NHL odds: Division winners, 2021 Stanley Cup champion

We’re a day away from the beginning of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs and 16 teams have hopes of winning the title this year. Will it be the Presidents’ Trophy winning Avalanche? How about the Hurricanes, those jerks? Can the Maple Leafs end their 54-year drought? Will the Lightning go back-to-back?

Those questions will be answered over the next two months as we get summer playoff hockey again. While we wait to see who will be crowned this year’s champion, our friends at Pointsbet have created various NHL odds for division reps, the Stanley Cup champion, and Conn Smythe Trophy winner.

POINTSBET 2021 NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF ODDS

NORTH DIVISION WINNER

Maple Leafs -125
Oilers +260
Canadiens +675
Jets +700

WEST DIVISION WINNER

Avalanche +120
Golden Knights +160
Wild +685
Blues +800

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EAST DIVISION WINNER

Bruins +150
Penguins +270
Capitals +325
Islanders +395

CENTRAL DIVISION WINNER

Hurricanes +150
Lightning +200
Panthers +300
Predators +800

STANLEY CUP CHAMPION

Avalanche +420
Golden Knights +500
Maple Leafs +650
Lightning +700
Hurricanes +900
Bruins +1100
Penguins +1200
Capitals +1500
Oilers +1800
Panthers +2000
Islanders +2000
Wild +2500
Canadiens +3000
Blues +3000
Jets +3500
Predators +4000

CONN SMYTHE TROPHY

Nathan MacKinnon, Avalanche +800
Auston Matthews, Maple Leafs +1100
Mark Stone, Golden Knights +1400
Marc-Andre Fleury, Golden Knights +1500
Mitch Marner, Maple Leafs +1700
Sidney Crosby, Penguins +2000
Mikko Rantanen, Avalanche +2000
Andrei Vasilevskiy, Lightning +2000
Sebastian Aho, Hurricanes +2200
Connor McDavid, Oilers +2200
Max Pacioretty, Golden Knights +2200
Dougie Hamilton, Hurricanes +2500
Petr Mrazek, Hurricanes +2500
Victor Hedman, Lightning +3000
Jonathan Huberdeau, Panthers +3000
Nikita Kucherov, Lightning +3000
Cale Makar, Avalanche +3000
Brad Marchand, Bruins +3000
Alex Ovechkin, Capitals +3000
David Pastrnak, Bruins +3000
Brayden Point, Lightning +3000
Tuukka Rask, Bruins +3000
Semyon Varlamov, Islanders +3200
Jack Campbell, Maple Leafs +3500
Jake Guentzel, Penguins +3500
Kirill Kaprizov, Wild +3500
John Tavares, Maple Leafs +3500
Vincent Trocheck, Hurricanes +3500

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    Islanders agree to terms with Mathew Barzal on 8-year extension

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    Mathew Barzal has agreed to terms with the New York Islanders on an eight-year extension, a move that keeps the franchise’s top forward under contract for the balance of his prime.

    The deal is worth $73.2 million with an annual salary cap hit of $9.15 million, according to a person with knowledge of the contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team did not announce terms.

    Barzal has led the team in scoring, or been tied for the lead, every season since he became a full-time NHL player in 2017-18. He has 349 points in 411 regular-season and playoff games for the defensively stingy Islanders, who qualified for the postseason three consecutive times before an injury- and virus-altered last year.

    “We feel recharged,” Barzal said recently. “We feel like everybody had good summers and worked hard, and we got that excitement back.”

    Barzal, now 25, is coming off putting up 59 points in 75 games. The offensive star will now be asked to round out his game.

    “I’m a fan because Mat has the ability to raise his game and to be a special player,” general manager Lou Lamoriello told reporters at the team’s practice facility on Long Island. “And now, with this contract and our faith in him, (it) puts that responsibility on him. We’re trusting that. It’s up to him to respond to that.”

    Senators goaltender Cam Talbot out 5-7 weeks with injury

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    OTTAWA, Ontario — Ottawa Senators goaltender Cam Talbot is expected to be out five to seven weeks with what the team called an upper-body injury.

    The Senators initially called Talbot day to day with what they hoped was a minor injury. Instead he’s now expected to miss at least the first month of the NHL season.

    Ottawa claimed goalie Magnus Hellberg off waivers from the Seattle Kraken upon announcing Talbot’s expected absence. Hellberg, who played for Sweden at the Beijing Olympics could split time with countryman Anton Forsberg while Talbot is out.

    The Senators acquired Talbot from Minnesota during the offseason to make him their starter after the Wild opted against bringing him back along with Marc-Andre Fleury. Talbot, 35, had a 2.76 goals-against average and .911 save percentage this season.

    Losing Talbot is a blow to the Senators, who also acquired winger Alex DeBrincat from Chicago and signed longtime Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux as part of a move toward contending and ending their playoff drought.

    Blackhawks’ Boris Katchouk sidelined by ankle sprain

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    CHICAGO — Blackhawks forward Boris Katchouk will be sidelined for four to six weeks with a left ankle sprain, the team announced.

    The 24-year-old Katchouk played almost 12 minutes during a 3-0 preseason loss to Detroit on Saturday night. He was acquired in a multiplayer trade with Tampa Bay in March.

    The Blackhawks open the season on Oct. 12 at Colorado.

    The team also said forward Jujhar Khaira is day to day with a right ankle injury.

    Ducks’ Urho Vaakanainen crashes into boards, leaves on stretcher

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    ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ducks defenseman Urho Vaakanainen was taken off the Honda Center ice on a stretcher after he crashed into the end boards in the first period of Anaheim’s preseason game against the San Jose Sharks.

    The Finnish defenseman was conscious and alert with full movement in his extremities at UCI Medical Center, the Ducks said.

    The frightening incident occurred midway through the opening period when Vaakanainen smashed into the boards at a dangerous speed behind the Sharks’ net. Vaakanainen appeared to be concentrating on the pass he had just made to Derek Grant, who scored the Ducks’ opening goal on the assist.

    Vaakanainen’s teammates came onto the ice and gathered around him as he was taken away on the stretcher.

    The Ducks acquired the 23-year-old Vaakanainen from Boston last March in the deal that sent longtime Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm to the Bruins. After recording two assists in 14 games for the Ducks last season, Vaakanainen is attempting to win a top-six role on Anaheim’s defense this fall.