MacKinnon, Makar Leading Conn Smythe Race

There were plenty of great performances in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but Cale Makar and Nathan MacKinnon led the way with Colorado’s four-game sweep of the Nashville Predators.

Makar put up a dominant ten points against the Predators, while MacKinnon registered five goals and one assist. This dynamic duo will have a lot to say as the playoffs continue and they are getting plenty of attention in the betting market with the Conn Smythe.

The Avalanche won Game 1 over the St Louis Blues in Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Tuesday night and while the tandem combined for just one point, there’s no reason to believe that Makar and MacKinnon won’t continue traumatizing opposing goaltenders.

Both MacKinnon and Makar own the current top odds to win the Conn Smythe this year at +550, with Aleksander Barkov of Florida having the third-best odds at +1200, followed by Connor McDavid of Edmonton at +1400.

Even with MacKinnon and Makar being part of the top-three highest players in the opening odds to win the Conn Smythe, they’ve had some big line movement, with MacKinnon beginning at +1400 and rising to +550, while Makar opened at +1600 and is now at +550 as well.

In terms of tickets, it shouldn’t be a big surprise after what we saw in Round 1 that MacKinnon and Makar are leading the way. MacKinnon boasts the highest ticket percentage at 24.6%, followed by Makar at 17.3%, and Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs at 6.9%, who were eliminated in Round 1 against Tampa Bay.

Jonathan Huberdeau finished the regular season with the second-most points in the NHL with 115, and he’s sitting with the fourth-highest ticket percentage at 2.5%, while Calgary Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom owns 2.3% of tickets.

Looking at the handle percentage, MacKinnon and Makar are both once against leading the charge, combining for 54.2% of the handle. MacKinnon currently owns 32.2% with the highest handle, followed by Makar at 22%.

The third-highest handle belongs to another member of the Avalanche, and that’s their captain Gabriel Landeskog. Landeskog has just 1.9% of tickets but boasts the third-highest handle at 6.1%.

One player worth keeping an eye on right now is Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The goaltender shut the door in Game 7 during Round 1 against the Maple Leafs and we know what he’s capable of when the stakes get raised. He owns the fifth-best odds at +1600 while owning just 2.2% of tickets, and 1.4% of the handle.

Below you can find the top-ten odds to win the Conn Smythe this season.

Player Team Opening Odds Current Odds
Nathan MacKinnon Colorado Avalanche 1400 550
Cale Makar Colorado Avalanche 1600 550
Aleksander Barkov Florida Panthers 1800 1200
Connor McDavid Edmonton Oilers 2500 1400
Andrei Vasilevskiy Tampa Bay Lightning 4000 1600
Jacob Markstrom Calgary Flames 1800 1800
Johnny Gaudreau Calgary Flames 2500 1800
Jonathan Huberdeau Florida Panthers 1800 2000
Nikita Kucherov Tampa Bay Lightning 4000 2200
Gabriel Landeskog Colorado Avalanche 3500 2500
Darcy Kuemper Colorado Avalanche 1800 2500
Mikko Rantanen Colorado Avalanche 1800 2500
Carter Verhaeghe Florida Panthers Off the board 2500