Tom Awad of Hockey Prospectus ranks the top players based on their performance in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist takes the top spot, with Conn Smythe winner Justin Williams and others on his tail.
The New York Rangers, just one win from advancing to the Stanley Cup finals, may receive an extra boost from the return of forward Derek Stepan for Game 5 against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price did not participate in the team's optional practice on Sunday, throwing his status into doubt for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Rangers.
Chris Kreider made his much-anticipated return to the New York Rangers' lineup in the team's 4-2 loss in Game 4 of its second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.