Stanley Cup playoffs: Six to watch for the Conn Smythe Trophy

May 25, 2022 08:10 PM
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We’re almost midway through the Stanley Cup playoffs, so let’s look at some of the contenders for the Conn Smythe Trophy (playoff MVP) from a betting perspective:

Cale Makar (+ 450), Colorado Avalanche

Makar leads the Avalanche in points with three goals and nine assists. He does a lot of things that don’t show up in the box score, but offensive output is a big factor, especially for defenders. If the Avs win the Stanley Cup and Makar finishes with the most points on the team, he’ll almost certainly win the award, but there are a lot of ifs. Nathan MacKinnon (+ 550) will likely finish with more goals and could overtake Makar in points if he gets hot. I’m holding a 13-1 ticket on Makar from earlier in the playoffs, but if you’re thinking about betting the Avalanche to win the Stanley Cup at + 135, consider taking Makar at + 450 to be named the MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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