By popular demand, Puck Daddy takes its Conn Smythe Watch from the evening Three Stars to every morning of the postseason. Keep in mind that we factor in the probability of a long playoff run into these choices. Who are the current favorites for playoff MVP? Glad you asked.
1. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
Toews has 10 points in 11 games and leads the playoffs with four game-winning goals.
2. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
With an assist in Game 5, Getzlaf now has 14 points in 10 playoff games, tied for second in the postseason.
3. Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
Kopitar had an assist in Game 5, and now leads the playoffs with 16 points in 12 games.
4. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
Lundqvist has a .936 even-strength save percentage and has given up two or fewer goals in 10 of his 13 games.
5. P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens
Subban leads the Habs and all NHL defenseman in scoring for the postseason with four goals and eight assists, skating 26:48 per game on average.
6. Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins
Rask didn’t have the strongest night in Game 6, but still sports a gaudy .951 even strength save percentage.
7. Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins
Malkin has six goals in the postseason and 13 points and has skated to a plus-5.
8. Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings
Gaborik now leads all playoff scorers with eight goals after his two tallies on 7 shots in Game 5.
9. Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild
Parise has 14 points in the playoffs, but nine of them were scored at home. That’s good news for Game 6, one supposes.
10. Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
Price was brilliant in pitching a shutout in Game 6; can he once again get the best of Rask in Game 7?