Ovechkin hot on Price’s trail in Hart race


Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin seen here sliding into Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price. (Ryan Remiorz/CP)

Carey Price has been unbelievable for the Montreal Canadiens this season and his performance will in all likelihood net him his first Vezina Trophy. He also has a strong chance at becoming the first goalie to win the Hart Trophy since Jose Theodore did it with the Habs back in 2002.

Price — with his 36-12-3 record, .935 save percentage, 1.92 goals-against average and six shutouts — has 2/1 odds to win the Hart, according to the latest Bodog betting lines.

However, Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin is making things interesting and his Hart odds have improved to 3/1. Ovechkin has been scoring at a torrid pace since the turn of the calendar and scored his league-leading 42nd and 43rd of the season Tuesday.

Canadian Olympic teammates John Tavares, Sidney Crosby and Ryan Getzlaf are also in the NHL MVP conversation.

Following the news that Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano is done for the season after electing to undergo surgery to repair a torn biceps tendon, the Norris race is wide open with Nashville Predators standout Shea Weber leading the way.

In the Calder Trophy race, forwards Filip Forsberg and Johnny Gaudreau plus 2014 first-overall pick Aaron Ekblad are well ahead of the pack.

Here are the latest NHL awards odds:

Hart Trophy
Carey Price – 2/1
Alex Ovechkin – 3/1
John Tavares – 7/2
Sidney Crosby – 15/4
Ryan Getzlaf – 15/2
Jakub Voracek – 19/2
Nicklas Backstrom – 12/1
Pekka Rinne – 25/1
Rick Nash – 30/1
Vladimir Tarasenko – 30/1

Norris Trophy
Shea Weber – 7/4
Drew Doughty – 4/1
Kris Letang – 4/1
Duncan Keith – 5/1
Kevin Shattenkirk – 6/1
P K Subban – 13/2
Ryan Suter – 7/1
Erik Karlsson – 12/1

Calder Memorial Trophy
Filip Forsberg – 5/8
Johnny Gaudreau – 5/2
Aaron Ekblad – 333/100
Michael Hutchinson – 19/2
Mark Stone – 14/1
Mike Hoffman – 15/1
Anders Lee – 18/1

Vezina Trophy
Carey Price -280
Pekka Rinne +160
Marc Andre Fleury +1800
Braden Holtby +2600

Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy
Alex Ovechkin -350
Rick Nash +200
Steven Stamkos +750
Joe Pavelski +2000
Vladimir Tarasenko +3000

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