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Lundqvist is 5/2 favorite to win Conn Smythe

Jun 3, 2014, 1:37 PM EDT

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The latest Conn Smythe Trophy odds, per online bookmaker Bovada:

Henrik Lundqvist (NYR) 5/2
Anze Kopitar (LAK) 4/1
Drew Doughty (LAK) 4/1
Jonathan Quick (LAK) 11/2
Martin St. Louis (NYR) 7/1
Marian Gaborik (LAK) 7/1
Jeff Carter (LAK) 8/1
Derek Stepan (NYR) 30/1
Justin Williams (LAK) 30/1
Brad Richards (NYR) 30/1
Ryan McDonagh (NYR) 30/1
Rick Nash (NYR) 50/1
Mike Richards (LAK) 50/1
Dustin Brown (LAK) 50/1
Tyler Toffoli (LAK) 50/1

The consensus opinion is that Lundqvist will need to be outstanding if his New York Rangers are to upset the Los Angeles Kings. He’s already been excellent in these playoffs, with a 2.03 goals-against average and .928 save percentage. St. Louis, Stepan, and McDonagh each have 13 points, a three-way tie for the most on the team. (McDonagh at 30/1 might have some value.)

It the Kings end up winning, Quick would have to be beyond outstanding to capture his second Conn Smythe. He enters the series with a mediocre .906 save percentage, a far cry from the .946 mark he registered in 2012, when the Kings won their first Cup in franchise history. Which is why Kopitar and Doughty are the co-favorites from L.A, not the goalie. The former leads all playoff scorers with 24 points, while the latter has averaged 27:50 of ice time, tallying 16 points of his own.

Related: Kings are 10/17 favorites to beat Rangers (3/2)

  1. kane987245 - Jun 3, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Well, yea. As he should be. No offense to Carter, Kopitar, or anyone else, but Quist have been far and away better than Quick this post season. Unless the Rangers get swept with each game being like 5-1, 4-1,3-0, etc, I believe Quist is a shoe in for this years Conn Smythe. He deserves it and I am a DEVS fan speaking.

  2. matt14gg - Jun 3, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Does anyone know why the comments are turned off for the Pierre McGuire article?

    • patthehockeyfan - Jun 3, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      My guess? I’ve never read a good or kind thing about McGuire on PHT, and I’m guessing they’re (PHT) just saving themselves the grief of having to edit them.

    • barkar942 - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      Probably there were already too many responses mentioning Pierre, Cindy, kissing and love and a few other body parts .

      • matt14gg - Jun 3, 2014 at 6:42 PM

        I’m not sure being able to memorize the junior team of every guy who plays in the NHL exactly qualifies one to be a GM, but hey who knows.

        Oh, I almost forgot, Pierre also likes to tell every player he interviews: “…have fun out there!…” That’s key.

      • patthehockeyfan - Jun 3, 2014 at 6:49 PM

        Right, matt14gg. Sometimes he mixes it up by saying, “Have a blast out there!”

  3. nashernation - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Take us to the cup King.. He needs to be in beast mode to beat this red hot King team. Let’s go Rangers!!!

  4. stakex - Jun 3, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    I never really did understand bookmaking odds. Lundqvist is the current favorite to win the Conn Smyth, yet the Kings are favored to win the Cup. I guess you can look at the two as a separate issues, but I really see no chance for Lundqvist to win the CS if the Rangers don’t win the SC…. so it would see the two sets of odds are in conflict with each other.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 3, 2014 at 11:10 PM

      Four players from losing teams have won the Smythe Award. It happens.

  5. snipedanglecelly13 - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:54 AM

    I would take gaborik over kopitar for the trophy if kings win

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