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
The Kings star now has four goals and six assists; how will he fare against the Ducks?
2. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
Getzlaf has three goals and four assists so far for Anaheim. Against the Kings this season, however: Two points in five games.
3. Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins
Still the playoffs’ top goalie, his numbers took a hit in Game 1, as he now has a .946 save percentage and a 1.52 GAA.
4. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Two third period goals give Kane five for the playoffs and the Blackhawks a Game 1 win over the Wild. He’s a plus-8 for the postseason.
5. P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens
Two goals, five assists and a double-OT game-winner against the Bruins elevates Subban into the middle of the Conn Smythe race.
6. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
Toews has three goals, five assists and three game-winning goals in the Blackhawks’ first seven games of the postseason.
7. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
The King made 34 of 36 stops in Game 1 vs. Pittsburgh, and has a .923 save percentage for the postseason.
8. Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild
With a Game 1 assist, Parise now has 11 points in eight games, leading all playoff scorers.
9. Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
Doughty has seven points in seven games and has played outstanding hockey for the Kings. But he didn’t tally a point against the Ducks this season.
10. Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins
Malkin picked up an assist in Game 1 to give him three goals and five assists in seven games.