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.
Lundqvist now leads the playoffs with a 934 SV% and a 1.93 GAA, leading the Rangers to a 2-0 series lead.
Kopitar leads the playoffs with 19 points in 16 games and is winning 55 percent of his faceoffs.
Toews has 11 points in 14 games, but was a quiet zero points and minus-2 in Game 2.
4. Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks
Rough night for Corey Crawford, as his five goals against inflated his GAA to 2.11 and dropped his save percentage to .926.
5. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
His game-saving stop in Game 2 was the stuff of MVPs, as Quick outdueled Crawford to once again be the Kings’ backbone.
6. Martin St. Louis, New York Rangers
St. Louis has 11 points in 16 games, including five goals. Plus the emotional lift he gave the Rangers can’t be quantified.
7. Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings
Gaborik leads all playoff scorers with nine goals in 16 games and now has 16 points in 16 games.
8. P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens
Subban leads all defenseman in the playoffs with 12 points in 13 games, but needs to activate his offense in Game 3 against the Rangers.
9. Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks
Like the rest of the Blackhawks’ big guns, he was a quiet Game 2 with a minus-2 and zero points.
10. Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings
Carter’s 4-point game, including a hat trick, puts him back in the MVP race. He now has 16 points in 16 games.