The Boston Bruins are in the midst of a historic season. Part of the reason for that has been the brilliant play of goaltender Linus Ullmark.
Ullmark is the current frontrunner for the Vezina Trophy, which is awarded annually to the NHL’s best goaltender.
His tremendous season has drawn the eyes of sports bettors, particularly on BetMGM Sportsbook.
BetMGM Vezina Trophy Odds
Ullmark began the season with odds of +8000 to win the Vezina Trophy. Now, the 29-year-old Swede has odds of -400 to win the award at BetMGM Massachusetts. He is the market favorite by a wide margin, as the goaltender with the second-best odds is Ilya Sorokin at +700.
You can sign up now for BetMGM in Massachusetts to pounce on those odds.
In the Vezina Trophy betting market at BetMGM in all states where it’s live, Ullmark holds the highest ticket percentage at 25.9% and the highest handle at 61.9%. This makes him the biggest liability for BetMGM.
This is particularly noteworthy because the BetMGM app isn’t yet live in Massachusetts. Often, ticket percentage and handle can skew toward players in states where residents can legally place bets on their favorite players via sportsbook apps. For Ullmark to dominate ticket percentage and handle like this shows just how much NHL fans, at large, agree he’s the top goalie.
Ullmark leads the NHL in wins (31), save percentage (.938) and goals against average (1.88). While there is still about a month and half left in the NHL regular season, those numbers have Ullmark on a fast track to the Vezina Trophy.
To make his season even more special, Ullmark scored a goalie goal against the Canucks on Feb. 25. He became just the 10th NHL goalie to score a goal since 2000, and the first to do so since Pekka Rinne in 2020.
A Bruin has won the Vezina Trophy 10 times. Past Boston winners are Tiny Thompson (1929-30, 1932-33, 1935-56, 1937-38), Frank Brimsek (1938-39, 1941-42), Pete Peeters (1982-83), Tim Thomas (2008-09, 2010-11) and Tuukka Rask (2013-14).
Hockey betting in Massachusetts
Hockey fans in Massachusetts have a lot to be excited about. The Bruins are the top team in the NHL, Ullmark is the Vezina favorite, and the state of Massachusetts has four teams in the top 20 college hockey rankings.
To enhance the action, sports betting in Massachusetts is here. Retail sports betting launched in the state last month, and you can now place wagers at three Massachusetts retail casino locations: Encore Boston Harbor, MGM Springfield and Plainridge Park Casino.
To make things even better, MA mobile betting apps will go live on March 10. This means that hockey fans in the state will soon be able to bet from the comfort of their own homes.
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