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.
Doughty had a turnover that led to a goal and then a goal that led to his inclusion on many a highlight reel, as the Kings star now has 5 goals and 12 points in the playoffs to lead all defensemen. Skating 27:48 per game, he’s now the front-runner for the Conn.
Lundqvist saw his save percentage climb to .928 in the Game 1 defeat, in which he had 40 saves. Alain Vigneault called him the reason it went to overtime.
3. Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
Kopitar was scoreless in Game 1, but still leads the playoffs with 24 points.
4. Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings
Carter was an offensive force in Game 1, setting up Kyle Clifford’s critical goal with a strong move to the net. He’s one point behind Kopitar for the playoff lead with 23 points, nine of them goals.
5. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
Quick stopped 25 shots in the Game 1 victory, including some outstanding chances from the Rangers.
6. Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings
Gaborik was shut out in Game 1 but has 12 goals in 22 games, leading all players.
7. Justin Williams, Los Angeles Kings
Mr. Game 7 scored the game-winner in Game 1, and now has 20 points in 22 games.
8. Carl Hagelin, New York Rangers
His speed was a difference-maker in Game 1, as Hagelin now has seven goals in 21 games.
9. Martin St. Louis, New York Rangers
St. Louis has 13 points in 21 games but has been shut out the last three games.
10. Derek Stepan, New York Rangers
Stepan played well in Game 1, but left with no points and a minus-1.