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
Another point for Kopitar in the Kings’ Game 3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. He’s played 10 playoff games. He’s scored in every one of them.
2. P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens
Subban has 11 points in eight games and is skating 26:58 per game. The Habs only had one power play in Game 4, so Subban didn’t have much time to work his magic there.
3. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
Toews has four goals and five assists in nine playoff games, skating to a plus-5.
4. Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins
With this Game 4 shutout, Rask now has a .941 save percentage and a 1.67 GAA for the postseason.
5. Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins
With a goal and an assist in Game 4, Malkin now has 12 points in 10 games, skating to a plus-6. Teammate Jussi Jokinen (6 goals, 3 of them game-winners) is right there with him.
6. Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild
Parise had a goal and an assist in Game 3, and now has 13 points in the postseason in 10 games, second only to Kopitar.
7. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
Getzlaf has 11 points in eight games, including four power-play points. But he’s only 41.2 on faceoffs.
8. Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings
Six goals for Gaborik, who now has four assists as well after Game 3. He’s tied with Jokinen for the NHL postseason goal lead.
9. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
Quick gave up more than two goals for the first time in five games, and now has a postseason save percentage of .920.
10. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
Lundqvist sports a .929 even strength save percentage. But can he get the goal support he needs to keep this team alive?