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 trails Corey Crawford in GAA and save percentage, but a 1.99 and a .929 are nothing to sneeze at. Plus the Rangers are toast without him.
Toews has 11 points in 13 games, adding another goal in Game 1 of the conference final (and getting another wiped away via incidental contact with the goalie.
3. Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
Kopitar leads the playoffs with 19 points in 15 games, but was held scoreless for only the second time in the postseason in Game 1.
4. Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks
Crawford now leads the playoffs with a 1.90 GAA in 13 games and also leads in save percentage (.933).
5. P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens
Subban leads the Habs and all playoff defensemen with 12 points in 12 games.
6. Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings
Gaborik leads all playoff scorers with nine goals in 15 games.
7. Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
Price has a .919 save percentage and a 2.35 GAA and will try to avenge his Game 1 pulling – if he’s healthy.
8. Martin St. Louis, New York Rangers
St. Louis had a goal and an assist in Game 1, and has four points in three games. But he’s here for the obvious emotional lift he gave his team.
9. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
The former Conn Smythe winner has six goals overall but was scoreless in Game 1.
10. Brendan Gallagher, Montreal Canadiens
Gallagher was scoreless with a minus-1 in Game 1, but has nine points for the Habs.
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