Goaltenders the favorites to win NHL's Conn Smythe Trophy

May 12, 2012 |
Whichever team wins the Stanley Cup is going to do so thanks in big part to their goaltender, according to the odds to win the Conn Smythe Trophy – the NHL playoffs’ MVP award.

The goalies for the five remaining teams in the NHL playoffs – Washington, New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles and Phoenix – make up the favorites to win the Conn Smythe.

Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick is a +300 front-runner, followed by Phoenix’s Mike Smith (+500), Washington’s Braden Holtby (+600), New York’s Henrik Lundqvist (+600) and New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur (+700).

Among the notable skaters in the running for the Conn Smythe are Capitals sniper Alex Ovechkin (+1,200), Kings forwards Dustin Brown (+1,200) and Anze Kopitar (+1,200), Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk (+1,200), Rangers center Brad Richards (+1,800) and Coyotes right wing Antoine Vermette (+1,800).

Los Angeles is a +200 favorite to win the Stanley Cup, after opening the postseason priced at +2,500 as a No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. New Jersey (+333), Phoenix (+400), New York (+450), and Washington (+700) all follow on the NHL futures board.

Odds provided by Sportsbook.ag.
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