NHL playoffs betting optimism is over the top for the Canucks who are considered unbeatable by many experts who are wagering with the hockey playoffs odds.
The Vancouver Canucks clinched the Western Conference Championship as they defeated the San Jose Sharks 4-1 in the best of seven series. Vancouver opened the playoffs with a perilous 4-3 series win over the Chicago Blackhawks and then went on to defeat the Nashville Predators 4-2 before taking out the Sharks with little problem.
One of the most appealing aspects of Vancouver is their overall team balance as they ranked 1st for both goal scoring and goals against. The Canucks had the best regular season record in the NHL and have been a top contender for several years which makes many handicappers simply believe that their time is now.
A big key to the Canucks success with the hockey odds are the twin Sedin bothers. Center Henrik is the top Canucks scorer in the playoffs with 2 goals and 19 assists while left winger Daniel is the top goal scorer for Vancouver in post season with 8 goals to go along with 8 assists.
Center Ryan Kessler has also proven to be a key contributor with 7 goals and 11 assists while left wing Alexandre Burrows has 7 goals and 7 assists. Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff has been a great quarterback with 9 assists.
After a shaky start goaltender Roberto Luongo has proven to be among the elite net minders in all of hockey betting with a 2.29 goals against average and a record of 12-6. Luongo has gotten better as the playoffs have gone deeper toward the Stanley Cup which is a promising sign.
To continue with the emphasis on balance the Canucks were the top ranked power play team in the NHL this season while ranking 3rd for penalty killing which illustrates just how strong and complete the team is.
Head coach Alain Vigneault has also proven to be a key NHL playoffs betting asset and now has the reputation as one of the best bench bosses in pro hockey. Vigneault got his start with Montreal and has weathered playoff disappointment in Vancouver and is now poised for his first ever Cup.