The Vancouver Canucks might be confident in their abilities to return to the playoffs, but the oddsmakers aren’t convinced.

Betting and professional sports have never been more tied at the hip than they are today, and the odds betting platforms provide have become a pretty valuable asset in judging how analysts see any specific team’s chances of winning. But despite the strong finish to last year and their upgrades at forward, the Canucks are not a betting favourite in the NHL.

Based on the consensus of several sportsbooks, VegasInsider.com  currently has the Canucks placed at +5000 odds to win the Stanley Cup, the 19th highest in the NHL. Of the five comparable sites used who’ve released their futures odds including PointsBet, BetMGM and FanDuel, all of them have Vancouver at the same level.

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If those betting odds prove accurate, the Canucks will end up in nearly the exact same place they did last season. For example, in BetMGM’s over-under ratings Vancouver’s threshold is set at 92.5 points, half a point higher than the 2021-22 Canucks finished with.

What’s even more interesting are the other teams that sportsbooks have put in the Canucks atmosphere. On one side, BetMGM has given the same +5000 odds to the Dallas Stars, who squeaked into the playoffs as the West’s first wild card and took the Calgary Flames the distance in their opening-round matchup.

But on the other hand, two other clubs have the same odds as Vancouver across three sites: the Detroit Red Wings, who finished 18 points behind the Canucks last season, and the Ottawa Senators, who had a huge offseason by landing both Claude Giroux and Alex DeBrincat.

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Vancouver’s odds in other departments are not much better. In the battle for the Western Conference championship VegasInsider.com has the Canucks tied for eighth with the Nashville Predators at +2200, while the Pacific Division winner odds have them on an island in fifth at +1100.

The Pacific title race is particularly noteworthy. While the Canucks have been put a healthy distance away from the three teams below them at +8000 odds – San Jose, Anaheim and Seattle – they’re also 650 points away from the fourth highest team, Los Angeles at +450.

Here are the odds provided by VegasInsider.com:

2023 STANLEY CUP WINNER

2023 EASTERN CONFERENCE WINNER

  • Toronto Maple Leafs +425
  • Florida Panthers +450
  • Carolina Hurricanes +500
  • Tampa Bay Lightning +600
  • New York Rangers +900
  • Pittsburgh Penguins +900
  • Boston Bruins +1400
  • New York Islanders +1600
  • Washington Capitals +1800
  • Detroit Red Wings +2500
  • Ottawa Senators +2500
  • Columbus Blue Jackets +3500
  • New Jersey Devils +3500
  • Buffalo Sabres +4000
  • Philadelphia Flyers +5000
  • Montreal Canadiens +8000

2023 WESTERN CONFERENCE WINNER

  • Colorado Avalanche +150
  • Vegas Golden Knights +600
  • Calgary Flames +700
  • Edmonton Oilers +700
  • Minnesota Wild +800
  • St. Louis Blues +1200
  • Los Angeles Kings +1600
  • Dallas Stars +1800
  • Nashville Predators +2200
  • Vancouver Canucks +2200
  • Winnipeg Jets +2800
  • Anaheim Ducks +4000
  • San Jose Sharks +6600
  • Seattle Kraken +6600
  • Arizona Coyotes +15000
  • Chicago Blackhawks +15000

2023 ATLANTIC DIVISION WINNER

  • Toronto Maple Leafs +200
  • Florida Panthers +225
  • Tampa Bay Lightning +250
  • Boston Bruins +900
  • Ottawa Senators +2500
  • Detroit Red Wings +2800
  • Buffalo Sabres +6600
  • Montreal Canadiens +10000

2023 METROPOLITAN DIVISION WINNER

  • Carolina Hurricanes +195
  • New York Rangers +325
  • Pittsburgh Penguins +325
  • New York Islanders +700
  • Washington Capitals +1000
  • New Jersey Devils +1200
  • Columbus Blue Jackets +4000
  • Philadelphia Flyers +8000

2023 CENTRAL DIVISION WINNER

  • Colorado Avalanche -165
  • Minnesota Wild +400
  • Nashville Predators +1000
  • St. Louis Blues +1000
  • Dallas Stars +1400
  • Winnipeg Jets +2000
  • Arizona Coyotes +25000
  • Chicago Blackhawks +25000

2023 PACIFIC DIVISION WINNER

  • Edmonton Oilers +200
  • Calgary Flames +275
  • Vegas Golden Knights +300
  • Los Angeles Kings +450
  • Vancouver Canucks +1100
  • San Jose Sharks +8000
  • Anaheim Ducks +8000
  • Seattle Kraken +8000