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.
Rask has an 0.96 GAA and a .966 save percentage through four games. Best goalie in the playoffs? Yes, best goalie in the playoffs.
His three-point effort in Game 5 was the stuff of MVPs, showing exactly what the Ducks were missing when he was injured for Game 4. He has three goals and four assists in four games.
3. Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks
Like Getzlaf, Marleau has three goals and four assists, including an OT game-winner.
Two game-winning goals and six points overall for the Blackhawks captain, including the winner in OT in Game 5.
5. Jack Johnson, Columbus Blue Jackets
Johnson has three goals and two assists, skating 29:36 per game and helping to shut down Sidney Crosby.
6. Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars
The Stars are in trouble, but Benn continues to shine: Four goals, including his shorty last night, for five points in the playoffs.
If Rask is the playoffs’ best goalie, Varlamov isn’t far behind with a .937 save percentage while facing 134 shots. He’s not been the problem for the Avalanche in their losses.
8. Marty St. Louis, New York Rangers
Two goals, three assists and rounding into the Rangers’ best postseason forward thus far.
9. Darcy Kuemper, Minnesota Wild
Kuemper has a 0.40 GAA and a .979 save percentage, and the defense in front of him might continue that trend.
10. Brendan Gallagher, Montreal Canadiens
Gallagher remains primed for a big second round if it’s a rough and tumble series against the Bruins. He has 3 goals and 2 assists in four games.