Lightning Players Dominate Updated Awards Futures Odds

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Matthew Jordan

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 10:39 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 10:39 PM UTC

With the New Year upon us, Bovada has released updated odds for all the major awards in the NHL this season. They tend to have a large Tampa Bay Lightning flavor.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have been the NHL’s best team this season without question – no offense to surprising Vegas. The Bolts are on pace to shatter a franchise record in points and are No. 1 in goal differential, tops in scoring, second in goals allowed and second on the power play. They are a juggernaut and also the favorite on the NHL futures odds to win the second Stanley Cup in team history.

On Bovada’s updated odds for the majors NHL awards for the 2017-18 season, Lightning players to no surprise are betting favorites or close to it in most. Let’s break them down:

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Hart & Art Ross Trophies

The Hart goes to the league MVP and the Art Ross to its points leader. Tampa’s Nikita Kucherov is even money for the Hart and +125 for the Art Ross. As of this writing, the 24-year-old Russian has a comfortable lead in points over the likes of the Islanders’ Josh Bailey and John Tavares and teammate Steven Stamkos. Kucherov set career highs of 40 goals and 85 points last year, and he’s going to blow past those marks if he stays healthy.

Edmonton’s Connor McDavid won the Hart and Art Ross last year, but both he and the Oilers have disappointed thus far. Still, McDavid is a +180 second-favorite for the Hart and +200 for the Art Ross. The Isles’ Tavares, who could become the NHL’s highest-paid player this summer if he hits free agency, is +600 for the Art Ross and +750 for the Hart. Stamkos is +550 for the Art Ross.

Vezina Trophy

The Lightning have never had a winner of the Vezina, which goes to the league’s top goaltender. However, 23-year-old Russian Andrei Vasilevskiy is the +200 favorite. As he should be as Vasilevskiy leads the NHL in wins, goals-against, save percentage and shutouts as of this writing. Somewhat surprisingly, Vasilevskiy is only +1800 to win the Hart Trophy. Montreal’s Carey Price in 2014-15 was the last to win the Vezina and Hart in the same season.

Looks like it will be a two-horse race for the Vezina as Columbus’ Sergei Bobrovsky is +230 and then a drop-off to L.A.’s Jonathan Quick, Nashville’s Pekka Rinne and Washington’s Braden Holtby all at +800.

Norris Trophy

The Kings’ Drew Doughty won his first Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman in 2015-16, and he’s a +225 favorite, just ahead of Tampa’s Victor Hedman (+300). The Lightning have never had a Norris winner, either. Doughty and Hedman are both neck-and-neck in points and plus-minus. The blueline scoring leader is the Stars’ John Klingberg, who is +500 on this prop.

Calder Trophy

The only NHL Rookie of the Year in Vancouver Canucks history was a guy by the name of Pavel Bure in 1992-92 and he became a Hall of Famer. Vancouver’s Brock Boeser is currently the +115 favorite. The right winger was the No. 23 overall pick in the 2015 draft and kept his rookie status by playing in just nine games in 2016-17. He was named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for December and currently leads all rookies in goals and points, a rare bright spot on a bad Canucks team.

Chasing Boeser are the Islanders’ Mathew Barzal (+300), who is second among rookies in points, and Tampa Bay’s Mikhail Sergachev (+550). The first pick in the 2017 draft, New Jersey’s Nico Hischier, is +900.

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