The Odds: Favorites and Long Shots for the Stanley Cup and NHL Awards

On the eve of the NHL playoffs, here’s a look at who the oddsmakers like for the Stanley Cup, from the powerhouse Predators to the wild-card contenders. Plus, take a look at the final favorites for the Hart Trophy, Vezina Trophy and Norris Trophy.

Just in time for the playoffs, here are the latest odds for the Stanley Cup. If you like the favorites, we’re looking at Nashville vs. Tampa Bay in the final. If you’re into long shots, how about Minnesota vs. New Jersey? Maybe don’t bet the farm on that one.

Plus, we’ve got the odds-on favorites for the three big NHL trophy races: the Hart Trophy (NHL MVP), Vezina Trophy (best goalie) and Norris Trophy (best defenseman). It should be noted that oddsmakers have taken the Calder Trophy off the board, with New York Islanders freshman Mathew Barzal expected to take home the best-rookie hardware.

(All odds courtesy of Bodog.)

Nashville Predators  7/2
Tampa Bay Lightning  6/1
Boston Bruins  25/4
Vegas Golden Knights  7/1
Pittsburgh Penguins  17/2
Winnipeg Jets  10/1
Toronto Maple Leafs  14/1
Washington Capitals  16/1
San Jose Sharks  22/1
Anaheim Ducks  25/1
Los Angeles Kings  25/1
Colorado Avalanche  28/1
Columbus Blue Jackets  28/1
Minnesota Wild  28/1
Philadelphia Flyers  33/1
New Jersey Devils  40/1

The Preds skate into the post-season as the team to beat, followed closely by the Lightning, Bruins and Golden Knights. Can expansion darling Vegas actually pull off an NHL version of the Miracle On Ice? The three-peat-seeking Penguins round out the top contenders, with the Jets looking like a good value bet at 10-to-1. The Leafs, Caps and Sharks rule the middle tier – three franchises that would love to win either their first-ever Stanley Cup (Caps, Sharks) or their first in 50-plus years (Leafs). Anaheim and L.A. are both smart picks at 25-to-1, and you could do worse than the Blue Jackets at 28-to-1. 

Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado  1/1
Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay  9/4
Taylor Hall, New Jersey  9/2
Connor McDavid, Edmonton  9/1
Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles  19/2
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh  12/1
Claude Giroux, Philadelphia  20/1

It’s the most hotly contested race for the Hart Trophy in years. Any one of the seven players listed above would be worthy recipients of MVP honors, and you could probably make a pretty good case for another seven players who aren’t listed, too. Kucherov led the way most of the season, but he’s tailed off a bit in the second half while the likes of MacKinnon, McDavid, Hall, Kopitar and Malkin have powered ahead. Who wins? Who knows.

Pekka Rinne, Nashville  4/9
Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay  9/4
Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg  15/2
Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus  11/1

At times this season, it looked like Vasilevskiy was going to walk away with this one. But he wasn’t particularly good down the stretch, opening the door for Rinne to win the first Vezina of his career. Hellebuyck might push Vasilevskiy to third in the balloting.

Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay  5/13
Drew Doughty, Los Angeles  9/2
P.K. Subban, Nashville  13/2
John Klingberg, Dallas  9/1
John Carlson, Washington  10/1
Shayne Gostisbehere, Philadelphia  20/1
Brent Burns, San Jose  35/1

Hedman or Doughty, who you got? The bookies like the big Bolts defenseman, and he’s a fine choice who will probably get some “he’s due” support since he’s never won the Norris before. Subban and Carlson figure to fight for third place in the voting, with Klingberg’s offensive breakout getting lost in the Stars’ failure to make the playoffs.