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Rangers Goalie Lundqvist Is 2015 Conn Smythe Trophy Favorite

Rangers Goalie Lundqvist Is 2015 Conn Smythe Trophy Favorite
The New York Rangers are 2015 Stanley Cup favorites so naturally goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is the Conn Smythe Trophy betting favorite at Bovada.

The 2015 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs begin Wednesday night and the somewhat surprising heavy favorite for the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the MVP of the playoffs is Rangers goalie Henrik Lundvqist at 19/2. I guess it’s not a total surprise because the Rangers won the Presidents’ Trophy and are the overall betting favorites to win their first Stanley Cup since 1994.

History Of Trophy

The Conn Smythe Trophy has been awarded 48 times to 42 players since the 1964–65 NHL season. Each year, at the conclusion of the final game of the Stanley Cup Finals, members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association vote to elect the player deserving of the trophy. Unlike the playoff MVP awards presented for the Super Bowl, NBA Finals or World Series, the Conn Smythe is based on the entire NHL postseason instead of just the championship game or series. Thus it makes it slightly more possible that a player on a team who loses in the Stanley Cup Finals could win the Conn Smythe.

With seven exceptions, the winners of the Conn Smythe Trophy have all been Canadian. The seven non-Canadian winners are Americans Brian Leetch, who won it in 1994, Tim Thomas in 2011, Jonathan Quick in 2012, and Patrick Kane in 2013 (making it three straight wins by American players); Russian Evgeni Malkin, who won it in 2009; and Swedes Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg, who won it in 2002 and 2008, respectively.

There won’t be a repeat winner because the Kings’ Justin Williams won it in 2014 and Los Angeles didn’t make the 2015 playoffs. The last goalie to win it was the Kings’ Quick in 2012. The last player on a team to win whose team didn’t win the Cup was the Ducks’ netminder Jean-Sebastien Giguere in 2003.

Dubynk, Really?

The second favorite is a surprise because it’s Minnesota goalie Devan Dubnyk at 14/1. He has been incredible since debuting with the Wild on Jan. 15 in a trade with Arizona. The Wild have the best record in the NHL since then but they aren’t even favored to beat the Blues in the first round.

Next is Montreal goalie Carey Price (15/1), who probably wins the Vezina Trophy as the best goalie in the regular season. The Olympic gold medalist ended the regular season leading the league in wins (setting a Habs franchise record with 44), goals-against average (1.96) and save percentage (.933). He is, by any measure, the best goalie in the NHL right now.

Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf is the top forward option at 16/1, followed by Predators goalie Pekka Rinne at 18/1, Blue goalie Jake Allen at 20/1, Rangers forward Rick Nash at 20/1 and Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby at 20/1. In a moderate surprise, the top Chicago candidate is only 25/1 and that’s goalie Corey Crawford. Former Conn Smythe winners Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane of the Hawks are also 25/1. Hall of Famers Bobby Orr, Bernie Parent, Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux are the only players to have won the Trophy twice.

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