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
Another point for Kopitar in Game 2, assisting on Marian Gaborik’s first-period tally. He leads all playoff scorers with 14 points.
2. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
Toews now has four goals and five assists in the playoffs, including three game-winners and an overtime goal. He’s been a defensive lynch pin for the Hawks as well.
3. P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens
Subban has nine points in six games is tops among defensemen in the playoffs, and is skating 27:31 per game.
4. Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins
Rask has a .939 save percentage and a 1.71 GAA for the postseason, tops for goalies with more than four appearances.
5. Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings
Six goals for Gaborik in the playoffs, including the game-tying and game-winning goals in the Kings’ Game 1 win, to lead all scorers.
6. Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins
Fleury hasn’t been scored upon in 120 minutes, pitching two shut outs against the Rangers. He has a .925 save percentage, and a .946 save percentage at even strength. Would be even higher if it wasn’t for his gaffe in Game 4 against the Blue Jackets.
7. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
Getzlaf has 10 points in seven games, including an assist on Patrick Maroon’s Game 2 goal. But it’s not been enough vs. the Kings.
8. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Kane’s five goals are one off the NHL playoff lead, but he was pointless in Game 2 vs. the Wild.
9. Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins
Malkin now has four goals and six assists in eight games for the Penguins, although he was scoreless in Game 3.
10. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
Lundqvist has a solid .936 even-strength save percentage at even strength but simply isn’t getting the goal support. Story of his postseason life …