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Conn Smythe Trophy Odds: Stars' Khudobin the Betting Favorite

Dallas Stars goalie Anton Khudobin leads 2020 Conn Smythe Trophy Odds.

With the 2019-20 Stanley Cup Final between the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning tied at one game apiece, Conn Smythe Trophy odds are out for which player will claim the hardware as the most valuable player of the NHL playoffs.

Bovada has updated its Conn Smythe odds ahead of Game 3, on September 23, and it’s no surprise to see who’s topping the list. Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin is the +195 favorite to win the hardware, followed by a trio of Tampa Bay Lightning players in Brayden Point (+250), Victor Hedman (+285) and Nikita Kucherov (+325).

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2020 Conn Smythe Trophy Odds: The Favorites

Odds to Win the 2020 Conn Smythe Trophy
Anton Khudobin+195
Brayden Point+250
Victor Hedman+285
Nikita Kucherov+325
Andrei Vasilevskiy+1000
Miro Heiskanen+1400
Jamie Benn+2000
Joe Pavelski+2200
Alexander Radulov+5000
John Klingberg+5000
Tyler Seguin+5000
Ondrej Palat+5000
Alex Killorn+6000
Denis Gurianov+7000
Roope Hintz+7500
Joel Kiviranta+7500

Odds as of September 23 at Bovada

Khudobin Has Been a Revelation for the Stars

When starting goaltender Ben Bishop went down with an injury on August 31, the Stars’ chances of making a deep postseason run looked bleak. Backup netminder Anton Khudobin stepped in and the rest is history, as the Russian has put forth the best performance of his career over the past month while leading the Stars to the Cup Final.

Khudobin, who had faced 13 playoff shots – all in relief – in his NHL playoff career before August, has gone 13-6 with a 2.54 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. The 34-year-old’s 596 saves are the most by any goalie in the playoffs and have launched him into Conn Smythe consideration.

Khudobin wasn’t available to bet on in Conn Smythe odds when the playoffs began, so his +195 favorite label to win the trophy is nothing short of incredible. Even if the Stars end up losing to the Lightning, it wouldn’t be a shock to see Khudobin still win the Conn Smythe.

The last time that happened was in the 2003 Stanley Cup Final, when Anaheim Mighty Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere won the award after his team lost to the New Jersey Devils. The only other players who have won the Conn Smythe after losing in the final are Ron Hextall (1987), Reggie Leach (1976), Glenn Hall (1968) and Roger Crozier (1966).

Which Lightning Player is Offering the Most Value?

Take your pick – Point, Hedman and Kucherov are all worthy choices to win the Conn Smythe Trophy.

As of September 23, Kucherov was leading the playoff point race with 28, with Point not far behind him at 26. Hedman, a defenseman, has easily been the best blue-liner in the playoffs and has five goals, 12 assists and a stellar +17 plus/minus rating to show for it.

Kucherov has been lights-out for the Bolts, but I’m taking Point to become the 2020 Conn Smythe winner. Point missed multiple games in the Eastern Conference final against the New York Islanders and his absence was felt. When he came back in Game 6, the Bolts got back on track and topped the Isles to book their ticket to the final.

Boasting a pair of overtime goals and an overtime assist, Point has been the most important player to this offense when it’s mattered the most. If Tampa Bay wins the Cup, I expect to see NHL commissioner Gary Bettman hand him the Conn Smythe.

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