If there was any shred of suspense over who will win the Hart Trophy, it was eliminated today when the finalists were announced. The Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin, Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos and New York Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist are headed to Las Vegas, but there should be little doubt now that Malkin will go home with the hardware.
Stamkos and the Lightning didn't make the playoffs, which considerably hurts his case, and goalies like Lundqvist face an uphill fight to win the Hart. There might not be much suspense when Malkin wins, but the surprise came today when some notable names were left off the list of finalists.
These three are the biggest Hart Trophy snubs:
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