instead, you’ll want to research the Canucks and their opponent in full detail. The matchup itself is key, as is any important news such as injuries to key players. Trends can also be your friend when trying to make sense of what’s going to happen. Here are some of the top items to know about the Canucks.
Once the puck drops, you’ll want to settle in and watch the game. While doing so, you can also log in to a sportsbook app and check out the available live betting odds for the game. You’ll see various real-time wagers as the action plays out on the ice. Odds will vary based on what’s going on, but here are some examples of what you’ll see:
The NHL season is a lengthy one. You’ll have a variety of things to wager on, from the first puck drop on opening night to the last game of the Stanley Cup Final. At sportsbooks, the main betting line for NHL games will feature odds for three wagers.
|Calgary Flames||+105||+1.5 (-135)||Over 5.5 (-110)|
|Vancouver Canucks||-125||-1.5 (+115)||Under 5.5 (-110)|
If you read from left to right after the team names, you’re looking at the numbers for moneyline, goal line and total bets. Here’s what you need to know about the three bets.
At many sportsbooks, you’ll also find alternate numbers for goal lines and totals, such as 2.5 on the former and 6.5 on the latter. These three wagers are popular for NHL betting, but there also are plenty of other bets to consider.
Place your bets on specific game elements, such as how the two sides will perform on certain metrics or the stats for a top player.
Will Brock Boeser score a goal?
Combine multiple wagers on the same ticket for a chance at a greater return. If you get any of the individual picks wrong, though, you win nothing.
NHL over/under parlay
You can wager on the season as a whole with futures bets. There will be a variety of options, including on teams to make or miss the playoffs.
Will the Canucks make the NHL playoffs?
Beyond the above wagers, remember that you can bet in real time with live betting once the puck drops.
When NHL teams are clicking on the ice, the buzz in the arena and the excitement in the broadcast booth is palpable. On the other side of things, teams that can’t seem to catch a break cause lots of head-scratching. How can you make heads or tails out of what to expect?
There are plenty of handicapping theories that can help, but one key factor to consider is current momentum. When examining a matchup, you can look at team records over the last 10 games and weight that along with these other factors:
For example, one team may be surging at 4-1 over the last five with a +6 goal differential. The other team may be 2-3 with a -3 differential. These can be indicators of the overall vibe surrounding a team and something to take into consideration if you’re planning to wager.
We’re talking about pro athletes, however, so anything can happen when two clubs hit the ice. If you adopt this approach, be sure to track your results and make note of where it worked and when it didn’t. From there, you can adjust as needed and fine-tune to your liking.
Longtime NHL bettors know that the odds from Las Vegas have long been the gold standard. So that means they’re the only numbers we should trust, right? Before the spread of legal sports betting, that was a fair statement. Today, the story is changing as legal sportsbooks in other markets are posting odds and lines that are right in line with Sin City.
The sports betting industry is competitive. Sportsbooks that aren’t in line with the market are rare. While market action will always lead to some variance, top sportsbooks tend to be in line with the Vegas numbers.
There are 82 games per team in the typical NHL regular season schedule, which usually runs from October through April. Afterward, the Stanley Cup playoffs take centre stage and run for about another two months. In order to get to the dance, the Canucks have to compile enough points during the season. Here’s how the schedule typically breaks down.
When the Canucks began play in the NHL in 1970, home games were at the Pacific Coliseum. The club remained there until 1995, when it moved into the brand new General Motors Place, a name that stood until 2010. After a short stint as Canada Hockey Place in the same year, the venue adopted its current moniker.
Sportsnet Pacific and the overflow channel Sportsnet Canucks are the places to find Canucks games on television. John Shorthouse is the main play-by-play voice, with John Garrett on colour commentary.
CISL 650 AM is the flagship radio station for Canucks games. Brendan Batchelor takes care of the call, while Corey Hirsch handles analysis. Several affiliates across the region also carry the audio feed.
While the Canucks continue to rebuild, the club found itself without a first- or second-round pick at the 2020 NHL draft. The team’s first pick was the 82nd overall selection. Here’s who they selected at that spot and in the four subsequent rounds.
In a perfect world, the team will have managed to find some gems in the latter stages of the draft. If we look back over the past decade, here are the club’s first-round draft choices.
A number of top players have called Vancouver home through the years. As you would expect, the longest-tenured Canucks dominate the franchise leaderboard. Here are the record-holders in several key categories.
|Games Played - Skater||Henrik Sedin, 1,330||2000-18|
|Goals||Daniel Sedin, 393||2000-18|
|Assists||Henrik Sedin, 830||2000-18|
|Points||Henrik Sedin, 1,070||2000-18|
|Shots||Daniel Sedin, 3,474||2000-18|
|Power Play Goals||Daniel Sedin, 138||2000-18|
|Games Played - Goalie||Kirk McLean, 516||1987-98|
|Wins||Roberto Luongo, 252||2006-14|
|Goals Against Average||Cory Schneider, 2.20||2008-13|
|Save Percentage||Cory Schneider, .927||2008-13|
Travis Green has served as the head coach in Vancouver since 2017. He had a lengthy NHL playing career that spanned from 1990 through 2008, followed by stints coaching in the Western Hockey League and American Hockey League. Here’s the staff behind Green.
