NHL President’s Trophy Odds: Can the Panthers Steal the Trophy from the Avalanche?
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*Odds courtesy of FanDuel
There are seven games left in the NHL season, and the President’s Trophy is coming down to the wire.
The President’s Trophy goes to the team with the best record (most points) in the NHL.
If two teams are tied in points, then it goes to the team with the most regulation wins.
It has turned into a two-horse race as we enter the closing stretch of the season between the Colorado Avalanche and the Florida Panthers.
The Avalanche have accumulated 116 points in 75 games while the Panthers sit two points back at 114 points with seven games remaining.
FanDuel currently has the odds posted with the Avs favored at -370 with 78.72% implied probability.
The Panthers are the underdog at +290 with 25.64% implied probability.
Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar announced on Monday that he will be keeping some of his banged up players out for precautionary reasons. That list of banged up players includes Devon Toews–who leads the league in plus/minus–and Nazem Kadri, who is third on the team in points.
With the Avs having clinched the top seed in the Western Conference, there is nothing left to play for besides the President’s Trophy. It is unclear whether the Avs plan to rest their stars such as Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar as we get closer to the playoffs.
The Avs play the Washington Capitals at home on Monday before going on a three-game road trip. Two of their last three games include two of the top teams in the conference: the Minnesota Wild and the St. Louis Blues.
Florida plays four of its last seven games on the road and will also have to play the other top two teams in its conference with games against the Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs.
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