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. Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
Kopitar’s 10-playoff-game point streak was snapped in Game 4, but he still leads the playoffs with 15 points in 11 games.
2. Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins
Rask’s 31-save performance in Game 5 gives him a .940 save percentage and a 1.70 GAA for the Bruins, who are one win away from Round 3.
3. P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens
With another goal in Game 4, Subban continues to lead the Habs and all NHL defenseman in scoring for the postseason with four goals and eight assists.
4. Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins
Malkin has six goals in the postseason and 13 points, good for third in the league.
5. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
Getzlaf scored a huge goal in Game 4 and now has four goals and nine assists in nine games for the resurgent Ducks.
6. Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild
Parise had an assist in Game 4, giving him 14 points in 11 games for second in the playoffs in scoring. But nine of those points have come at home.
7. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
Toews has four goals and five assists in 10 playoff games, but went scoreless with a minus-2 in two games in Minnesota. Can he bounce back in Chicago tonight for Game 5?
8. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
Lundqvist has a .932 even strength save percentage and has allowed two or fewer goals in nine of his 12 playoff games.
9. Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks
Perry created two goals for the Ducks in their Game 4 win and has 10 points in 10 games.
10. Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings
Gaborik’s six goals are tied for the postseason lead but he failed to score one in two games in LA.