This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.
This week's article includes a hot center in the Windy City, Bryan scraping off the Rust in the Steel City, Bobby Lu back for the Cats and the King in need of a better court on Broadway.
First Liners (Risers)
Matt Duchene, C, OTT - Duchene continued his recent fine play, notching a goal and assist Saturday in Ottawa's win against the Rangers. The Senators made what they thought was a deal to put the team over the top, acquiring Duchene, but that hasn't panned out as expected. However, Duchene seems to finally found his footing in Canada's capital, notching 21 points in his last 20 games since the calendar flipped to 2017. In 43 games as a Senator, Duchene has 27 points with a noted, much of that production coming recently.
Jonathan Toews, C, CHI - Toews' season has been marked by pockets of subpar production, but he seems to have found his game recently. Chicago's captain has come alive since the end of January with two goals and nine points in his last 12 games. Toews tallied 58 points the last two seasons, preceded by 66 and 68 the prior two campaigns, and is on pace this year for something between the high and low outputs.
Reilly Smith, RW, LV - Either Smith or Jonathan Marchessault could have earned this spot, not just for this week but possibly the entire season. Both came from Florida as part of the expansion draft, as Vegas GM George