Study the statistics, evaluate the experience.

When determining where Corey Crawford ranks on a list of potential Western Conference playoff goalies, strong evidence suggests the Blackhawks' nice guy would finish last.

I asked Crawford how he felt about that Tuesday and was pleasantly surprised he didn't use his blocker to deflect my question — or my forehead.

"They can rank goalies however they want,'' Crawford said calmly at Johnny's IceHouse. "Even if I was ranked No. 1, it doesn't matter. That's for you guys to gossip about. When it comes down to this time of year, it's always about the next game.''