While Brad Marchand might be gaining a great deal of momentum in the Hart Trophy conversation, the Bruins Little Ball of Hart isn’t going to let it enter into his thinking in the heat of a playoff race.

Marchand is second in the NHL for the overall scoring lead just a point (79) behind Connor McDavid’s 80 points this season, and is tied with Sidney Crosby the goal-scoring title at 37 goals apiece with roughly a month to go in the season. That doesn’t even mention the team-leading seven game-winning goals, the three short-handed goals or the many different ways that an agitating, physical winger like Marchand can impact games on a night-to-night basis.

All of that has combined to elevate his profile this season after starring for Team Canada in the World Cup and his first All-Star berth, but it remains to be seen if any voters will hold his past suspension-worthy transgressions against him.

So whether or not he’s the squeaky clean, golden boy image of a Hart candidate that Crosby or McDavid are, Marchand is in the conversation with those two as well as Brent Burns, Evgeni Malkin, Erik Karlsson and perhaps even Patrick Kane. Clearly the Nose Face Killah will need to finish up strong to keep that conversation going, and that should be doable as the Bruins fight for their very lives in the final few weeks of the season.

Just don’t expect Marchand to show much concern for the individual award when bigger teams are on the horizon, like the Bruins making the playoffs for the first time in three years.