In a busy schedule of Friday NHL action, the Canucks take on Minnesota Wild in a game where the Canadians will be looking to capitalize. At the start of February, Vancouver headed the Pacific Division and we’re being considered as a potential outside bet to win the Stanley Cup at odds of 19.00 with PowerPlay.
The dream of lifting the ultimate prize may be out of reach for the Canucks but Minnesota wrote off any Stanley Cup aspirations a long time ago. Languishing at the bottom of the Central Division, Wild’s performances may suggest that this game can only go one way.
— Team Canada Women (@HC_Women) February 6, 2020
The relative positions in the table have meant little to the odds setters who have made Minnesota Wild the narrow favourites. The US team go into this clash at 1.73 with Bet365 while a victory for Vancouver can be claimed at 2.06 with Sports Interaction.
The teams enjoyed mixed fortunes in their last outings. Canucks went down to Boston Bruins 0-4 on Tuesday night and while there is no disgrace in losing to the Stanley Cup favourites, Travis Green’s men will have been disappointed to have been shut out in the process. Minnesota Wild, meanwhile, edged past the Blackhawks by 3-2 in overtime and that may have influenced this moneyline market.
Unlike many NHL games there could be some value in the straight result but let’s see if we can add to that by looking at the props.
Likely Prop Bets
In the total goals betting, the majority of sportsbooks have set a single line at 6.00. If we look at Bodog, they have published odds of 1.95 to go Over the line while Spin Sports go to 1.93 for those backing Under. Minnesota combined to record five goals in their most recent outing while Vancouver’s failure to find the net on Tuesday meant that only four goals fell in their loss to the Bruins.
Overall trends since the start of the year suggest that this should be a high scorer and we’re happy to go over 6.00 this time.
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) February 5, 2020
We’re short on other options: You could always take a look at the handicap if you feel that either team will win comfortably but a potential third pick could involve the first goal scorers. Once again, Vancouver is the outside bet at 2.00 with PowerPlay while the same sportsbook has Minnesota at 1.80.
The moneyline market may be influenced by the fact that the Canucks have lost their last two games but the odds setters seem to be disrespecting the strength of the Pacific Division. Admittedly, Minnesota’s record of 24 wins in the Central would be enough to take them towards mid-table if they were to cross divisions but the sides have enjoyed mixed fortunes so far this season.
The immediate form isn’t necessarily with Vancouver but class across a long campaign suggests we can be optimistic about backing the Canadian team. We’ll back the Canucks to win it while adding Total Goals at that 1.95 price. Three of the last four games involving the Canadian side would have exceeded this mark so we suggest using that to combine for a parlay.
If our theories are correct, the Vancouver Canucks will need to start the game strongly in order to deliver the result. With that in mind, the 2.00 quoted by PowerPlay for Vancouver to score first looks a fair price.
- Vancouver Canucks to win at 2.06 with Sports Interaction
- Over 6.00 Goals at 1.95 with Bodog
- Vancouver Canucks to score the first goal at 2.00 with PowerPlay