The other finalists are Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild. It marks the first time for all three that they are finalists for the award, which was won last year by Ottawa’s Eric Karlsson, who missed most of this season with an Achilles injury.
Subban and Letang were the highest-scoring defenceman in the league this season, both accumulating 38 points. Subban had 11-27-38 totals in 42 games to go along with a plus-12, while Letang had 5-33-38 totals in 35 games and was plus-16. Suter was just behind them with 4-28-32 totals in 48 games and was plus-2.
Suter led the three in average ice time at 27:16, followed by Letang at 25:38 and Subban at 23:14.
The news comes a day after the Canadiens’ Brendan Gallagher was named a finalist for the Calder Trophy, which goes to the NHL’s top rookie.
The Canadiens held an optional skate at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Ottawa as they prepare for Game 4 of their first-round playoff series against the Senators (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690). Twenty-two players took part in the morning skate, with Max Pacioretty, Ryan White and Rene Bourque the only ones who didn’t skate.
After the skate, the Canadiens announced that Brian Gionta and Ryan White (upper-body injuries) will not be in the lineup for Game 4.
Carey Price will start in goal.
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