Conn Smythe Trophy Odds: Avs’ Dynamic Duo Tops NHL Playoff MVP Betting Board

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Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon scores one of his three goals against the Blues in Game 5. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The Conn Smythe Trophy is awarded annually to the most valuable player in the NHL Playoffs, and Colorado Avalanche teammates Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar are atop the oddsboard at DraftKings.

MacKinnon’s hat trick in Wednesday’s 5-4 OT loss to the Blues in Game 5 made him the +330 betting favorite. His odds had dropped to +300 ahead of Colorado’s opening game against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. MacKinnon leads the Avs with eight playoff goals.

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Here are the updated Conn Smythe Trophy odds from DraftKings:

PlayerDraftKings NHL Playoff MVP Odds
Nathan MacKinnon+200
Cale Makar+300
Igor Shesterkin+600
Andrei Vasilevskiy+800
Nikita Kucherov+1200
Mikko Rantanen+1800
Gabriel Landeskog+1800
Connor McDavid+1800
Victor Hedman+2000
Mika Zibanejad+2000

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association vote on the MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In the last 10 years, an offensive player has won the NHL Playoff MVP award on six occasions. But Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy (goaltender) and Victor Hedman (defenseman) are the past two winners of the Conn Smythe Trophy, respectively. The Lightning, of course, won the Stanley Cup in 2020 and 2021.

Vasilevskiy Bids To Repeat As NHL Playoff MVP  

Vasilevskiy (+550 at DraftKings) has already helped carry the Lightning to the Eastern Conference Finals, where Tampa Bay will play the New York Rangers in Game 1 on Wednesday. FanDuel offered the Lightning at -190 to win the East as of Tuesday afternoon.

Vasilevskiy has played in all 11 of Tampa Bay’s playoff games this year with a record of 8-3. His goals against average is a stellar 2.22. The Lightning defeated Toronto in the opening round of the playoffs, 4-3. Vasilevskiy then helped Tampa Bay sweep the top-seeded Florida Panthers, who owned the NHL’s best record in the regular season.   

Vasilevskiy has a chance to become the first player to win the NHL Playoff MVP award in consecutive seasons since Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby turned the trick in 2016-2017.

There are three goalies in the race for the 2022 Conn Smythe. New York’s Igor Shesterkin, who moved from +1800 to +650 after the Rangers ousted Carolina, was exceptional in the series against the Hurricanes. But Shesterkin was shelled in the opening series against Pittsburgh on two occasions. 

Colorado’s Darcy Kuemper was +1800 at DraftKings goals on Tuesday. The Avalanche are the consensus favorite at sportsbooks to win the Stanley Cup, but MacKinnon and Makar will likely receive the lion’s share of NHL Playoff MVP votes in Colorado.  

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