How to bet on the Canucks: Moneylines, puck lines and totals
If you’re looking to add some intrigue to an upcoming Vancouver Canucks game, putting a little money down on the team may do the trick.
There are many different ways to bet on the Canucks every time they take the ice. You can bet on them to win or lose, wager on your favourite player prop or put a ticket together that has them included in a parlay.
The options are plentiful, which we’ll break down below.
You’ll be presented with a number of different options when you go to place a bet on Vancouver. In addition to all of the sportsbook offerings, you should be mindful of several factors including the opponent, location, trends, injuries and the odds.
We’ll take a look at all of that, explain what the main betting markets are and offer tips for how you can make smarter wagers on the Canucks.
If you think the Canucks will win their next game, then you may want to consider making a moneyline (ML) wager.
A moneyline bet involves backing the team you believe will win the contest. You will win your bet if you correctly pick the winner.
The margin of victory or whether it’s decided in regulation, overtime or a shootout doesn’t matter. You will see one team in the matchup labelled as a favourite and the other as an underdog.
The favourite will be marked with a minus (-) symbol in front of its odds and the underdog will have a plus (+) symbol.
Vancouver’s status for any given game will largely depend on opponent and location. The Canucks, for example, would be a favourite in a home game against the Seattle Kraken. But Vancouver would be an underdog if it hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs.
It would also be an underdog on the road against the Edmonton Oilers.
Here’s an example of how the odds would look for those hypothetical matchups:
Kraken (+185) vs. Canucks (-225)
Maple Leafs (-275) vs. Canucks (+225)
Canucks (+140) vs. Oilers (-160)
In these three instances, the payout structure for a bet on the Canucks would look like this:
-225: (69.23% implied win probability): A $225 wager would win $100.
+225: (30.77% implied win probability): A $100 wager would win $225.
+140: (41.67% implied win probability): A $100 wager would win $140.
Which moneyline bet makes the most sense? That would be the Oilers contest and it largely has to do with the value.
There’s little value to be found in the Kraken matchup despite the high implied win probability. You’d have to wager $225 to win $100 and since upsets happen all the time, the risk isn’t worth the reward.
The Toronto matchup would generate a strong return but the Canucks’ perceived chances of winning are rightfully low. The Maple Leafs are a significantly better team and you shouldn’t simply chase a big payout. But context is important.