At this point, with potentially just one more game remaining in the 2014 NHL playoffs, about the only thing you can be fairly certain of in contention for the Conn Smythe Trophy is that it will be a member of the Los Angeles Kings taking it home.
With a win on Wednesday, the Kings can sweep the Stanley Cup final.
No fewer than three members of the Western Conference champions are running neck and neck (and neck) at the forefront, but you could argue the case for at least a couple more for consideration—maybe even a half-dozen if you overlook some statistics in favor of stellar play in the finals.
For those who love to look at the numbers, there are plenty of candidates. You’ve got the points leader, the goal-scoring guru, a couple of savvy veterans and the ultimate defenseman all in the mix.
They each bring something different to the table and have helped the Kings overcome massive obstacles.
Click ahead to see where they fall heading into Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final.