Conn Smythe Watch: Patrick Kane's showtime push for MVP

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

The Kings star now has four goals and six assists; how will he fare against the Ducks?

2. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks

Getzlaf has three goals and four assists so far for Anaheim. Against the Kings this season, however: Two points in five games.

3. Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

Still the playoffs’ top goalie, his numbers took a hit in Game 1, as he now has a .946 save percentage and a 1.52 GAA.

4. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

Two third period goals give Kane five for the playoffs and the Blackhawks a Game 1 win over the Wild. He’s a plus-8 for the postseason.

5. P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens

Two goals, five assists and a double-OT game-winner against the Bruins elevates Subban into the middle of the Conn Smythe race.

6. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

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

7. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

The King made 34 of 36 stops in Game 1 vs. Pittsburgh, and has a .923 save percentage for the postseason.

8. Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild

With a Game 1 assist, Parise now has 11 points in eight games, leading all playoff scorers.

9. Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings

Doughty has seven points in seven games and has played outstanding hockey for the Kings. But he didn’t tally a point against the Ducks this season.

10. Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins

Malkin picked up an assist in Game 1 to give him three goals and five assists in seven games.