This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.
This week's article includes Hall leading the way in New Jersey, a new No. 1 netminder in Philly, Bergeron sidelined and a significant hole in the crease in St. Louis.
First Liners (Risers)
Ryan Getzlaf, C, ANA – Getzlaf has had an injury-plagued and inconsistent year, but he has been red-hot lately. Anaheim's captain potted a goal and added three assists to give the 32-year old pivot two goals and seven points in his last four games. The first-line center is now sitting at 42 points (nine goals) through 40 contests this season. While his year-end production will likely be well below his output of past four seasons, Getzlaf is still a weapon as he looks to carry the Ducks back to the playoffs.
Eric Staal, C, MIN – Staal's production Tuesday against the Blues extended his mini-point streak to five games, but that only tells part of the story. Staal has marked the scoresheet in 15 of his past 18 games for 14 goals, 13 assists and eight power-play points, notching a hat trick and a pair of assists Tuesday. Last season was thought to be Staal's renaissance after a poor 2015-16 campaign. The second overall pick in 2003 is on pace to far exceed the 28 goals and 37 assists he posted last season, having notched 33 and 31 in 63 games.