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Stanley Cup outright odds (As of Sept. 24)

Tampa Bay Lightning: 7.50
Toronto Maple Leafs: 9.50
Boston Bruins: 10.00
Vegas Golden Knights: 10.00
St. Louis Blues: 14.00
Vancouver Canucks: 40.00


Elias Pettersson took the National Hockey League by storm last season, winning the Calder Trophy as the top rookie – official recognition for a terrific campaign that also paid out for sports bettors in British Columbia and Manitoba.

The 20-year-old Swedish centre scored 28 goals and 66 points as a rookie with the Canucks, thrilling fans of the local NHL team right from his very first regular season game when he scored once and had two points against the rival Calgary Flames.

So confident was PlayNow.com that Pettersson would win the Calder, those who placed a bet on Pettersson to win the award were paid out two months in advance of the NHL Awards. And there were plenty of winning bets for that market.

Pettersson’s regular season points total for the 2019-20 campaign has been set at 72.5 at PlayNow.com, with odds of 1.83 for both the ‘Over’ and ‘Under.’ The Canucks begin their regular season on Oct. 2, when they visit the Edmonton Oilers.

It’s not completely unanimous, however, bettors are bullish on Pettersson reaching the ‘Over’ in his sophomore season, with 96 per cent of money wagered so far on the Canucks’ bright young star going over the 72.5 total – which would represent a solid step up from an already terrific first year in the league.

The popular trend for bettors this pre-season has been to favour the ‘Over’ on the Canucks’ player prop specials at PlayNow.com.

Total points for the smooth-skating, elusive puck-moving defenceman Quinn Hughes, who will play his first full season in the NHL, has been set at 34.5. Not only has this particular prop bet seen the most money staked out of all the Canucks specials at PlayNow.com, but more than 88 per cent of the money is on the ‘Over.’

The trend of bettors going mostly for the ‘Over’ on Canucks player props has continued when it comes to offseason acquisitions Micheal Ferland (Point Total: 39.5) and J.T. Miller (Point Total: 52.5), as well as recently re-signed winger Brock Boeser (Point Total: 59.5).

Is it a sign that bettors are optimistic for the Canucks to finally morph into a stronger offensive team this year compared to the past few seasons?

The Canucks have certainly built a nucleus of young, talented players who show plenty of potential to become stars in this league. Fans hope the team can parlay that talent into a team that contends for a championship. The Canucks also made a number of moves this offseason with the aim of bumping this team from its rebuild into one that can contend for a playoff spot this year.

The odds for the Canucks to make the playoffs are currently 2.75 at PlayNow.com, while their odds to win the Stanley Cup outright were 40.00 as of Tuesday morning.

Again, bettors are backing the Canucks.

About 18.7 per cent of money wagered is on the Canucks to win the Stanley Cup – the largest share of money staked on one team for that market. About 9.5 per cent of money wagered is on the Colorado Avalanche to win it all. The Avs have outright odds of 16.00 following a second-round defeat in the 2019 playoffs.

The Tampa Bay Lightning currently have the best odds to win the Stanley Cup at 7.50 at PlayNow.com, followed by the Toronto Maple Leafs at 9.50.

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