by PuckStopsHere on 03/19/12 at 07:41 PM ET
In January I picked Evgeni Malkin as the MVP so far this season. In February, Henrik Lundqvist took the MVP lead. I am back to picking Malkin as MVP. When I picked Lundqvist he was posting a .940 saves percentage and a 1.78 GAA. Those numbers have fallen to a .934 saves percentage and 1.89 GAA. While those are still Vezina Trophy numbers they are not good enough to be MVP. Lundqvist isn’t dominant enough versus the other goaltenders in the game. Malkin is the NHL’s top scorer with 88 points. He is second on his team with a +15 +/- rating. He has done this while only playing 64 of his team’s 71 games. This puts him second in points per game in the league behind teammate Sidney Crosby (who has been limited to 11 games played) and significantly ahead of anyone else. Evgeni Malkin is the current MVP at this point in the season.
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