Or, if you prefer, Like The Oscars, Except The Nominees Can Kick Your Ass. (Just ignore the Lady Byng and run with it, please?)
And, thanks to the NHL announcing one award per day, I have another running thread to carry for a week. I’ll move the previously announced awards below the jump.
Before I forget again, here are the statistical awards:
- Jennings Trophy (Goalies, Team Goals Against): Dominik Hasek and Chris Osgood, Detroit Red Wings (2.18 GA/G)
- Richard Trophy (Goals): Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (65 G)
- Ross Trophy (Points): Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (65 G, 47 A, 112 Pts)
- Niklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals
- Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
- Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
This is going to be really tough to call. Toews and Kane could split so many votes that Backstrom sneaks into the award as a unanimous #2. Toews has the most talent of the three, but games missed to a knee injury held his stats down. Kane led the Blackhawks and all rookies in scoring. Backstrom was strong, but there might be a bit of an “Ovechkin’s sidekick” stigma to hold him down.
Prediction: Kane. When in doubt, go with the numbers.
- Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
- Niklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
- Dion Phaneuf, Calgary Flames
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Invent a Lifetime Achievement award for Lidstrom, and let somebody else win the Norris sometime.
And add me to the chorus of yinzers howling, “Gonchar was robbed!”
Prediction: Lidstrom. Set your watch to it.
- Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
- Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
- Evgeni Nabokov, San Jose Sharks
This is quite the interesting race. Brodeur has the history: Three wins in eight previous nominations, very good numbers this year, and he reached the 500 win milestone. Lundqvist is in the right place at the right time: A league-leading ten shutouts, impressive stats behind an average defense, and maybe some third-time’s-a-charm magic. Nabokov has a good argument for MVP: With no reliable backup, Nabby started 43 consecutive games to start the season, and finished with 46 wins.
Prediction: Lundqvist. I have a feeling Brodeur Fatigue and East Coast Bias will align for King Henrik.