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NHL Playoffs: Odds to win Conn Smythe Trophy

Odds to win Conn Smythe Award in 2018 NHL Playoffs

The Stanley Cup finals matchup is set with the Washington Capitals facing the Vegas Golden Knights, and Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is the odds-on favorite to take home the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Goaltenders have won the Conn Smythe Trophy only five times since the 2000 playoffs. 

The Conn Smythe is awarded to the MVP of the playoffs and so far, Fleury has been hands-down the best player of the postseason. Being listed at -135 to win it shouldn’t be a surprise as Flower is sporting a 1.68 goals-against average to go with a .947 save percentage in 15 games. However, it’s worth mentioning that goaltenders have only won this award five times since the 2000 playoffs, which makes wagering on Fleury a risky option considering the price tag.

But if bettors are willing to overlook the goalie trend, Fleury or Braden Holtby (+550) would be decent options. As good as Fleury has been, the Capitals wouldn’t be in the final if it wasn’t for Holtby’s heroics. The Washington netminder posted back-to-back shutouts vs the Lightning in the Eastern Conference final and is coming into the Stanley Cup final with a 2.05 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage in 18 games. At +400, Holtby wouldn’t be my pick but I can’t fault bettors for wanting to jump at those odds.

This is Alex Ovechkin’s time to shine

If I had to make my pick to win it, it would be the Great 8. Alex Ovechkin has been the driving force of the Capitals’ Stanley Cup run with 12 goals in the playoffs, including a dagger in Game 7 vs the Lightning that became the winning goal. Ovi has never been shy about throwing his body around and the fact that he has recorded 66 hits in the playoffs (ranked second) will not be overlooked by voters should Washington win its first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

The narrative of “this is Ovechkin’s year” by sportswriters and fans could also play a bigger part in the balloting too with some experts (myself included) believing that if Washington wins the Cup, Ovechkin could be awarded the Conn Smythe under the guise of a lifetime achievement award. At +200, his odds aren’t the sexiest but if Washington wins it all, Ovechkin will certainly be a huge factor in the Capitals’ success.

For full odds on which team will win the Stanley Cup, check out our Odds to Win the Stanley Cup page. 

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Odds to win 2018 Conn Smythe Trophy as NHL Playoff MVP

Odds as of May 28 at Bovada

  • Marc-Andre Fleury (VEG) -135
  • Alex Ovechkin (WAS) +200
  • Braden Holtby (WAS) +550
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov (WAS) +1000
  • Jonathan Marchessault (VEG) +2200
  • William Karlsson (VEG) +2800
  • Nicklas Backstrom (WAS) +3000
  • James Neal (VEG) +3000
  • David Perron (VEG) +4500
  • John Carlson (WAS) +4000
  • T.J. Oshie (WAS) +4000
  • Alex Tuch (VEG) +5000
  • Reilly Smith (VEG) +5000