The Stanley Cup semi-finals are set after the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday, 6-3. These two teams were the favorites to win the Stanley Cup heading into the playoffs, and the most anticipated series of the 2021 playoffs lived up to the hype.
It was a sensational run between the top two teams, and the odds were clearly against Vegas after losing the first two games to Colorado. But the Golden Knights came back valiant in victory to beat the Avalanche four times in a row and now have a chance to return to the Stanley Cup Final as they did in their historic 2017-18 inaugural season.
Vegas is the overwhelming favorite for the Montreal Canadiens to win and advance to the Stanley Cup Final. Las Vegas bookies have more responsibility if the home side Golden Knights win the Stanley Cup, and the odds are high that they will support them the rest of the playoffs.
Jeff Sherman, vice president of risk management at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas, released the Stanley Cup Series prizes for the semifinals immediately following the Golden Knights series victory.
The implied odds suggest that Vegas has an 81.82% chance of winning the series against Montreal. You’ll have to wager $ 450 to win $ 100 on Vegas to win the series, while a $ 100 bet on Montreal would pay $ 375 if the Canadiens hit the big series.
The Golden Knights were installed as a -500 favorites over the Montreal Canadiens (+375) at Station Casinos sports betting in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Review Journal just reported that those odds would make the Golden Knights the series’ biggest favorites in Stanley Cup semi-final history.
The Vegas Golden Knights have the home ice advantage the rest of the playoffs as the remaining seed. All four division winners were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs – Colorado, Toronto, Caroline and Pittsburgh.
Odds of winning the 2021 Stanley Cup
The NHL’s forward odds to win the Stanley Cup on FanDuel Sportsbook show Vegas is the favorite with four teams remaining.
- Vegas Golden Knights (+125)
- Tampa Bay Lightning (+140)
- New York Islanders (+600)
- Montreal Canadiens (+1200)
The odds of winning the Stanley Cup and each series are subject to change, and sports betting adjusts the odds after each game and also offers live and in-game betting during each contest.
In fact, as they lagged behind in the series against the Avalanche 2-0, the Golden Knights’ odds of winning the Stanley Cup fell to +1,600 at FanDuel Sportsbook. They were back at +400 when the Golden Knights tied the series at 2-2.
Fleury Fantastic and Pietrangelo “Best player of the series”
Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-André Fleury passed Ed Belfour for the 4th all-time place in NHL history with 89 playoff wins in net.
Hockey analyst Jesse granger covers the Golden Knights for The Athletic and publishes an NHL Playoff Guide with full coverage of every game and series.
Veteran defenseman Alex Pietrangelo was a major contributor for the Golden Knights in his debut season in Vegas, and he was a dominant player on the ice and the number one star of the game following the decisive win in the series. Pietrangelo scored the game-winning goal at the end of the second period and added an assist in the game six victory.
Vegas coach Peter DeBoer said after the win over Colorado, “I thought he was the best player in the series, on either team. He was an absolute monster for us. ”
The first game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Vegas Golden Knights will take place on Monday, June 14 at 9 p.m. ET and 6 p.m. local Pacific time at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (NBCSN, SN, TBEN, TVAS ).
It’s been a bloodbath for sports betting in Las Vegas, as punters continue to ride the Golden Knights hot roll. The odds suggest he will continue against the Canadiens en route to the Stanley Cup.
You can bet on it.