With less than a month to go in the regular season, NHL teams are pushing for the playoffs and players are making their final cases for the awards ballots. Among all the awards, there is no bigger debate every year than the one around the Hart Trophy for league MVP.

The Hart goes “to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team,” according to the NHL, but the professional writers who vote on it interpret that in many different ways. For some, a player can’t win MVP if his team misses the playoffs. For others, a great player on a team with lots of great players is less deserving because of it.

While a lot can change in the final weeks of the season, here is where the MVP race currently stands.

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