The Duel

Vladimir Tarasenko Favored Over Tuukka Rask to Win 2019 Conn Smythe Trophy

Zach Brunner
2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Two
2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Two / Bruce Bennett
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With the Stanley Cup Finals tied at 2-2, this series could truly go either way. The same can be said of this year's Conn Smythe Trophy, with the odds being tight between three players, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Even though Tuukka Rask opened as the favorite, he's now listed at +210, and has since been passed by Vladimir Tarasenko (+175) as the favorite to win the 2019 Conn Smythe Trophy.

Tarasenko has been on an absolute tear, scoring three goals in four Stanley Cup Finals games, and tallying at least one point in nine of his last 10 postseason games. His goal gave the St. Louis Blues a 2-1 lead in the first period of Game 4, and he led the team with six shots on net.

As for the Boston Bruins, Rask has been the team's defensive anchor in net, while Patrice Bergeron (+310) has been leading the offense. Rask has a .938 save percentage, and is only allowing 1.96 goals per game in the postseason.

Meanwhile, Bergeron leads the Bruins with nine goals in the postseason, and he's already racked up three assists in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Even though Tarasenko is currently favored, both Rask and Bergeron have a decent shot at passing him if Boston manages to make a run in the Stanley Cup Finals.


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