NHL playoffs betting handicappers believe that this version of the Canucks is the best in team history and one that is likely to beat the hockey playoffs odds for a Stanley Cup Championship.
The Vancouver Canucks won the Western Conference Championship on Tuesday night as they defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in double overtime to clinch the series 4-1 and make the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.
Vancouver’s success is of no surprise to handicappers as they were the President’s Trophy Champion as the team with the best regular season record. Vancouver was also ranked as the top offensive scoring team with the best goals against average to rank as the most complete team in the NHL.
All the remains is the best of seven Stanley Cup Finals and with that will come the huge pressure of playing in front of one of the most demanding fan bases in sports.
Vancouver has been more dominant with the hockey odds as time has gone on as they were in a major scare in the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks that went the full seven games after Vancouver blew a 3-0 series lead and had to hang on for dear life as they defeated the Blackhawks in a heart stopping game 7 at home 2-1.
A big part of the Canucks playoff story has been goaltender Roberto Luongo who was benched against the Blackhawks after struggling early in the series. Luongo had to return to action when his replacement was injured and after continuing to struggle he was able to finally stand tall in game 7 and regain his confidence and reclaim his rightful place as a major hockey betting asset.
Luongo has gotten much better as the playoffs have progressed and has a tidy 2.29 goals against average in the post season. Luongo was the gold medal winning goaltender and national hero for Team Canada in the 2010 Olympics and that experience of handling intense pressure has served him well in the playoffs.
Vancouver lost a heartbreaking 7 game series to the New York Rangers in 1994 in one of the most memorable NHL playoffs betting Finals of all time.