Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic is entering the 2020-21 NHL season with one goal: “We want to hoist (the Stanley Cup) over our heads.”
If betting odds are any indication of Colorado’s chances, the outlook is good.
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The Avs are the favorites to win the championship, according to several oddsmakers. BetMGM has Colorado at +700 — meaning a $100 bet would win $700 — as of Wednesday morning. Bovada and Barstool Sportsbook both have the team at +650.
Defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning (+800) are next, followed by the Vegas Golden Knights (+850) and Toronto Maple Leafs (+1,100), according to BetMGM.
The Avs are also favored to win the West Division at +140, a slight edge over Vegas (+190).
As for individual awards, defenseman Cale Makar (+900) is the third favorite to win the James Norris Memorial Trophy. Head coach Jared Bednar (+750) has the second-best odds to win the Jack Adams Trophy. Center Nathan MacKinnon is third for the Art Ross Trophy (+600), second for the Hart Memorial Trophy (+500) and tied for sixth for the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy (+1,400). Rookie defenseman Bowen Byram (+2,500) is a longshot at 11th for the Calder Memorial Trophy.
Source:: The Denver Post – Sports