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. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
Lundqvist stopped 102 of 105 shots in the Rangers’ three-win rally. He has a .931 save percentage for the postseason.
2. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
Toews has 10 points in 12 games and leads the playoffs with four game-winning goals. He’s winning 58 percent of his faceoffs as well.
3. Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
Kopitar leads the playoffs with 17 points in 13 games and is a plus-7 for the Kings as they head into Game 7.
4. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
Getzlaf has 14 points in 10 playoff games, tied for second in the postseason.
5. P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens
Subban leads the Habs and all NHL defenseman in scoring for the postseason with four goals and eight assists, skating 26:48 per game on average. He had a star-making performance against the Bruins; what can he do against the Rangers?
6. Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
Price made 29 saves on 30 shots in Game 7 and now has a 2.15 GAA and a .926 save percentage for the playoffs.
7. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
The former Conn Smythe winner now has three game-winning goals and two overtime goals, tallying six total.
8. Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings
Gaborik leads all playoff scorers with eight goals and now has five assists as well, good for third overall in playoff scoring.
9. Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks
Crawford now leads the playoffs with a 1.97 GAA in 12 games.
10. Brendan Gallagher, Montreal Canadiens
Gallagher had two assists in Game 7 and now has four goals, five assists and a whole lot of agitation in the postseason.