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Updated Odds: Favorites and long shots for the Stanley Cup and NHL Awards

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Updated Odds: Favorites and long shots for the Stanley Cup and NHL Awards

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Updated Odds: Favorites and long shots for the Stanley Cup and NHL Awards

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With a little more than a month remaining in the regular season, here are Bodog's updated odds for the Stanley Cup and NHL individual awards.

It's starting to get serious. The NHL trade deadline has come and gone, and the playoffs begin in less than six weeks. With that in mind, let's take a look at the updated odds for the Stanley Cup and NHL player awards, courtesy of Bodog. (For comparison’s sake, here is what Bodog’s odds looked like a month ago.)

The Tampa Bay Lightning and (dramatic pause) Vegas Golden Knights are still the betting favorites to claim the Cup. And not only are the Lightning a popular pick for team glory, the oddsmakers also like Tampa Bay's chances to win, well, basically all of the big individual awards. Nikita Kucherov is holding on as the leader for the Hart Trophy and Art Ross Trophy, Andrei Vasilevskiy is a heavy favorite for the Vezina Trophy and Victor Hedman has an edge in the Norris Trophy race.

Without further ado, the latest and greatest odds for the Stanley Cup and NHL individual awards:

STANLEY CUP ODDS
Look out for the Lightning. They’ve been wire-to-wire Cup favorites this season, and bolstered their roster at the deadline with a couple more battle-tested Rangers players (Ryan McDonagh and J.T. Miller, joining former New Yorkers Anton Stralman, Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi in Tampa Bay). The Penguins, Bruins, Maple Leafs and Capitals are the teams in the East with the best shot of taking out Tampa Bay, according to Bodog. Meanwhile, the hockey miracle that is the Golden Knights continues. They’re the favorite in the West – or at least, they’re the team in the West that most people are betting on. The Predators and Jets are next in line after the Golden Knights.

Tampa Bay Lightning  23/4
Vegas Golden Knights  23/4
Nashville Predators  7/1
Pittsburgh Penguins  7/1
Boston Bruins  8/1
Toronto Maple Leafs  10/1
Winnipeg Jets  10/1
Washington Capitals  14/1
Anaheim Ducks  20/1
Dallas Stars  22/1
Minnesota Wild  25/1
Philadelphia Flyers  25/1
San Jose Sharks  25/1
St. Louis Blues  25/1
Los Angeles Kings  33/1
Calgary Flames  40/1
New Jersey Devils  50/1
Columbus Blue Jackets  66/1
Colorado Avalanche  66/1
Florida Panthers  75/1
New York Islanders  75/1
Carolina Hurricanes  100/1
Chicago Blackhawks  300/1
Detroit Red Wings  300/1
(Off the board: Arizona Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Vancouver Canucks)

HART TROPHY ODDS (League MVP)
Kucherov remains the favorite to claim NHL MVP honors, but the gap is closing fast. Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin has been on fire since the calendar flipped to 2018, while a compelling case can be made that the Devils’ Taylor Hall best fits the award’s “most valuable to his team” definition. Another 50-goal season and a first-place division finish by the Capitals would help Alex Ovechkin's Hart attack, too. Nathan MacKinnon's candidacy was sidetracked by a couple weeks on the sidelines, but a big stretch drive – and a playoff berth for the Avs – would thrust him back into the conversation.

Nikita Kucherov TB  8/5
Evgeni Malkin PIT  5/2
Taylor Hall NJ  7/2
Alex Ovechkin WSH  13/2
Johnny Gaudreau CGY  12/1
Nathan MacKinnon COL  12/1
Connor McDavid EDM  12/1
Blake Wheeler WPG  22/1

VEZINA TROPHY ODDS (Best goalie)
It's still Vasilevskiy in the driver's seat, but Predators veteran Pekka Rinne – a three-time Vezina finalist who has yet to win the award – has come on strong and has a chance to swipe the trophy. The Jets' Connor Hellebuyck, Bruins' Tuukka Rask and Golden Knights' Marc-Andre Fleury round out the NHL's top five goalies this season, according to Bodog and the betting public.

Andrei Vasilevskiy TB  2/7
Pekka Rinne NSH  4/1
Connor Hellebuyck WPG  11/2
Tuukka Rask BOS  7/1
Marc-Andre Fleury VEG  22/1

NORRIS TROPHY (Best defenseman)
When it rains, it pours. But when your team is called the Lightning, that's a good thing. Tampa Bay has the inside track on the Stanley Cup, Hart Trophy, Vezina Trophy and, perhaps, the Norris Trophy as well. It's shaping up to be a two-horse race between Hedman and the Kings' Drew Doughty, with the Stars' John Klingberg doing his best by leading all NHL blueliners in scoring while the Preds' PK Subban is in the mix, too.

Victor Hedman TB  4/5
Drew Doughty LA  2/1
John Klingberg DAL  9/2
PK Subban NSH  9/2

CALDER TROPHY (Best rookie)
And then there were two. It's the Isles' Mathew Barzal versus Vancouver's Brock Boeser for rookie kudos, as Bodog has taken every other NHL freshman off the board. This race was close a few weeks ago, but Bodog might want to consider taking Boeser off the board, too – Barzal has been lighting it up lately, and the Canucks kid hasn't quite kept up.

Matthew Barzal NYI  1/4
Brock Boeser VAN  3/1

ART ROSS TROPHY (Scoring leader)
Kucherov has been the league's leading point-getter for months, but Malkin is knocking on the door and defending scoring champion Connor McDavid is right behind him. And how about Claude Giroux? The Flyers captain is on pace for a career season, as are the Flames' Johnny Gaudreau and the Jets' Blake Wheeler. They've all got a chance. This one looks like it's going down to the wire.

Nikita Kucherov TB  1/2
Evgeni Malkin PIT  7/2
Connor McDavid EDM  5/1
Johnny Gaudreau CGY  14/1
Claude Giroux PHI  14/1
Blake Wheeler WPG  16/1

ROCKET RICHARD TROPHY (Goal leader)
You know William Karlsson has come out of nowhere when Bodog spelled his name "William Carlson." One of the many revelations in Vegas this season, "Carlson" probably isn't going to catch Ovechkin for the NHL goal title – but Malkin might.

Alex Ovechkin WSH  2/5
Evgeni Malkin PIT  2/1
William Karlsson VEG  10/1

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