What's Buzzing:

Puck Daddy

Conn Smythe Watch: Malkin makes his move, but Kopitar is still King

Greg Wyshynski
Puck Daddy

View photo

.

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

He leads all playoff scorers with 14 points and is winning over 50 percent of his faceoffs.

2. P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens

Subban has 11 points in seven games and is skating 27:34 per game. The heart and soul of a Habs team that’s up 2-1 on the Bruins.

3. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

Toews has four goals and five assists in nine playoff games, but didn’t tally a point in Game 3.

4. 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. The big question: Can he hold off teammate Jussi Jokinen (6 goals, 3 of them game-winners) as the Penguins’ MVP forward?

5. Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings

Six goals for Gaborik in the playoffs, including the game-tying and game-winning goals in the Kings’ Game 1 win. He’s tied with Jussi Jokinen for the playoff lead.

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 10 points in seven games, including four power-play points. He has three points in two games vs. the Kings.

8. Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

Rask still has a .933 save percentage for the postseason, but has given up 10 goals in three games to Montreal.

9. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings

After a rough start to the postseason, Quick has dominated with a .924 save percentage in leading the Kings to six straight wins.

10. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

Lundqvist sports a .929 even strength save percentage. He’s also the Rangers’ MVP candidate by default at this point.

View Comments (29)
  • Kris Letang suspended for Game 4 vs. Capitals; right call?

    Kris Letang suspended for Game 4 vs. Capitals; right call?

    Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang was suspended one game on Tuesday by the NHL Department of Player Safety for illegally checking Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson in the first period of Game 3 of their conference semifinal … More »

    Puck Daddy - 50 minutes ago
  • Calgary Flames fire head coach Bob Hartley after a backsliding season

    Calgary Flames fire head coach Bob Hartley after a backsliding season

    The NHL team fired their head coach Tuesday to increase the number of clubs seeking different men behind their benches next season. The Flames were the surprise of the league a year ago upon reaching the second round of playoffs. Hartley had … More »

    The Canadian Press - 1 hour 4 minutes ago
  • Dallas Stars mum on Niemi or Lehtonen for Game 3

    Dallas Stars mum on Niemi or Lehtonen for Game 3

    The Stars picked up Niemi during the offseason in order to help lessen the burden on Lehtonen during the regular season and help give the team an edge on back-to-back games. … More »

    Puck Daddy - 1 hour 5 minutes ago
  • Pens D Letang suspended 1 game for hit

    Pens D Letang suspended 1 game for hit

    The NHL has suspended Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang for one game for an illegal hit on Washington's Marcus Johansson. Letang will miss Wednesday night's Game 4 after the NHL Department of Player Safety ruled Tuesday that Letang made … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 11 minutes ago
  • Star Penguins defenceman Kris Letang suspended one game for hit to Johansson

    Star Penguins defenceman Kris Letang suspended one game for hit to Johansson

    The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without their best defenceman for Game 4 of their second-round series against the Washington Capitals. Kris Letang has been suspended for one game for his elbow to the head area of Capitals winger Marcus Johansson on … More »

    The Canadian Press - 1 hour 17 minutes ago