By: Ryan Gilbert
The 2020 Vezina Trophy odds continue to tell a similar story. There are three main contenders with less than +400 odds, then after the top three is a group of three longer shots to round out the board at +700, +800 and +900.
Let’s take a look at how the top four goaltenders have fared overall and recently this season.
Jordan Binnington (Vezina Trophy Odds: +250)
Jordan Binnington is still the favorite to win the Vezina Trophy with +250 odds. However, that shouldn’t necessarily be the case.
He is 25-11-7 on the season with just a .910 save percentage and 2.66 goals against average. He has struggled since November, going 12-7-3 with a .893 save percentage.
Binnington should not be the favorite and you should stay away with his +250 Vezina Trophy odds.
Connor Hellebuyck (Vezina Trophy Odds: +300)
Connor Hellebuyck is making a strong case for himself to win the 2020 Vezina Trophy.
The Winnipeg Jets goaltender has a 26-18-5 record with a solid .919 save percentage and 2.71 goals against average on the season. He has improved his play recently as well with a 5-2-1 record and .927 save percentage in February.
Hellebuyck is tied for second in the NHL with 26 wins and is tied for 11th with his .919 save percentage.
Ben Bishop (Vezina Trophy Odds: +400)
Ben Bishop is backstopping the Dallas Stars into the playoffs.
He has a stellar .925 save percentage and 2.37 goals against average with a 21-12-4 record on the season. His play has been consistent throughout the season with a save percentage of .916 or higher in every month, including .921 or higher in the past four months. In February, he is 4-1-1 with a .923 save percentage.
Bishop has the fifth-best save percentage in the league and is the only goalie with a save percentage above .920 that has made more than 35 starts.
Bishop is one of the top choices to bet on with good Vezina Trophy odds of +400
Tuukka Rask (Vezina Trophy Odds: +700)
Tuukka Rask is the best goalie in the National Hockey League this season.
He missed time due to injury and has split some starts with Jaroslav Halak, but hopefully that won’t hurt his case too much. Rask has played in 35 games – all starts – and has a very impressive 23-5-6 record this season. He leads the league in both save percentage with a sparkling .932 mark and goals against average with a mark of 2.04.
It’s baffling that Rask’s odds are still so long. His injury hampered him so he doesn’t have the “workhorse” trait that some voters may look for, but his performance has been top notch this season.
Take a run at Rask, especially with odds of +700.