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