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. Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
He leads all playoff scorers with 14 points and is contributing on both ends of the ice.
2. P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens
Subban had a goal and an assist in Game 3 and is the single most important player in that series vs. Boston. He has 11 points in seven games. Cha-ching!
3. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
Toews has four goals and five assists in the playoffs, but was quiet in Game 3 with a minus-1.
4. Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings
Six goals for Gaborik in the playoffs, including the game-tying and game-winning goals in the Kings’ Game 1 win, to lead all scorers.
5. Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins
Fleury hasn’t been scored upon in 120 minutes, pitching two shutouts against the Rangers. He has a .925 save percentage, and a .946 save percentage at even strength. Can he do it a third time?
6. Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild
Parise had a goal and an assist in Game 3, and now has 13 points in the postseason in 10 games, second only to Kopitar.
7. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
Getzlaf has 10 points in seven games, but he needs to find a way to make a difference in Game 3.
8. Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins
Malkin now has four goals and six assists in eight games for the Penguins, although he was scoreless in Game 3.
9. Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins
Rask still has a .933 save percentage for the postseason, but has given up 10 goals in three games to Montreal.
10. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
Lundqvist has a solid .936 even-strength save percentage but simply isn’t getting the goal support. C’mon, power play…