Odds are Vancouver's Ryan Kesler will walk away with the Frank J. Selke Trophy at tonight's NHL Awards, ending Pavel Datsyuk's reign.

But it speaks to Datsyuk's dominance as a top defensive forward that he is even a finalist after he played only two-thirds of the season.

"It's amazing that he can still be a Selke nominee," Nicklas Lidstrom said Tuesday. "But I see him every day in practice and know how good he is, and it's great to see him get the recognition."

Datsyuk had 59 points and was plus-11 in 56 games. Kesler, of Livonia, had 73 points and was plus-24 in 82 games, while Jonathan Toews had 76 points and was plus-25 in 80 games for the Blackhawks. Toews led the group with 93 takeaways, but Datsyuk is second with 71. Kesler has 65.

Datsyuk, 32, has taken home the Selke three years running. As much as he dazzles once he has the puck, he's equally deft when robbing it from opposing forwards.