LAS VEGAS — There is a subtle difference between the Hart Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award.
The Hart, voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, is for the NHL's most valuable player. The Lindsay, formerly the Pearson Award, is voted by the players for the most outstanding player.
Lightning C Steven Stamkos is up for the Lindsay. Tampa Bay W Marty St. Louis is up for the Hart. The winners will be announced at tonight's NHL awards show at the Palms Hotel.
"Both awards players take a lot of pride in," Stamkos said.
But if St. Louis had to pick one to win, it would be the Lindsay.
"To me that's the biggest one," he said. "The Hart is still a big award, don't get me wrong. But (the Lindsay) is the one that is voted by the guys you play against. There couldn't be more respect thrown your way if you're nominated."
St. Louis, 36, who won both awards in 2004, called himself the "dark horse" for the Hart this year despite finishing second in the league with 99 points. He is up against Ducks RW Corey Perry, the NHL's only 50-goal scorer this season, and Canucks LW Daniel Sedin, who had a league-best 104 points.
Sedin and Perry also are finalists with Stamkos for the Lindsay.
"It's something I wasn't really expecting," said Stamkos, 21, who had 45 goals but just five in his final 28 games. "It was a little surprising, but I'll definitely take it. It's something I'll remember for a long time."
MORE AWARDS: St. Louis is also up for the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship, which he won in 2010. Stars LW Loui Eriksson and Red Wings D Nicklas Lidstrom also are finalists. … Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman is a finalist for executive of the year with the Canucks' Mike Gillis and the Predators' Dave Poile.
HOW IS WAYNE FLEMING? The Lightning assistant coach still is in a California hospital getting radiation and chemotherapy treatments for brain cancer. He is making what Yzerman called "slow but steady" progress."
ODDS AND ENDS: The Lightning added Brad Whelen as an amateur scout. Whelen was the top scout for Calgary of the junior Western league. He is Tampa Bay's third recent scouting hire. … Former Lightning captain Tim Taylor took a player-development job with the Blues.