NHL Playoffs 2012: Five Most Valuable L.A. Kings Not Named Jonathan Quick

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NHL Playoffs 2012: Five Most Valuable L.A. Kings Not Named Jonathan Quick
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The leader among eligible goaltenders in goals-against average (1.46) and save percentage (.948), Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has been quintessentially consistent in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

He has been consistently stingy with two shutouts, four one-goal outings, six two-goal tabs and only a solitary three-goal night. He has yet to log a single-game save percentage lower than .900 and has finished at .923 or better in that slot in 10 out of 13 games.

Points taken. Quick deserves every ounce of credit he has absorbed in the process of pushing the eighth-seeded Kings to within one win of a spot in the Stanley Cup final.

If everything continues to trend as it has since April 11, Quick ought to remain the front-running candidate for the Conn Smythe Trophy if (and only if) the Kings corral the Cup.

But naturally, none of that is settled yet. Assuming Los Angeles utilizes one of its next three opportunities to polish off the Phoenix Coyotes, Quick will realistically remain in the Smythe pool. Odds are he will not get to 16 playoff wins in a fashion differing from how he reached 11.

Still, the five remaining requisite wins leave room for a handful of skaters to elevate their own postseason transcript. At least one other King deserves arguably equal Conn Smythe consideration as it is, and another four have enough to build upon after 13 games.

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