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. Justin Williams, Los Angeles Kings
Mr. Game 7 has 24 points in 25 games for a plus-13. He had four shots in Game 4 but was a minus-1.
2. Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
Doughty was scoreless in Game 4, skating 26:45 and with a minus-1. His 17 points in 25 games lead all defensemen. Right there with Williams for the Conn Smythe.
3. Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
Kopitar didn’t have a point or register a shot on goal in the Kings’ Game 4 loss but he continues to lead the playoffs with 26 points in 25 games.
4. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
Hank’s 40-save performance in Game 4 continued his elimination game dominance. Three more like that, and he waltzes away with the Conn Smythe.
5. Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings
Carter nearly had a goal in Game 4, missing a loose puck that Anton Stralman swept away. He didn’t register a point, but has 24 in 25 games for the Kings.
6. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
For the first time all series, Quick was outplayed by Lundqvist, although neither of the Rangers’ two goals could be faulted to him.
7. Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings
Gaborik has 13 goals in the playoffs to lead all players, but couldn’t score one in two games at the Garden, his old stomping grounds.
8. Martin St. Louis, New York Rangers
The Rangers’ best forward in Game 4, St. Louis netted his eighth goal and has 15 points in 24 games.
9. Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers
McDonagh played 28:10 and was a plus-1 for the Rangers in what was a strong night for him. He trails Doughty by a point for the scoring lead for D-men.
10. Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings
The captain tallied his sixth goal for the Kings, giving him 14 points in 25 games and skating to a plus-8.