Conn Smythe Watch: Parise, Kopitar jump into MVP race

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. Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

He left Round 1 with a .961 save percentage and a 1.16 GAA. He’s the playoffs’ best goalie, by far.

2. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

Toews has three goals, four assists and three game-winning goals in the Blackhawks’ first six games of the postseason.

3. Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild

With his four-point night, Parise tied Nathan MacKinnon with 10 points for the playoffs. If the Wild pull off the upset, Parise will be right in the thick of the MVP race.

4. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks

Getzlaf has three goals and four assists so far for Anaheim, and was their most important forward in the first round.

5. Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

The Kings star has moved to fourth in the postseason in scoring with three goals and five assists, scoring in each game of the playoffs.

6. Marty St. Louis, New York Rangers

St. Louis picked up another assist in the Rangers’ Game 5 win, and now has two goals and four helpers for the playoffs.

7. Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche

MacKinnon has 10 points in the postseason, but came up empty in Game 6 in Minnesota.

8. Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins

Malkin’s hat trick powered the Penguins to a 4-3 win in Game 6, advancing to the second round.

9. Brendan Gallagher, Montreal Canadiens

Gallagher remains primed for a big second round against the Bruins. He has 3 goals and 2 assists in four games.

10. Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks

Has three goals and four assists, including an OT game-winner. But he was as invisible as the rest of the Sharks’ big guns in Game 6.


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