Each series of the Second Round has officially played at least one game, with two more Game Two’s tonight between Boston, and Tampa Bay, and Vegas, and Vancouver.
Here are my favorites from each of the eight remaining teams as of right now to win the Conn Smythe.
Philadelphia Flyers: Carter Hart
Twenty-two year old Goalie Carter Hart has been instrumental for Philadelphia’s playoff run thus far.
In nine games played Hart has recorded a save percentage of .938, a goals against average of 1.86, and two shutouts on 258 shots faced.
The Flyers are currently playing the Islanders in the second round but fell to New York 4-0 last night in Game One as the Islanders tallied three third period goals.
Hart will look to continue his incredible playoff debut as this is just the first playoff run for the young talented goalie.
Tampa Bay Lightning: Brayden Point
Center Brayden Point has made a name for himself this playoffs recording five goals, and six assists for eleven points in nine games.
Five of those goals were game winning goals as well, including the series winning goal against Columbus in the First Round.
The twenty-four year old Forward does have his work cut out for him missing teammate Steven Stamkos due to injury, and the Lightning currently down 1-0 to Boston with Game Two tonight at 7:00 ET.
Boston Bruins: Patrice Bergeron
Four time Selke Trophy winner Patrice Bergeron has brought his A game this playoffs, helping the Bruins get past the Hurricanes in the First Round, and taking down Tampa Bay 3-2 in Game One of the Second Round.
Bergeron, 35, has two goals, and five assists for seven points.
Both of those goals were game winning goals, one even being on a power play.
For Boston to keep rolling their top line of Bergeron, Marchand, and Pastrnak needs to keep tallying goals, along with depth players such as DeBrusk, and Coyle doing their part.
New York Islanders: Semyon Varlamov
Unlike Carter Hart in Philadelphia, Semyon Varlamov in New York is not young, 32 to be exact, however is playing extremely well and helping the Islanders surprise a lot of people, defeating the Capitals in the First Round, and Philadelphia in Game One last night 4-0 earning his second shutout of the playoffs.
In ten games played Varlamov has won eight games, recording a save percentage of .941, and a goals against average of 1.50.
If Varlamov continues this play and New York only needs to score two goals on average a game, do not be surprised if you see the Islanders advance not only past this round, but even to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Vegas Golden Knights: Mark Stone
As expected Vegas is one of the favorites to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals from the Western Conference; Mark Stone is certainly doing his part.
In nine games this playoffs, Stone has recorded five goals, and five assists for ten points, along with a plus-3 plus-minus.
Vegas defeated Vancouver 5-0 in the first game of the Second Round where Stone recorded a goal, and an assist.
Colorado Avalanche: Nathan MacKinnon
Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon currently is on fire for the Avalanche despite them losing Game One, and Game Two against Dallas this round.
In ten games played thus far, the twenty-four year old Center has recorded seven goals, and eleven assists for 18 points, along with a plus-eight plus-minus.
MacKinnon has even put 47 shots on net, however he may have to do even more than that as Dallas has dominated the Avalanche not only physically, but on the score board.
Through just two games Dallas has outhit Colorado 108-70, and out scored them 10-5.
Dallas Stars: Miro Heiskanen
There is nothing more exciting than watching a young Defenseman take over the playoffs.
At just twenty-one years old Defenseman Miro Heiskanen has recorded three goals, and eleven assists for 14 points, and a plus-six plus-minus.
To be exact Heiskanen is recording 1.27 points per game.
Up 2-0 against Colorado in the Second Round, the Stars very well make a run for the Stanley Cup if they get past the Avalanche.
Vancouver Canucks: Elias Pettersson
Like Heiskanen, Pettersson is just twenty-one, and playing a key role in the Canucks run thus far to the Second Round, recording four goals, and nine assists in eleven games this playoffs.
Three of those goals coming on the power play as the Canucks have defeated Minnesota in the Qualifying Round, and St. Louis in the First Round.
Vancouver certainly has their work cut out for them this round as they are taking on number one seeded Vegas in the a Second Round.
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