No. 3: Why Don’t People Like Corey Crawford?
So Crow pretty much carried his (literally) defenseless team through large stretches of the 2015-16 season (along with the Artemi Panarin–Artem Anisimov–Patrick Kane line), and he was essentially ignored for it.
Crow posted a league-best seven regular-season shutouts and tied for fourth in the league with 35 wins despite missing close to a month due to injury. He still managed to make 58 starts, putting him close to the league leaders despite, again, missing close to a month of time.
His .924 save percentage was second among guys with 41 or more starts last season, and he did this while facing the 10th-most shots in the league, which, AGAIN, came while missing about a month of playing time.
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Sure, his 2016 postseason performance wasn’t world-shattering (.907/2.54), but the team probably wouldn’t have even made the playoffs without Crow in net.
So how does the league reward this effort? By not putting him in the All-Star Game due to wanting to make sure no one (except John Scott and his family) had their feelings hurt. Pekka Rinne the Devan Dubnyk were summarily torched in that game.
Crow was further rewarded for his team-carrying play by receiving a fifth-place finish in the Vezina Trophy voting. Fifth. Right.
Crow has been at it again this season, pretty much dragging Chicago through a lot of games. His even-strength percentage was absolutely obscene early this season, hovering around .950 for a while. His overall save percentage right now is a cool .927. Just give the guy some love, please.