Conn Smythe: Quick takes lead
Kings goaltender is poised to become back-to-back playoff MVP
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Each year, the NHL awards the Conn Smythe Trophy to the most valuable player during the Stanley Cup playoffs. And each year since 2010, Hockey Prospectus' GVT metric has been able to accurately forecast the award winner. With two rounds of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs in the books, who holds the early lead in the postseason MVP race?
On the strength of leading his team to the Western Conference finals while posting stellar numbers -- including a .948 save percentage and 1.50 goals-against average in 13 playoff games -- Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick vaults to the top of the Conn Smythe watch.