Inside the final month of the NHL's regular season, there isn't much drama over who should take home the Vezina Trophy.
The latest: Linus Ullmark has rightfully earned his spot atop the odds leaderboard and his lead is still growing. It may be too late for anyone — even Ilya Sorokin — to catch the Boston goalie.
Check out the latest Vezina Trophy odds.
Vezina Trophy odds
Check out the latest odds to win the Vezina Trophy. Click linked odds to add selection to your betslip.
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Odds as of 12:45 p.m. on 03/19/2023.
Best odds to win the Vezina Trophy
The favourite: Linus Ullmark (-1,000)
Early in the season, it felt like only a matter of time before Ullmark ascended to favoured status. He's held that spot for a while now, and it's difficult to envision him coughing up the lead.
As the No. 1 puck-stopper on what is far and away the league's No. 1 team, it makes sense to see Ullmark with the shortest odds on the Vezina market. He's a true starter for the first time in his career and hasn't let that opportunity go to waste.
In 41 starts, Ullmark has an NHL-high 34 wins. He also leads the league in GAA (1.97) and SV% (.935).
The Bruins typically play solid defence in front of him, but Ullmark stands tall when called upon to stop high-danger shots. His high-danger save percentage at 5-on-5 (.877) is first in the NHL, according to Natural Stat Trick.
With just 14 games left in Boston's regular season schedule, it'd take quite an implosion for Ullmark to lose his grip on the Vezina Trophy.
Other Vezina Trophy choices
Best value: Ilya Sorokin (+850)
Finding value is difficult when it looks like we have a shoo-in victor. But we'll give Sorokin some love, as his performance in recent outings deserves.
Sorokin has a .931 SV% and a 2.09 GAA in his past 10 starts. No, that's not even on par with Ullmark's season-long averages, but it would be a Vezina-calibre pace in most seasons.
The third-year Russian netminder does lead the league in shutouts (five) and an advanced stat at Hockey Reference called Goalie Point Shares (12.0). He's made nine more starts than Ullmark, so he's got the frontrunner beat from a workload standpoint.
Sorokin, who finished sixth in Vezina voting last year, should compete for this award for many years to come. But he'll very likely come up short this season.
Player to watch: Jake Oettinger (+4,000)
Another goalie whose workload has been admirable is Oettinger. He leads the NHL in minutes (3,125) and games played (53).
Oettinger let in five goals on March 18, though, which marks the sixth time in his past seven games that he's allowed three or more tallies. It'd be awfully difficult to win the Vezina with that kind of form, and his odds have taken a dive as a result.