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 three assists in Game 1 gave him 13 points in eight playoff games – best in the NHL – and a plus-5.
2. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Kane’s five goals are tied for the NHL playoff lead, and he has two game-winners for the Blackhawks. Showtime!
3. P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens
Subban picked up the primary assists on Thomas Vanek’s goals in Game 2. His nine points in six games is tops among defensemen in the playoffs.
4. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
Getzlaf doubled his point total against the Kings this season with two assists in Game 1, and now has three goals and six assists in six playoff games.
5. Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins
Rask has a .939 save percentage and a 1.71 GAA for the postseason, despite the Canadiens series being a bit of a shootout.
6. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
Toews has three goals, five assists and three game-winning goals in the Blackhawks’ first seven games of the postseason.
7. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
The King made 34 of 36 stops in Game 1 vs. Pittsburgh, and has a .923 save percentage for the postseason.
8. Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild
With a Game 1 assist, Parise now has 11 points in eight games, leading all playoff scorers.
9. Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings
Gaborik had the game-tying and game-winning goals in the Kings’ Game 1 win, giving him 5 goals in the playoffs. Quite the résumé builder, that one.
10. Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins
Malkin picked up an assist in Game 1 to give him three goals and five assists in seven games.