NHL 2016 Playoffs odds and ends: Sharks not favored to win the Stanley Cup

Sharks will be underdogs against the Blues.

While certain statistical models give the Sharks the edge against the St. Louis Blues, Las Vegas does not. The odds below, provided by Bovada, give the Penguins the best shot at winning the Stanley Cup and the Blues the second-best shot. The Sharks 4/1 odds are just a hair better than the Lightning's odds.

Perhaps more interesting are the odds for the Conn Smythe. I'm not a gambler, but those 50/1 odds for Joe Thornton are at least a little enticing.

Odds to win the Stanley Cup

Pittsburgh Penguins 9/5

St. Louis Blues 2/1

San Jose Sharks 4/1

Tampa Bay Lightning 17/4

Exact Stanley Cup Matchup Odds

Pittsburgh vs. St. Louis 8/5

Pittsburgh vs. San Jose 2/1

Tampa Bay vs. St. Louis 15/4

Tampa Bay vs. San Jose 9/2

Odds to win 2016 Conn Smythe Trophy as NHL Playoff MVP

Sidney Crosby (PIT) 9/2

Vladimir Tarasenko (STL) 7/1

Brian Elliott (STL) 7/1

Ben Bishop (TB) 17/2

Logan Couture (SJ) 19/2

Phil Kessel (PIT) 19/2

Evgeni Malkin (PIT) 10/1

Matt Murray (PIT) 11/1

Joe Pavelski (SJ) 11/1

Nikita Kucherov (TB) 12/1

Kevin Shattenkirk (STL) 14/1

Tyler Johnson (TB) 16/1

Martin Jones (SJ) 16/1

David Backes (STL) 20/1

Brent Burns (SJ) 20/1

Robby Fabbri (STL) 20/1

Kris Letang (PIT) 20/1

Jonathan Drouin (TB) 35/1

Victor Hedman (TB) 50/1

Joe Thornton (SJ) 50/1