Conn Smythe watch: Tracking the MVP favorites throughout the final

This is it, the Stanley Cup Final.

Over the next week or so, either the Tampa Bay Lightning or the Dallas Stars will be crowned champions, but before that a player will earn the title of playoff MVP, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy.Both teams have a few favorites worthy of being named playoff MVP, and after each game we will look at each player’s key stats — handicapping them with regard to how they’ve played to date, how they stack up to the field and what they’ve done for us lately in the latest game.

Here’s how the MVP favorites look for each team after an impressive Game 1 victory by the Stars to take a 1-0 lead over the Lightning in the best-of-seven series.

If the Stars win the Cup …

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