The NHL season is coming down the stretch, which means it’s last call for regular-season awards betting.
There’s less than two months left in the regular season, and the playoffs are right around the corner
Award winners will separate themselves as the games get more important, meaning now is the time to get those award futures bets in. Here’s a look at the 2021-22 Vezina Trophy race.
2022 NHL Vezina Trophy Odds
Here are the top 4 betting favorites to win the 2022 Vezina Trophy as of March 29, 2022. (Odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook.)
- Igor Shesterkin, New York Rangers (-500)
- Jacob Markstrom, Calgary Flames (+700)
- Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning (+1400)
- Frederik Andersen, Carolina Hurricanes (+1600)
Shesterkin, who also is a bona fide Hart Trophy candidate, is unsurprisingly the favorite since he has carried the Rangers near the top of the Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference standings all season. The last goalie to win the Hart and Vezina was Carey Price in 2015, and only seven goalies have ever been named the NHL MVP.
Markstrom has climbed the ranks too from +1800 midseason to the second-most likely candidate thanks to the Calgary Flams’ recent charge up the Pacific Division standings and the fact he is leading the NHL in shutouts (9) and has terrific stats as well (.925 save percentage, 2.16 GAA, as of March 29).
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Vasilevskiy, the 2019 winner who has been a finalist four straight years, is unsurprisingly right there with Shesterkin since he and the Lightning are once again near the top of the Atlantic Division standings.
Andersen has been one of the most consistent goalies, ranking second in the NHL in save percentage (.927) as of March 29 while playing heavy minutes for one of the best teams in the NHL. Ironically, Andersen is less likely to garner Vezina consideration, despite having his best season as a pro, since he is now playing in Carolina not Toronto.
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The NHL odds will keep evolving as the season goes on, and goalies on non-playoff teams have already fallen by the wayside.
2022 Vezina Trophy Prediction
Igor Shesterkin, New York Rangers (-500)
It’s no fun betting the favorite, but Shesterkin is essentially a foregone conclusion to win the Vezina barring some season-altering injury down the stretch. He is going to deserve legitimate consideration for the Hart Trophy this season, and if a goalie is even in the conversation for MVP that makes him the best goalie in the game.
Andersen and Markstrom are the only other candidates truly worthy of consideration, but their candidacies is still not as strong as Shesterkin. The Rangers get outshot seemingly every night, whereas Carolina is dominant possession team under head coach Rod Brind’Amour, and defenseman Roman Josi gets much of the praise for Nashville’s success year-in and year-out.
Shesterkin is in the top-five in goals-against average and save percentage while also leading the league in all-situation goals-saved above average (37.55) and the Rangers are 30th in 5-on-5 Corsi-for percentage (45.75) and near the bottom of the list in Expected Goals percentage at 5-on-5 (45.6), according to Natural Stat Trick.
If Shesterkin does get injured, mash Andersen or Markstrom — especially if their odds remain around +1000. But if Shesterkin can keep this up for a full season, he’ll be worthy of all the hardware.