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NHL Stanley Cup, division, and awards odds (post-holiday break)

We’re at the unofficial halfway mark of the NHL season.

Sure, teams haven’t quite played 50% of their games yet, but the holiday break serves as a time that we can all take a step back, evaluate things, and then get ready for the final 48 or so games of the season.

Teams who slumped to begin the year can start to gain momentum, and those who got off to a hot start will try to stay on top.

All of this to say, now is a fantastic time to take a look at the latest betting odds, so that’s what we’re going to do. We’ll list the odds to win the Stanley Cup, each division, as well as to win the two major awards, the Hart Trophy and Vezina Trophy. I’ll then give my thoughts on who the best bet is to win each.

Let’s dive into them.

Odds to win the Stanley Cup

The Boston Bruins are the rightful favorite to win the Stanley Cup at this point of the season. They’ve only lost four games in regulation all year and are well on their way to winning the Presidents Trophy for having the best record in the regular season.

But, there’s really no where to go but down for the Bruins, which means we should look elsewhere for betting value.

I’d recommend taking a look at the Dallas Stars at +1800. They have always been a good defensive team with one of the best young goaltender in the NHL in Jake Oettinger, but they were lacking on offense in recent years. That problem has been fixed and now they’re the highest scoring team in the Western Conference, averaging 3.52 goals per game.

Not to mention, the West is by far the softer conference this season, making their path to the Cup a lot more realistic than if they were playing in the East.

Odds to win NHL Atlantic Division

If the Bruins are favorites to win the Stanley Cup then they’re obviously favorites to win the Atlantic Division. The only other bet you can place in this spot is the Maple Leafs, who are within reach of the Bruins, sitting eight points back of them. Every other team is likely too far back to make a run for the division crown.

Odds to win NHL Metropolitan Division

The New Jersey Devils started the season hot, but as many expected, they have cooled off entering the holiday break. While I think the Hurricanes will be the ones to grab the division title, the Penguins at +500 are worth a look. They have one of the most experienced and veteran teams in the NHL, and they’re only seven points back from the Hurricanes. If they continue to get good goaltending play from Tristan Jarry, they could make a run at the top spot.

Odds to win NHL Central Division

While I think the Stars present the best value to win the cup, now is the time to back to defending champion Avalanche to win the Central Division. They’re available at +210 and are only six points back from the Stars. Not just that, but they’re due to get back their best two players, Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog within the next month. They’ll be dangerous down the stretch.

Odds to win NHL Pacific Division

I would stay far away from the Vegas Golden Knights at their current price. They have stumbled a bit as of late, and are due to continue to regress. The bet to place is on the Calgary Flames at +700. They got off to a slow start to begin the season, but that was expected with the amount of roster turnover they had in the offseason. Now that they’re starting to gel, they could be one of the better teams in the second half of the season.

Odds to Win the Hart Trophy

I would run, not walk, to your local sportsbook or mobile app and wager on Connor McDavid to win the Hart Trophy as NHL’s MVP now. This is the last time you’re going to be able to get him at his current odds and unless he gets hurt, he has this trophy on lockdown this season. He has built a 10 point cushion atop the NHL with 66 points, and the player in second with 56 points is his line mate, Leon Draisaitl. I’m shocked you can still bet on McDavid at -125.

Odds to Win the Vezina Trophy

The goaltender for the Boston Bruins, Linus Ullmark, is the rightful favorite at this point of the season, but I’m looking at Connor Hellebuyck as my favorite bet on the board. He already has a Vezina Trophy to his name as the top goaltender in the NHL, and he’s been carrying the Winnipeg Jets throughout the season. We’ve yet to see Ullmark play at this level for an entire season, and Hellebuyck has the advantage of more games against weaker teams in the Western Conference.

You can track Iain’s bets on Betstamp here.

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.

Denise T. Jones

Denise T. Jones is a passionate sports enthusiast with a knack for capturing the electrifying essence of the sporting world. As a dedicated sports news writer for AccessTV.co, Denise brings her unparalleled love for sports and her adept storytelling skills to deliver captivating and insightful content to readers worldwide. With a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of various sports disciplines, Denise ensures that her articles provide comprehensive coverage of the latest events, matches, and developments in the sports realm. Whether it's the thrill of the game-winning goal, the drama of a nail-biting finish, or the heartwarming stories of triumph against all odds, Denise encapsulates it all with eloquence and precision. Denise's journey in sports journalism has been marked by her unwavering commitment to accuracy, integrity, and excellence. Her ability to blend statistical analysis with compelling narratives sets her apart as a trusted voice in the industry. From the adrenaline-pumping action on the field to the strategic maneuvers off it, Denise brings every aspect of the sporting world to life through her writing. With a finger on the pulse of the sports scene, Denise T. Jones continues to inspire and inform readers with her dynamic and engaging sports coverage on AccessTV.co.

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