Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy feels that as the NHL enters the final month and a half of the regular season, the Hart Trophy race is down to Henrik Lundqvist and Evgeni Malkin with Lundqvist as the front runner…
“The last two modern goaltenders to win the MVP — Hasek and Jose Theodore — posted numbers that were tremendous for backstops, but should Lundqvist keep up his pace over the Rangers’ final 26 games, he’ll blow their stats out of the water.
Here are the Hart Trophy-winning stats of Hasek and Theodore:
1996-97 37 wins, 2.27 GAA, .930 SV%, 5 SO
1997-98 33 wins, 2.09 GAA, .932 SV%, 13 SO
2001-02 30 wins, 2.11 GAA, .931 SV%, 7 SO”
Lundqvist has 28 wins, a 1.77 goals-against average, .941 save-percentage, and seven shutouts this season.
…to me the most amazing thing about this Hart Trophy talk is that Jose Theodore actually won it.
…in all seriousness, if Hank can keep this up I don’t care how many points Malkin puts up the Rangers netminder should be the runaway winner.