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Conn Smythe Watch: St. Louis climbs; Price, Subban struggle in Game 1

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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. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

Lundqvist saw his save percentage dip to .929 and had more than enough offensive support in Game 1, but the King still leads the Conn Watch.

2. Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

Kopitar leads the playoffs with 19 points in 14 games and is a plus-8. He had a goal and an assist in Game 7.

3. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

Toews has 10 points in 12 games and leads the playoffs with four game-winning goals.

4. P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens

Subban was scoreless with a minus-1 in Game 1, but leads the Habs and all playoff defensemen with 12 points in 12 games.

5. Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings

Gaborik leads all playoff scorers with nine goals after scoring in Game 7.

6. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

The former Conn Smythe winner has three game-winning goals and two overtime goals, tallying six goals overall.

7. Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens 

After a rough Game 1, Price has a .919 save percentage and a 2.35 GAA.

8. Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks  

Crawford now leads the playoffs with a 1.97 GAA in 12 games and is tied with Lundqvist in save percentage.

9. Martin St. Louis, New York Rangers

St. Louis had a goal and an assist in Game 1, and is helping the Rangers offense become dangerous, even on the power play. He has four points in three games.

10. Brendan Gallagher, Montreal Canadiens

Gallagher was scoreless with a minus-1 in Game 1, but remains a heart and soul player for the Habs with nine points.


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