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Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos among favorites for Hart Trophy

Lightning center Steven Stamkos, front, and wing Nikita Kucherov, back, are among the favorites to win the Hart Trophy in 2018-19. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
By Frank Pastor
Wednesday 29 August 2018 10.16

You've got to like the chances of a Lightning player winning the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player this season.

Two Bolts are among the top 13 favorites for the award listed by online sportsbook Bovada, including one in the top six.

Right wing Nikita Kucherov is one of four players tied for sixth at 15-to-1 odds.

The others are reigning Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall of the Devils, 2017-18 Hart finalist Nathan MacKinnon of the Avalanche and Jets center Mark Scheifele.

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is among four players tied for 13th at 25-1.

Oilers forward Connor McDavid is the favorite at 10-3, followed by Penguins center Sidney Crosby (13-2). Conn Smythe winner Alexander Ovechkin of the Capitals, newly minted Maple Leaf John Tavares and Toronto teammate Auston Matthews are next at 10-1.

Kucherov tied for third in the league in scoring last season with 100 points. His 39 goals tied for ninth. Stamkos tied for ninth in assists (59). His 89 points ranked 12th.

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