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.
Williams now has 24 points in 24 games, playing to a plus-14. He set up Jeff Carter’s buzzer-beater in the first period – yet another big moment he’s played a role in. He has nine points in his last five playoff games.
2. Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings
Carter’s Game 3 goal was his 10th of the playoffs, good for second in the postseason. Like Williams, he’s shown up in big moments: The backbreaker goal in Game 3, his seven points in Games 2 and 3 in the conference final. It’ll take more heroism in Game 4 to leap over Williams, but it’s possible.
3. Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
Kopitar assisted on Jake Muzzin’s power play goal to give him 26 points in 24 playoff games, best in the NHL. He’s right in the Conn Smythe conversation.
4. Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
Doughty was scoreless in Game 3, skating 26:03. He has 17 points in 24 playoff games.
5. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
Quick’s Game 3 shutout was a statement game, but he’s outplayed Henrik Lundqvist in the Cup Final overall.
6. Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings
Gaborik has 13 goals in the playoffs to lead all players, skating to a plus-6.
7. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
If the Rangers are going to stave of elimination, it’ll be on Lundqvist, who has a .922 save percentage for the playoffs.
8. Mats Zuccarello, New York Rangers
For the second straight game, the speedy forward was arguably the Rangers’ best player.
9. Martin St. Louis, New York Rangers
He has 14 points in 23 playoff games but couldn’t hit the board in Game 3.
10. Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers
McDonagh trails Doughty in playoff points for defensemen by one, 17-16.