2021 NHL Stanley Cup Betting Odds, Conn Smythe MVP Winner, Longshot & Free Predictions
Monday, May 17, 2021
by LVSB Team

The 2021 NHL Playoffs are Underway

2021 NHL Stanley Cup Betting Odds, Conn Smythe MVP Winner, Longshot & Free Predictions

The NHL playoffs are underway with four of the eight series posting one game in the books. Time to make our latest picks for the Stanley Cup winner and the playoff MVP, otherwise known as the Conn Smythe winner.

As the Conn Smythe winner typically comes from the winning team, it’s goes without saying that is the direction we’ll take here.

Read on below for my pick among the favorites, a team in the cushy middle and a serious longshot for each category and the players I think will lead them to victory.

Time to make some picks!

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2021 Stanley Cup
Colorado Avalanche    +400
Tampa Bay Lightning    +550
Toronto Maple Leafs    +600
Vegas Golden Knights    +850
Carolina Hurricanes    +850
Boston Bruins    +1200
Washington Capitals    +1200
New York Islanders    +1500
Minnesota Wild    +1500
Pittsburgh Penguins    +1700
Edmonton Oilers    +1700
Florida Panthers    +2200
St. Louis Blues    +3000
Montreal Canadiens    +3500
Winnipeg Jets    +4000
Nashville Predators    +4500

Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook

Value Bet (Toronto +600)
Whatever team makes it to the Final Four from the North Division will be considered the underdog among the remaining four. And I get that, since it was clearly the weakest division at the top during the regular season. But that same logic is why I like Toronto to end their curse. They were head and shoulders above the competition in the North and should have the easiest time among all the favorites getting through the first two rounds. That counts for a lot for the hardest trophy to win in sports.

Their cast of forwards is as good as any in the league with elite talent on the top two lines, led by Austin Matthews who led the league in goals scored by eight over his closest competition, and a mix of speed, size and veteran depth. The defense also improved by leaps and bounds this year. Bottom line is that I expect them to be firing on all cylinders by the time they reach the semifinals and that confidence should give them more than a fighting chance against Colorado, Las Vegas, Tampa Bay and all the other American favorites.

Bet to Consider (Washington +1200)
I love the long odds the Capitals are getting in spite having won the cup just three years ago. That core may have aged, but they are mostly in tact and this is a team that is built for the playoffs led by Alexander Ovechkin, TJ Oshie, Tom Wilson and company up front, nine players scored at least 10 goals this year and Zdeno Chara still a mountain of power on defense, while John Carlson is an elite scoring defenseman.

Long shot Bet (Montreal +3500)
A lot would have to go right for this team to pull off the ultimate upset, but that is why this is a long shot bet. Carey Price is still considered among the top goalies in the league by most players, Shea Weber leads a big defense core that is built for the playoffs and the forward lines are deep and can skate with anyone. They are also getting healthy at the perfect time. If they can get past Toronto their confidence will be sky high.

2021 Stanley Cup
To Win 2021 Conn Smythe Trophy

Nathan MacKinnon   +750
Auston Matthews   +1100
Nikita Kucherov   +1100
Marc-Andre Fleury   +1400
Victor Hedman   +1500
Andrei Vasilevskiy   +1600
Mitch Marner   +1700
Connor McDavid   +1800
Philipp Grubauer   +1800
Mikko Rantanen   +2000
Sidney Crosby   +2000
Brayden Point   +2000
Sebastian Aho   +2200
Tuukka Rask   +2200
T.J. Oshie   +2400
Petr Mrazek   +2500
Dougie Hamilton   +2500
Mark Stone   +2500
David Pastrnak   +2500
Brad Marchand   +2500
Cam Talbot   +2500
Max Pacioretty   +3000
Cale Makar   +3000
Kirill Kaprizov   +3000
Alexander Ovechkin   +3000
Aleksander Barkov   +3000
Steven Stamkos   +3000
Nicklas Backstrom   +3000
Semyon Varlamov   +3000
Jack Campbell   +3500
Vincent Trocheck   +3500
John Tavares   +3500
Shea Theodore   +3500
Patrice Bergeron   +4000
Leon Draisaitl   +4000
Teuvo Teravainen   +4500
Connor Hellebuyck   +4500
Jonathan Huberdeau   +5000
Kevin Fiala   +5000
Brock Nelson   +5000
Carey Price   +5000
Jean-Gabriel Pageau   +5000
Juuse Saros   +5500
John Carlson   +5500

Odds source: BetOnline Sportsbook

Value Bet (Auston Matthews +1100)
If the Leafs are to win it all it’s because their best scorer led them there and is able to bring his regular season success to the playoffs.

Bet to Consider (Alexander Ovechkin +3000)
The Capitals leader and best scorer would need to do the same in the playoffs if Washington is to lift the cup

Long shot Bet (Carey Price +5000)
The Habs goalie has a long record of elite performances in the playoffs including a 1.78 GAA in 10 games last year. His team just hasn’t been able to score when they need to most. They will go as far as he takes them, and with Tyler Toffoli and Josh Anderson bringing fresh scoring blood to the team, along with sparkplug Brendan Gallagher and the electric Nick Suzuki, they have a group that should be able to help them come on top in close games.

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