Checking out some of the betting lines, probably.
For most people, simply sitting down on the couch, watching the game, and cheering their team on isn’t enough. There’s an appeal towards having something – other than, you know, your blood, sweat, and tears – invested in what you’re spending all those hours throughout the season watching.
To achieve this some play fantasy sports, while others gamble. I’ve never invested any sort of meaningful money in what’s ultimately a guess of how a sporting event that you have no personal control over will turn out (unless you were associated with the 1919 Black Sox), but I’d be lying if I said that I’d never sprinkled some loose change in the search of the gratification that comes along with being able to say "A-ha, I knew it!". As long as you’re in control, it’s all good fun.
I was checking out our friends over at Oilers Nation this morning, and noticed that they had posted some odds and Over/Unders for individual Oilers. I figured I’d do the same for the Canucks, so read on past the jump for the goods.
They had point total Over/Unders up for 5 Canucks:
- Henrik Sedin: 81.5 points
- Daniel Sedin: 76.5 points
- Ryan Kesler: 59.5 points
- Alex Burrows: 45.5 points
- Alex Edler: 43.5 points
For what it’s worth, there appear to be only 10 players listed with totals over 80 points (Ryan Getzlaf, Patrick Kane, Phil Kessel, John Tavares, Martin St.Louis, Steve Stamkos, Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Henrik). These Sportsbooks are smart, man. The totals for the Sedins are pretty much exactly where I’d set them at if I wanted to entice people to bet it. Henrik finished with 81 points in 2011-12, and 45 points in 48 games last season. If I had to project his production for this season, I’d put it hovering around a point-a-game, but I’m not sure I feel confident enough about it to bet it. Same goes for Daniel. I will say that if you believe that the power play will be rejuvenated this season, then you’ll probably be much more inclined to go with the Over here.
I actually like the Over for Kesler, Burrows, and Edler, though. Obviously projecting Kesler to exceed 60 points is dicy because you’re basically hoping that he stays healthy, but at the same time, that uncertainty is what’s driving his total down. I would take the under on 30 goals for him this season for sure, but I think he’ll wind up in the low 60’s in points. Obviously the people that set the line for Burrows are assuming that Zack Kassian will stick with the Sedins for the entirety of the season, which I think is hardly a lock. And even if Burrows spends the majority of his time with Kesler on the 2nd line, he should be able to approach the 50 point mark.
Remember that Alex Edler was on a 53 points pace in 2010-11 before his back injury, and that he managed 49 points the following season. Last year was a disappointing one for him, no doubt about it, but I think there’s reason to believe that he could be poised for a big year if Tortorella utilizes him correctly.
Some other interesting individual odds:
- In terms of odds for the Art Ross Trophy, Henrik is 7th on the list at 15-to-1, with Daniel just behind him at 18-to-1.
- For the Hart Trophy, Henrik appears on the board at 16-to-1, with Daniel at 30-to-1.
- For the Vezina Trophy, Roberto Luongo comes in 10th with 12-to-1 odds. If you’re feeling fiesty, this is probably your best longshot bet. Forget the preseason debut from the other night. I think he’s going to have a big "F.U." season. Schneider, for what it’s worth, is all the way down at 25-to-1.
There are some team bets up, as well. For example:
- The Over/Under total points for the Vancouver Canucks is set at 95.5 (and if you think they aren’t making the playoffs, you’re getting 4.5-to-1). Just for some perspective, only the Blackhawks, Kings, and Blues have higher totals from the list of Western Conference teams.
- The Canucks are 3-to-1 to win the Pacific Division, 8-to-1 to win the Western Conference, and 16-to-1 to win the Stanley Cup. How lucky do you feel these days?
- There’s also the option of betting "Which Canadian Team will Finish with the Most Points?", in which the Canucks are the favourites at 7-to-4.
Finally, how much do you love your country? Team Canada to win the Gold Medal at Sochi is listed at 9-to-4. Russia is considered the favourite, by the way.