Odds are stacked high against a Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia sweep at the NHL Awards night.
Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon, the two most famous sons of the community near Halifax, are each prohibitive favorites to win major awards – Crosby the Hart Trophy and MacKinnon the Calder Trophy.
Crosby was a 1-100 favourite, according to Bodog.eu to be named league MVP. It means a fan would have to bet $100 in order to make a $1 profit, hardly worth the risk or the effort.
Ryan Getzlaf and Claude Giroux were named to the ballot as second and third fiddles.
Crosby’s neighbour, MacKinnon, was 1-16 to be named league’s top rookie, an award that eluded Crosby because of the 2005 lockout. MacKinnon parlayed his MasterCard Memorial Cup MVP in May into becoming the league’s top-scoring rookie as an 18-year-old with Colorado.
Tampa Bay rookies Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson are also nominated and are 11- and 12-1 long shots on the NHL awards odds menu.
The Avalanche are favoured in two other categories and their goalie Semyon Varlamov is the second betting choice in Vezina Trophy odds. Boston’s Tuukka Rask is a slight favourite for the best goalie award while Tampa’s Ben Bishop is the third option.
Patrick Roy will win the Adams Trophy if the Bodog odds are accurate. He is 1-5 to win the award over Detroit’s Mike Babcock and Tampa’s Jon Cooper. Ryan O’Reilly, who had a single minor penalty all season, is the favourite to win the Lady Byng Trophy as most gentlemanly player.
Duncan Keith is favored at -105 to be named the Norris Trophy winner ahead of Boston’s Zdeno Chara. Shea Weber was also nominated and sits as a 4-1 underdog.
Keith’s Blackhawks remain the top betting choice to win the 2015 Stanley Cup, ahead of the Los Angeles Kings who just celebrated their second title in three years.
Odds to win 2014 Hart Memorial Trophy
Sidney Crosby (PIT) -10000 (1/100)
Ryan Getzlaf (ANA) +1200 (12/1)
Claude Giroux (PHI) +2500 (25/1)
Odds to win 2014 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
Ryan O’Reilly (COL) -650 (2/13)
Patrick Marleau (SJ) +500 (5/1)
Martin St. Louis (NYR) +1400 (14/1)