This week’s discussion between Score anchor Steve Kouleas and Puck Daddy blogger Greg Wyshynski hits on some of the early playoff returns, and on the question of which player is most deserving of the Hart Trophy as league MVP.
I didn’t think any of the game one stuff was truly shocking; I was surprised to see so many favourites lose game one but aside from that it’s hard to get too riled up about a single game. I agree with both Kouleas and Wyshynski on the Wings coming back to win the series with Phoenix, and I agree that if a big upset is going to happen it will be in the Devils/Flyers series.
I didn’t agree with Kouleas’ comment on shootout numbers; frankly, I don’t think they’re all that relevant in the Hart debate but I did agree with him that as fans we tend to overvalue goaltenders a little bit. That said, Ryan Miller’s definitely in the Hart race, which I see as a four-way battle between Miller, Henrik Sedin, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. I keep flip-flopping on this, since there’s good arguments for all four, but for me it’s between Sedin and Miller, with all due respect to Crosby and Ovechkin who both had phenomenal seasons.
I’d probably pick Sedin at this point, given how much more difficult it is to score in the West, but there are obviously valid arguments for all of the players named above (and perhaps for one or two others, like Ilya Bryzgalov, as well).