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Here’s your NHL Awards preview

Jun 20, 2012, 9:02 AM EDT

Evgeni Malkin, Erik Gustafsson AP

Tonight we’ll finally find out who is taking home the rest of the season’s hardware. The NHL Awards from Las Vegas take place tonight (7 p.m. ET on NBCSN) and it could prove to be a big night for both Evgeni Malkin and Jonathan Quick. In case you’ve forgotten, here are the awards up for grabs and who the nominees are.

Hart Trophy (League MVP): Evgeni Malkin, Steven Stamkos, Henrik Lundqvist

Norris Trophy (Best defenseman): Zdeno Chara, Erik Karlsson, Shea Weber

Vezina Trophy (Best goalie): Henrik Lundqvist, Jonathan Quick, Pekka Rinne

Selke Trophy (Best defensive forward): Patrice Bergeron, David Backes, Pavel Datsyuk

Calder Trophy (Rookie of the year): Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Gabriel Landeskog, Adam Henrique

Masterton Trophy (Perseverance and sportsmanship): Daniel Alfredsson, Joffrey Lupul, Max Pacioretty

Lady Byng Trophy (Most gentlemanly player): Brian Campbell, Matt Moulson, Jordan Eberle

Ted Lindsay Award (Players’ MVP): Henrik Lundqvist, Evgeni Malkin, Steven Stamkos

Jack Adams Award (Coach of the year): John Tortorella, Ken Hitchcock, Paul MacLean

You’ll also see the King Clancy Trophy and Mark Messier Leadership Award handed out as well. The former is a bit more important than the latter. If Quick wins the Vezina, he’ll complete the goalie hat-trick for awards winning the Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe, and Vezina in the same season, something Tim Thomas and Bernie Parent have done before him. Odds are on Lundqvist spoiling that potential party, however.

  1. sabatimus - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    As much as I hate that smug Tortellini face, Lundqvist is totally the Vezina winner.

  2. sjsharks66 - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Malkin should win MVP and lundqvist should win vezina. Henrique should win also.

  3. amerika1313 - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Malkin, Chara, Lundqvist, Bergeron, Landeskog, Pacioretty, Campbell, Malkin, Hitchcock.

    • amerika1313 - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:20 PM

      Not bad. I missed one, and that was because the voters apparently forgot that winners of the Norris trophy need to be able to play defense.

  4. sportsfreak13 - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    I have to ask flyer fans will giroux winning the cover for NHL 2013 make up for the fact that malkin will be winning the hart, art Ross, and Ted Lindsey award?

    • sheckyrimshot - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:10 PM

      no, our 19 year old smothering him into a heap of petulant insignificance in the first round already made up for that.

      • chap6869 - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:17 PM

        LOL, That was HILARIOUS sheckyrimshot, and it’s funny because it’s true!

      • jpelle82 - Jun 20, 2012 at 4:03 PM

        8 pts in 6 games is hardly insignificant. but if thats what philly fans want to grab at then so be it.

      • sportsfreak13 - Jun 20, 2012 at 5:04 PM

        haha “smothering him into a heap of petulant insignigicance” would be what the devils did to giroux (1 point in 5 games) not 8 points in 6 games. Whatever helps you sleep at night though.

  5. highlander24 - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Darryl Sutter: Coach of the year.

  6. namriverrat69 - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Lundqvist wins over Quick due to East coast bias only which still shows up here in the comments. Quick before the playoffs should have been the winner. He carried his team all season with their anemic offense, won 10 games the last month of the season including 3 shutouts which made 10 shutouts for the year which got them into the playoffs Without Quick they would not have made it to the playoffs. .The playoffs were icing on the cake of his incredible year. No one stays up late back east to watch west coast games and the box scores do not tell the story. Quick will be robbed.

  7. donjean - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Let’s hope the King reigns

  8. martysbetter - Jun 20, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    I’d love for Henrique to win the Calder, but I’m guessing Landeskog takes it.

    What Henrique did in the postseason as a rookie is more rewarding than any trophy – this kid could have a letter on his jersey sooner than later.

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