It's become almost a 50-50 proposition.
Those two recent winners give the goaltending position even more weight when considering the award.
Voters tend to look first at goaltenders, especially with save percentages on the rise and standout saves burning brightly in their memory.
However, there's no guarantee that a goaltender will once again walk away with the trophy this year.
Here's our ranking of the top candidates for this year's Conn Smythe Award after the first round of the playoffs.