Betting site favours Maple Leafs ahead of Canucks for 2014 Stanley Cup

For the past several seasons, the Canucks have been a popular pick by pundits to win the Stanley Cup. World-class goaltending, Art Ross and Selke winners, Presidents’ Trophies, and a trip to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final tends to have that effect.

Getting knocked out in the first round of the playoffs in consecutive seasons, however, dampens the enthusiasm a fair bit and it’s a good bet that very few people will be picking the Canucks to go all the way in the 2013-14 season. Ironically, that might make the Canucks a good bet — literally — as they’ll potentially be underrated by oddsmakers, meaning you could possibly get some good value.

Sure enough, British bookmakers Bet365.com severely underrated the Canucks. Or maybe they’ve severely overrated the Maple Leafs. Whichever one is the case, they somehow have the Leafs ahead of the Canucks in their 2014 Stanley Cup odds. And that’s ridiculous.

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I don’t gamble for multiple reasons, first and foremost because I don’t have any money. I do find gambling interesting, however, mainly because it involves legions of people who think they know better than the experts who design the games and set the table odds to ensure that the house always wins.

Sports betting is especially fascinating, as fans always think they have some special insight into the game from the many hours they spend watching it. There’s a lot of money to be made in sports betting, most of it on the side of the casinos and websites, but the knowledgeable bettor can occasionally carve out a small hunk of money for themselves.

So, out of curiosity, I checked Bodog.ca to see what the oddsmakers had to say about the Canucks for this season. And some of their odds don’t make any sense in reality, but make perfect sense when it comes to gambling.

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