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Stanley Cup odds: Lundqvist Conn Smythe favorite; best prop bet ever?

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Henrik Lundqvist is a favorite entering the Final for playoff MVP. (Getty Images)
Henrik Lundqvist is a favorite entering the Final for playoff MVP. (Getty Images)

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With the Rangers and Kings setting their dates for the Stanley Cup Final, the Conn Smythe potential pool has been trimmed to just those two teams because we all know a player from a team that doesn't make the Final won't win.

The good news is that there is no shortage of candidates, especially from the Kings. There are multiple players on that team who have had just oustanding postseasons and will be in the conversation until the end.

Yet it's a Ranger who tops the Conn Smythe odds from the odds-makers at Bovada.

Henrik Lundqvist (NYR) -- 5-2
Anze Kopitar (LAK) -- 4-1
Drew Doughty (LAK) -- 4-1
Jonathan Quick (LAK) -- 11-2
Martin St Louis (NYR) -- 7-1
Marian Gaborik (LAK) -- 7-1
Jeff Carter (LAK) -- 8-1
Derek Stepan (NYR) -- 30-1
Justin Williams (LAK) -- 30-1
Brad Richards (NYR) -- 30-1
Ryan McDonagh (NYR) -- 30-1
Rick Nash (NYR) -- 50-1
Mike Richards (LAK) -- 50-1
Dustin Brown (LAK) -- 50-1
Tyler Toffoli (LAK) -- 50-1

Right now it's anybody's trophy at the top of that list. Lundqvist has been stellar, the biggest reason why the Rangers are still alive in these playoffs while Doughty has been a monster and arguably the best player in the postseason.

Then you have Anze Kopitar who leads the postseason with 24 points, followed closely by Jeff Carter's 22 points. Or there is former Ranger Marian Gaborik with his 12 goals, more than he had all regular season.

But that's all a distraction to perhaps the best prop bet you will ever see. There are always a few oddities in the odds but this one, well, it's pretty great and is actually an interesting line.

Will either the New York Post or New York Daily News use the following headline during the Stanley Cup Finals "The Kings of New York"

Yes -- 3-1
No -- 1-5

It's more than cliche but that headline really is begging to be written. Of course now that it's out there, the Post and Daily News could just refrain from the urge to use the headline.

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