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.
Lundqvist jumps back into the top spot after his shutout victory in Game 6, to put the Rangers back into the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 years.
Kopitar leads the playoffs with 23 points in 19 games, and will attempt to close out the Blackhawks in Game 6.
3. Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings
Carter has 21 points in 19 games, although he doesn’t have a game-winning goal.
4. Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
Doughty is fifth in the playoffs at 27:50 per game. He also might be the player the voters most respect come MVP time.
5. Martin St. Louis, New York Rangers
St. Louis has 13 points in 20 games but has two game-winning goals, including that critical Game 4 OT winner.
6. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
Toews has been one of the Hawks that’s played well through all three rounds, and has 15 points in 17 games.
7. Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings
Gaborik has 11 goals in 19 games, leading all scorers and the only one in double digits.
8. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
Quick’s save percentage dipped to .909; could a Game 6 masterpiece bolster his chances?
9. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
With four assists in Game 5, Kane now has 15 points in 17 games, tying Toews for the team lead.
10. Derek Stepan, New York Rangers
Darkhorse candidate for the Rangers with 13 points in 19 games.