UNIONDALE, NY - MAY 05: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins moves around Michael Grabner #40 of the New York Islanders in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on May 5, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Online bookmaker: Crosby favored to win Hart Trophy


Now that all the major NHL awards finalists have been announced, it’s time to bet on who’s going to win.

Following are the odds from online bookmaker Bovada:

Odds to win the Hart:

Sidney Crosby 4/7

Alex Ovechkin 9/4

John Tavares 5/1

Odds to win the Vezina:

Sergei Bobrovsky 1/3

Antti Niemi 11/4

Henrik Lundqvist 10/1

Odds to win the Norris:

P.K. Subban 4/5

Ryan Suter 9/4

Kris Letang 13/4

Odds to win the Calder:

Jonathan Huberdeau 10/11

Brendan Gallagher 1/1

Brandon Saad 10/1

Odds to win the Selke:

Jonathan Toews 20/21

Patrice Bergeron 11/10

Pavel Datsyuk 9/1

Odds to win the Jack Adams:

Paul MacLean 1/4

Joel Quenneville 7/2

Bruce Boudreau 5/1

For what it’s worth, I’d be tempted to put a few bucks on Suter at 9/4. I actually think he’s the favorite to win the Norris. Yes, Subban tied with Letang for the scoring lead (38 points) among d-men, but voters may discount Subban for missing the first part of the season with a contract dispute, and also for logging just 23:14 of ice time per game, which wasn’t even the highest on his team (Andrei Markov, 24:07).

After healthy scratch, Severson vows to play ‘next 80 games’

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Damon Severson was a healthy scratch on Saturday.

It’s the last game he wants to miss this season.

“I had a good chat with a few people and just pretty much said, ‘I want to be in the next 80 games,’” Severson said, per The Record. “I sat out my game and that’s all I want to be out for for the year.”

Severson is one of the Devils’ most important young players. But this is also the 21-year-old defenseman’s sophomore season, and that’s when slumps can occur.

Hence, the early message he was sent by the coaching staff.

Severson is expected to be back in the lineup tonight when New Jersey hosts Nashville.

“He doesn’t have to be perfect,” coach John Hynes told reporters. “We’d just like to see him have a high compete level. We know he’s ready to go. We had a couple of good meetings with him. He’s in a good spot mentally. I know he’s ready to roll.”

Virtanen to make NHL debut tonight versus Kings

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Jake Virtanen, the sixth overall pick in the 2014 draft, will make his NHL debut tonight when his Canucks meet the Kings in Los Angeles.

The 19-year-old winger was a healthy scratch for Vancouver’s first three games of the regular season. He had two goals and two assists in six preseason games.

“I can’t wait,” he told reporters. “My energy is high. I want to get a couple of hits on my first shift.”

Big and physical with goal-scoring ability, the consensus is that Virtanen will remain in the NHL and not be returned to junior after he’s played nine games. That consensus could always change based on his play, of course.

The Canucks — who won last night in Anaheim — did not have a full skate this morning, so it’s unclear who will come out of the lineup. The best guess is rookie Jared McCann, who’s been playing third-line center.

If McCann does come out, the Canucks could move Brandon Sutter to third-line center and Virtanen could take Sutter’s spot on the first line with the Sedin twins. Or, there could be more extensive line juggling.