Since Green took over, Vancouver has made it to the postseason just once. In 2019-20, the team advanced to the second round before losing to the Vegas Golden Knights in seven games. Here’s how the last five coaches fared over their time in charge.
While many NHL teams have stuck with a primary logo that receives minor alterations here and there, the Canucks have changed it up a number of times since entering the league. There were some colourful renditions in the early days, and now the primary uniforms feature an orca that’s essentially bursting out of a “C.”
Alternative jerseys are a simple hockey stick on a rink, while primary team colours are blue, green and white. The team mascot is Fin the Orca. Fin is a popular attraction at games and also makes other local appearances.
The original expansion franchise went to a group led by Minnesota entrepreneur Tom Scallen. The group paid a $6 million franchise fee and acquired the WHL’s Vancouver Canucks. The franchise began NHL play in the 1970-71 season.
Prior to the 1974-75 season, local businessman Frank Griffiths bought the club for $9 million. Arthur Griffiths inherited control of the team from his father in 1988, and remained at the helm until 1997. After some financial difficulties, he sold his majority share to John McCaw Jr.
The dealing wasn’t done just yet. McCaw sold a 50% stake to Francesco Aquilini in 2004. Two years later, Aquilini purchased the other half of what was known as Orca Sports and Entertainment. The exact purchase price wasn’t public, but valuations around that time pegged the team at $148 million.
The official ownership group name is now Canucks Sports & Entertainment. Aquilini remains on board as chairman, and the most recent franchise price tag estimate is $725 million. Here are some of the current members of the Canucks management team.
You can buy tickets on the team’s page at NHL.com as well as through resellers like TicketMaster and SeatGeek. Here’s the range of what you can expect to pay to see the club in person.
Prices can vary on the secondary market, but the above gives you a general sense for budgeting purposes. If the team gets hot or has a marquee opponent coming to town, don’t be surprised to see a spike in costs. Rogers Arena opened in 1995 and has a current capacity of 18,910 for hockey.
The main broadcast home for Canucks games is a pair of Sportsnet channels: Pacific and Canucks. The networks are available on plenty of cable, satellite and streaming packages. You should always confirm availability before picking a new plan to make sure that you’re getting exactly what you want.
A streaming feed of the game is also available on the network app and website, but you generally need login credentials to access it. A subscription to NHL Live opens the doors to an abundance of games, but note that blackout rules can apply in local markets. Those looking to stream the radio call can check out TuneIn radio and other internet providers.
There’s plenty more to know about the Canucks. Here are some additional facts and figures about the squad that makes its home in British Columbia.
If we look at the latest NHL franchise valuations from Forbes, the Canucks are in 10th place at $725 million. The club is the third most valuable Canada-based franchise behind the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens, clubs that are tagged at $1.5 billion and $1.34 billion, respectively. The New York Rangers have the top value at $1.65 billion.
Professional ice hockey in the Vancouver area dates all the way back to 1911. The Vancouver Millionaires were members of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, and even took down a Stanley Cup over the original Ottawa Senators in 1915. The team folded following the 1925-26 season. The Vancouver Canucks began play in 1945 and did stints in the Pacific Coast Hockey League and Western Hockey League until 1970, when the club was acquired to join the NHL for the 1970-71 season.
A pair of defenders top the charts with matching salaries of $6 million. Here are the current top salaries for the 2020-21 season:
Five players who spent at least some time with the Canucks are in the Hall of Fame, as are another five in the builder category. For the former, here are the honourees:
The club also maintains a ring of honour for franchise legends. Among the names in the ring are Mattias Ohlund and Alex Burrows.
To date, Vancouver has retired six numbers. The first honouree was Stan Smyl in 1991, while Henrik and Daniel Sedin were the most recent to receive the nod in 2020. Here’s the full list of numbers that the Canucks have retired:
The Canucks have made it to the NHL postseason a total of 28 times. The club has advanced to the Stanley Cup Final three times to date, losing all three series. Here’s what happened:
Vancouver has eclipsed the 100-point plateau nine times. The highest number of points came in 2010-11 when the squad notched an impressive 117 thanks to a regular season record of 54-19-9. Here are all the 100-point seasons and how the team did in the postseason:
Entering the 1999 NHL draft, twin brothers Daniel and Henrik Sedin were highly regarded prospects out of the famed Modo Hockey in the Swedish Hockey League. As a result of the draft lottery, the Canucks held the third overall selection, but they became determined to land the brothers. After some wheeling and dealing, Vancouver managed to have rights to both the second and third overall selections. The Atlanta Thrashers used the top pick on Patrick Stefan, who would go on to have a serviceable career. The Canucks picked Daniel Sedin second and Henrik Sedin third. The twins evolved as expected and are among the best players in franchise history.
The Sedin twins are at the top of the charts in a number of the team’s all-time franchise leader categories. It’s no different when it comes to putting the biscuit in the basket for a game-winner. Here are the top five in that category:
During his time in net from 2006 through 2014, Roberto Luongo was one of the top net minders in the league and even served as captain from 2008-10. He’s also tops in a number of team categories, including this one. Here are the top five on the shutouts list: