Jordan Binnington’s Vezina Trophy Odds Top the Board
The NHL season has reached the All-Star break, the unofficial halfway mark of the season. There is just over a month until the trade deadline with each team having about 30 games left in the season. The race for the 2020 Vezina Trophy is heating up.
The 2020 Vezina Trophy odds only have six goalies listed on the board. Let’s take a look at how each six fared this past week and their overall numbers.
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Vezina Trophy Odds for Jordan Binnington (St. Louis Blues) +250
Jordan Binnington won the Stanley Cup with the Blues last year and is building upon his tremendous rookie season.
Binnington only started two games this past week. His first was a 21-save, 4-3 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. Then he was pulled against the Colorado Avalanche after allowing 4 goals on 11 shots.
Binnington still has a 22-8-5 record on the year with one shutout. He has a .912 save percentage (SV%) and 2.58 goals-against-average (GAA).
Binnington is riding high off of a Stanley Cup win, but stay away for now.
Vezina Trophy Odds for Connor Hellebuyck (WInnipeg Jets) +300
Connor Hellebuyck had a rough week as well.
Hellebuyck lost all three of his starts. He was pulled after allowing five goals on 12 shots to the Tampa Bay Lightning, then allowed four goals in losses to the Chicago Blackhawks and Carolina Hurricanes.
Hellebuyck is 21-16-4 on the year, but he does have four shutouts. He still has a solid .917 SV% and 2.74 GAA overall. He is worth a look as one of the top two favorites.
Vezina Trophy Odds for Ben Bishop (Dallas Stars) +400
It was a rough week for the top goalies.
Ben Bishop lost his only start of the week, allowing two goals on 20 shots to the Buffalo Sabres. He then made 12 saves on 15 shots in relief against the Minnesota Wild.
Bishop splitting time with Anton Khudobin may hurt him. Bishop has a 16-10-3 record with two shutouts on the year. He still has a sparkling .921 SV% and 2.30 GAA, so definitely get in on Bishop at +400.
Vezina Trophy Odds for Tuukka Rask (Boston Bruins) +700
Tuukka Rask is currently out with a concussion, but could return after the All-Star break. He has a great 17-4-6 record, two shutouts and a .925 SV%, but that injury and splitting time with Jaroslav Halak hurt his chances.
Vezina Trophy Odds for Marc-Andre Fleury (Vegas Golden Knights) +800
Marc-Andre Fleury went 1-1-1 this past week with 95 saves on 104 shots, a .913 SV%. That brings his record to 19-12-4 on the season with a .907 SV%. The Golden Knights are struggling, which will hamper Fleury’s chances to bloom. Hold off for now.
Vezina Trophy Odds for Semyon Varlamov (New York Islanders) +900
Semyon Varlamov and the Islanders are sliding. He lost both starts this week, allowing three goals to the New York Rangers and five goals to the Washington Capitals. He is now 15-8-4 with two shutouts and a .915 SV% on the season. With a record nearing .500, Varlamov’s odds will soon become even longer.
Final Thought: Keep an eye on Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Vasilevskiy won the Vezina last year and is 24-9-2 with two shutouts this season. He also has a .917 SV% and 2.54 GAA. He has won 10 straight starts with a .946 SV% in that span. Ride the surge.