Alex Ovechkin's 33 goals last season were the fewest he has scored since 2012-13...when the Caps played only 48 games in a lockout shortened season. You have to go back to 2010-11 for the last time Ovechkin managed fewer than 33 goals in a full season. At 32 years old, some have wondered whether this signaled Ovechkin's decline, but the oddsmakers seem to disagree.
The betting site Bovada released their updated award odds for the NHL regular season and Ovechkin is the favorite to win the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the NHL's top goal scorer at 5/1.
Sidney Crosby won the award in 2016-17 with 44 goals, snapping a streak of four straight seasons in which Ovechkin claimed the award. The lowest goal total to ever win the award is 41 when Rich Nash, Jarome Iginla and Ilya Kovalchuk all finished with the same goal total and split the award in 2003-04. To win the award, Ovechkin would have to have a bounce back year in which he would almost certainly need to pass the 40-goal mark.
Here is Bovada's full list of oddsfor the Rocket Richard Trophy:
Alexander Ovechkin 5/1
Vladimir Tarasenko 11/2
Sidney Crosby 7/1
Patrik Laine 7/1
Auston Matthews 7/1
Nikita Kucherov 8/1
Steven Stamkos 8/1
Connor McDavid 10/1
Patrick Kane 11/1
Brad Marchand 12/1
Jamie Benn 16/1
Evgeni Malkin 16/1
Max Pacioretty 16/1
Tyler Seguin 16/1
The oddsmakers seem to have plenty of faith in the Caps' stars this season as they show up on the lists for other awards.
Braden Holtby, Matt Murray and Carey Price are the three favorites to win the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goalie as each netminder comes in at 5/1. Backstrom is tied for fourth for the Art Ross Trophy at 12/1, while Ovechkin sits at 22/1.
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