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Oilers are the favorite, and the Canucks are fine with it

Oilers are the favorite, and the Canucks are fine with it

The Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers second round 2024 NHL Stanley Cup playoff series has a lot of storylines. For starters, it’s an all-Canadian match and the first between these two teams since 1992. Can Arturs Silovs continue his strong play until Thatcher Demko returns? Will the Canucks sign Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Zach Hyman, And the deadly Oilers offense and power play? Can Elias Pettersson get going offensively? But a big storyline And what we’re going to focus on on is that the Canucks are underdogs heading into the series against the Oilers.

The Canucks are underdogs, big underdogs

If you look around the internet and look at the projections for the Vancouver and Edmonton series, many favor Edmonton. Take a look at the predictions from ESPN staff. All but one of the 24 reporters and analysts picked the Oilers included Ray Ferraro, who lives in Vancouver. The only one picked the Canucks were Ryan S. Clark.

Many gambling sites are also not in Vancouver’s favor. This not only applies to winning the series, but also gives them low odds of winning the Stanley Cup. Is it justified? Just look at the results: On this matchday morning on the West Coast, Edmonton is currently favored to win the series by -270. Wow! Below in the NHL’s tweet are also the current Cup odds.

Another way to check the results is to study the more analytical, probabilistic models on the outcome of the series. Understanding the possible outcomes through this lens will help you consider all possibilities in advance. As the series progresses, whether through injuries or perhaps heat streaks, you can adjust your odds accordingly.

The fact that the Canucks are underdogs is fine

It’s hard not to understand why the Oilers his favorite over the Canucks. Since then, they have been one of the most popular teams in the league November when Kris Knoblauch took over for the fired Jay Woodcroft. Edmonton by of course, has McDavid and Draisaitl like This year’s 50-goal scorer in Hyman. The Oilers’ power play torched the Los Angeles Kings in the first round. The likes of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Warren Foegele provide depth scoring. Like him, Evan Bouchard is one of the best defensemen in the NHL is paired with Mattias Ekholm.

Edmonton has the star power and depth. They are a team that thrives on scoring goals. Some have even predicted the Oilers will go to the Finals even win the Stanley Cup. For the Canucks, it’s okay to be the underdog. Every sport has underdogs. An underdog beating the favorite team is always a good story. After all, it’s the premise of many sports movies.

Being underestimated is never a bad thing. In hockey and other aspects of life, when someone is underestimated, it should make them stronger. There is more motivation and more desire to prove people wrong. Finally, An of the best feelings anyone can have.

The Canucks were previously underdogs

Good technically they still are special with Demko out. As mentioned last week, the Canucks were resilientt in their six-game win over the Nashville Predators. It wasn’t easy But they found ways to win.

Vancouver has there was doubt many times already. She were projected to be a Wild Card playoff team at the start of the season. Nsomeone expected them to have the regular season they had and be where they are today. Even after their hot start, doubters said the Canucks and their BOB would regress. Good, the BOB deteriorated And the Canucks have fallen off a bit since the All-Star break But it wasn’t a huge negative regression And they still finished in the top ten of the NHL standings.

The pressure will be on the Oilers. Since they are favored to win the series and go deeper into the postseason, the pressure is on them. It is also the ninth season of the dynamic duo that’s McDavid and Draisaitl. They’ve only been past the second round once And that was in 2022 when they were overrun by the colorado avalanche, who by Of course he won the Stanley Cup. Another early exit from the playoffs would create more doubt for the Oilers and many would wonder if McDavid and Draisaitl would have doubts about it stay longer in Edmonton.

Embracing the role of the underdog

It will not be an easy series for either team. The Oilers will look to outwork the Canucks with their offense. The Canucks and their emphasis on structure will try to take the Oilers off their game.

Maybe bring up the fact that Vancouver won the regular season series against Edmonton. That means nothing in the playoffs. The Winnipeg Jets defeated the Colorado Avalanche three times in the regular season but bowed away in five games for them in the play-offs. The In fact, Oilers themselves are tired of hearing about the regular season games against the Canucks.

The Canucks and their fans should embrace being the underdog. As mentioned earlier, there is nothing wrong with underestimating.

This is a series that could have fireworks and be a classic. Don’t be surprised if it takes six or seven games.

“I love is doubted,” said Canucks head coach Rick Tocchet after an optional workout on Sunday via Kevin Woodley of NHL.Com. “If you asked at the beginning of the year, “Is Vancouver going to make the playoffs?” A lot of people said no or a bubble team. So we were the underdogs there. When will they drop as the season progresses? Same now. People said the Preds are going to win. I just now I think we like that underdog role And I think players must embrace it. Really and truly.”

Embracing the doubters is Awesome. From tonight onwards it’s all about making good use of hugging and talking. It should be a fun series.

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