Conn Smythe Watch: Welcome to the race, Kreider and Tokarski

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 still leads the playoffs with a 1.99 GAA and a .931 save percentage. He gave up one questionable goal in Game 3, but otherwise was in MVP form.

2. Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

Kopitar leads the playoffs with 20 points in 16 games and is winning 55 percent of his faceoffs. He’s scored in all but two of the Kings’ playoff games.

3. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

Toews has 11 points in 14 games, and the Blackhawks are undefeated when he scores a goal.

4. Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks  

Crawford has a 2.11 GAA and a .926 save percentage. Statistically, the second best goalie still alive in the playoffs.

5. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings

Quick’s numbers – 2.70 GAA and a .912 save percentage – fail to convey how huge he’s been for the Kings.

6. Martin St. Louis, New York Rangers

St. Louis has 12 points in 17 games, including five goals. He could have had about three more were it not for Dustin Tokarski and Josh Gorges in Game 3.

7. P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens

Subban still leads all defenseman in the playoffs with 12 points in 14 games, and was a bit of an agitation factor in Game 3.

8. Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings

Gaborik leads all playoff scorers with nine goals in 16 games and now has 15 points in 16 games.

9. Chris Kreider, New York Rangers

Kreider’s game-tying goal was his sixth point in seven playoff games this season, and the Rangers are 5-2 with him in the lineup. He also had the game winner in Game 1, for whatever that’s worth.

10. Dustin Tokarski, Montreal Canadiens

OK, time to pop him on the list. If the Habs pull this out, it’ll be on his shoulders. He was brilliant in Game 3 after a strong Game 2 debut. He’ll be off the list come Game 1 of the Final if Price is healthy, right? Uh … right?



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