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With Game 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals set for Monday and the Boston Bruins favored to win the series, it tracks that their goalie, Tuukka Rask, is the odds-on favorite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
The Conn Smythe is awarded to the most valuable player during the entirety of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Rask is listed as a -106 favorite to win the award, while St. Louis Blues' left winger Jaden Schwartz has the second best odds at +240. If Rask does manage to win the Conn Smythe, he would become the first goalie since Jonathan Quick, of the Los Angeles Kings, in 2012 to take home the trophy.
Rask has been on fire this postseason, leading all goalies who have played more than one game in the NHL Playoffs with a goals against average of 1.84. If he keeps playing that well, the Bruins' goalie has a great shot at winning the award.
However, a center or wing has won the Conn Smythe in five of the last six seasons, which certainly works in Schwartz's or Boston left winger Brad Marchand's (+315) favor. Blues' rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington (+450) is the only other player with less than 10-to-1 odds to win the award.
While Rask is currently the odds-on favorite, it wouldn't be a surprise to see someone like Schartz, Marchand or Binnington take home the 2019 Conn Smythe Trophy.
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