NHL Championship picks are usual a lot tougher at this point during the Stanley Cup Finals, but with the Pittsburgh Penguins one game away from their first Cup since 2009 it looks like a done deal. They’ve outplayed a talented San Jose Sharks team and have gotten production from their entire lineup. But if they clinch the Cup in Game 5 on Thursday, who should be the playoff MVP? Let’s take a look at the top four candidates
Hockey Betting Picks – Phil Kessel
Phil Kessel leads Pittsburgh in goals (10) and points (21). He’s scored big goals in each round and assisted on two goals last night to help the Pens take a 3-1 series lead. He’s been consistent during the whole playoffs, with 6 points in each round and 3 so far in the finals. He is the current lead dog, or should I say penguin, in the MVP race.
Conn Smythe NHL Championship Picks – Matt Murray
Matt Murray has as meager 2.09 GAA and a sparkling .925 save percentage in the race for the Stanley Cup- and he’s never lost more than 2 games in a row in his professional career. He’s held the Sharks to 7 goals in 4 games in the final, and was arguably the team’s best player in their upset win over the Washington Capitals. His 14 wins leads the postseason. All these stats are fancy ways of saying if Kessel doesn’t win the Conn Smythe, Murray is most likely the guy to steal it.
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Nick Bonino’s 17 points sits 2nd on the team and he’s scored huge goals, including multiple OT winners, to help the Pens get within a game of the Cup. He’s centered the HBK line (Hagelin/Bonino/Kessel), which has the been the league’s best since March. He probably won’t have a strong enough case to win the award over Kessel or Murray, but his play has put him in the discussion and it is well deserved.
Bet On Conn Smythe – Sydney Crosby
Sidney Crosby’s best chance at winning it is the fact the media wants a perfect story to cap off this championship run. While he’s been strong, he’s not leading the team in any offensive category and has yet to score in the Cup final. He’s been great on the draw and he has 2 assists so far in 4 games for the Pens, but his only shot at winning the MVP is primarily through name value.
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