Conn Smythe Watch: Jeff Carter rockets up the chart

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 leads the playoffs with a 1.99 GAA and a .931 save percentage, and with Corey Crawford’s stats ballooning, the gap is widening.

2. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

Toews had two goals in Game 3, giving him eight for the playoffs and 13 points in 15 games.

3. Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings

The hottest offensive player in the postseason at the moment: 10 points in his last four games, including four goals in his last two. Carter had 19 points overall, one behind his teammate …

4. Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

Kopitar leads the playoffs with 20 points in 17 games but was quiet again offensively in Game 3. That’s not to say he didn’t contribute, winning 59 percent of his draws.

5. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings

Quick’s numbers continue to be below average, especially that .911 save percentage, but he’s winning games for the Kings and making key saves.

6. Martin St. Louis, New York Rangers

St. Louis has 12 points in 17 games, including five goals. And obviously provided an expected emotional lift for his team.

7. Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks  

Not a good night again for Crawford, as he gave up four goals to the Kings. He now has a 2.23 GAA and a .923 save percentage – stellar numbers, but down a bit from the previous round.

8. P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens

Subban is now tied in playoff points for defensemen with 12 in 14 games.

9. Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings

Gaborik still leads all playoff scorers with nine goals in 17 games.

10. Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings

Doughty tied Subban for most points for playoff defensemen with 12 in 17 games and is a plus-6.


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