The Vegas Golden Knights are getting a lot of postseason love from a certain sports book.
Per SuperBook USA, the Vegas Golden Knights are favored to win the Western Conference and they are also among the favorites to lift the Stanley Cup.
We’ve mapped it out here but the 24-team Playoff proposal is gathering momentum after being given the green light on Friday, and it would feature 16 teams as Play-In teams.
While those Play-In games are being contested, the top seeds, including the Golden Knights, would take part in a three-game in-conference tournament in order to shake off some rust before the traditional 16-team postseason format gets underway.
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New odds based on the 24-team Playoff format, that has been approved by the NHLPA, have now been released and it makes for pretty reading for Golden Knights fans.
In terms of winning the Western Conference, based on the new format, the Knights lead the way with 5/2 odds.
It is somewhat surprising given how loaded the Colorado Avalanche are and how good the St. Louis Blues have looked all year, but many experts feel that Vegas is best equipped for the postseason given the abundance of riches at their disposal.
We’ve listed the Western Conference odds in full below:
Vegas Golden Knights 5/2
Colorado Avalanche 7/2
St. Louis Blues 9/2
Dallas Stars 6/1
Nashville Predators 18/1
Edmonton Oilers 18/1
Vancouver Canucks 20/1
Arizona Coyotes 25/1
Winnipeg Jets 25/1
Calgary Flames 25/1
Minnesota Wild 40/1
Chicago Blackhawks 50/1
It is also somewhat astounding that the likes of the Canucks and the Coyotes have decent-ish odds, but it just proves the old mantra that once you are in the dance then anything can happen.
And, in what is further positive news for Vegas fans, the Golden Knights have the best odds to go all the way and win the greatest prize in all of sports.
Listed at 6/1 along with the Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Knights are clearly seen as a team that can do a lot of damage in the postseason.
Here’s some of the odds for the Stanley Cup:
Boston Bruins 6/1
Tampa Bay Lightning 6/1
Vegas Golden Knights 6/1
Colorado Avalanche 8/1
St. Louis Blues 10/1
Washington Capitals 10/1
Philadelphia Flyers 12/1
Dallas Stars 14/1
Pittsburgh Penguins 16/1
Toronto Maple Leafs 30/1
Nashville Predators 40/1
Granted, there are a lot more intangibles at play here when it comes to embarking on a deep run given the strange times we currently live in.
Playing away from your home arena (although that likely won’t be a problem for VGK), playing without fans in the building and coming back after a long hiatus are obstacles that all teams involved will have to overcome.
Updated odds to win the Stanley Cup, based on NHL’s new 24-team playoff format, from the @SuperBookUSA in Las Vegas:
Tampa Bay 6/1
St. Louis 10/1
— Jesse Granger (@JesseGranger_) May 23, 2020
Plus, make note of the Predators having 40/1 odds to win the Stanley Cup. Under the 24-team postseason format, Nashville is a potential First Round opponent for Vegas should they win their Play-In.
Although they didn’t pull their weight during the regular season, the Preds did begin to show signs of life under Head Coach John Hynes and they have a roster packed to the brim with firepower.
But the Golden Knights are built to win now and with one of the best goalie tandems in the entire NHL, a solid blueline led by rising star Shea Theodore and an elite top-six forward unit, they will be a force to be reckoned with throughout the postseason.
So the fact that the Knights are getting a lot of love from sports books should come as no surprise.
And, while odds don’t count for anything at the end of the day, it is encouraging that the Vegas Golden Knights are seen as a genuine contender by many.
It will now be up to them to prove the hype is warranted.