Kopitar is a finalist for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports. The Lady Byng is an annual award handed out "to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability." Loui Eriksson of the Bruins and Aleksander Barkov of the Panthers are also in contention for the hardware. Jiri Hudler earned the honor last season as a member of the Flames. Kopitar could do well quite well at the awards ceremony in Las Vegas on June 22, as he's also up for the Selke trophy for best defensive forward.
Kopitar is a finalist for the Selke Trophy, awarded to the best defensive forward, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports. According to the old adage, death and taxes are the two guarantees in life, but a Kopitar Selke nomination just might qualify as the third certainty. He's now been named a finalist for three consecutive years, though he still hasn't taken home the hardware in his career. This time around, he'll have to beat out Boston's Patrice Bergeron (last year's winner), and Ryan Kesler of the Ducks. Two-way players like Kopitar come at a premium in fantasy drafts, but Kopitar is a consistent stat-stuffer who should once again command a high draft pick next season.
Kopitar tallied a pair of helpers and a plus-1 rating in Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Flames. Kopitar has been in a bit of a slump of late, as he has yet to find the back of the net in his last six outings and only has one goal in his last 10 games. Prior to this slump, he had racked up six goals in eight games. His two assists in this game does put him at 72 points on the season, though, which means he's just five points away from having his most productive season since 2011-12.
Kopitar scored the lone goal for Los Angeles on the power play in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Jets. Kopitar has been excellent in March, notching points in 10 of 12 outings -- seven markers and eight helpers. The center can do no wrong on the first line, sitting at plus-30 on the year and smelling the sixth 70-point campaign of his spectacular career. The 28-year-old sports 68 to date and remains a must-start across the board.
Kopitar assisted on both of his club's goals in Monday's 5-2 loss to the Predators. That's now six straight with a point for Kopitar, including three multi-point efforts. Time may be running out for him to match his career-best 81 points, but he sits just three points away from eclipsing the 70-point plateau for the sixth time.
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