2020 Norris Trophy Odds: Johnny on the Spot
John Carlson has all but locked up the 2020 Norris Trophy. He has dusted off his trophy case, re-organized it so he can fit another trophy, and is just waiting for the season to end (and then the NHL Awards in June) to officially claim the 2020 Norris Trophy.
Carlson’s Norris odds for the trophy are still quite high at -450, with only really having one competitor. Nashville Predators captain Roman Josi is at +250, but the other defensemen are +600, +800, and higher. This award is Carlson’s to lose.
And to top it off, the Washington Capitals defenseman extended his lead in the race for the Norris Trophy this week.
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How Carlson’s Big Week Locked Up his Norris Trophy Odds
Carlson was struggling for a few games, with just two points (both assists) in four games between Jan. 27 and Feb. 4. However, he has gotten back to his usual pace (and then some) this week.
Carlson started to heat up last Tuesday against the Los Angeles Kings. He scored the Capitals’ first goal of the game to tie it at one, then picked up assists on Alex Ovechkin’s second and third goals of the night in the third period. Carlson picked up three points in the game, which is one more than he had in his previous four games.
He was silenced against the Philadelphia Flyers but got back at it against the New York Islanders. Despite the Capitals losing, Carlson did his best to keep the Caps in it with a goal to make it a 2-1 game, and then an assist late in the game to make it 5-3.
In the past week, Carlson scored two goals and added three assists for five points in three games. He averaged 24:30 per game as well.
Carlson now has 67 points (15 goals, 52 assists) in 56 games this season. He leads defensemen in all three scoring categories while averaging 24:39 per game.
Roman Josi is doing his best to keep up, but that’s tough when it’s against Carlson. Josi has three points (all assists) in four games this week. He’s now one goal, 12 assists and 13 points shy of Carlson’s league-leading numbers among defensemen.
It would be a smart move to get in on the Carlson train while the odds are still somewhat bettable. At -450 you can make a nice investment and get some of it back, but if this trend continues, he could become an even bigger favorite. It’s already a bit of a stretch, but if Carlson goes above -500 or somewhere like -750 or higher, it’s hardly worth betting on. Get in while you can.