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20 Hart Trophy Candidates

By Mike Brennan
Jan 17, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) scores a goal on Montreal Canadiens goalie Ben Scrivens (40) during the third period at the United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 17, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) scores a goal on Montreal Canadiens goalie Ben Scrivens (40) during the third period at the United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 23, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo (1) prepares for a shot in the first period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Duyos-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 7: Roberto Luongo, G, Florida Panthers

Isn’t it interesting how good both Schneider and Luongo are playing, and that they were both with the Vancouver Canucks not long ago? That organization was run by some real idiots.

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While Schneider could help his team sneak into the playoffs, Luongo has the Panthers leading their division. It’s a shock, to be sure, though a 12-game win streak will help any team’s division aspirations (right, Blackhawks?). Luongo is pretty much in the same boat as Schneider, with the top point earner on his team boasting just 34 (Jonathan Huberdeau). So Bobby Lu has to do the heavy lifting, and boy has he.

It’s a little more impressive when you consider Schneider should be getting close to or should be in his prime. Luongo is 36 years old. He should be slowly losing his grip on the starting job while transitioning to spot starts, especially considering how he was abused by the Canucks for a few seasons. But here’s Luongo, right in the thick of the Hart and Vezina conversations behind a .930 save percentage, 2.11 goals-against average and four shutouts. Luongo has also seen the fifth-most rubber in the league. The Panthers certainly don’t seem to want to help him much, huh?

Luckily for them, he seems determined to drag them into the playoffs. It’d be good for a top-seven finish in Hart Trophy voting.

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