This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.
This week's article includes a cold center in the Desert, a hot Flame, a rookie D-man in the winged wheel, the Windy City netminder back in action and the Bob slumping in Columbus.
First Liners (Risers)
Jack Eichel, C, BUF - Eichel notched three apples Saturday, as the Sabres' top line of Eichel, Jeff Skinner and Jason Pominville combined for nine points in a victory against the Kings. The 21-year-old center now has nine points (three goals, six assists) in nine games to begin the season after tallying 64 points in 67 games in his third campaign last year. With Rasmus Dahlin and additional talent imported this offseason, Eichel should have a career season in Buffalo.
Timo Meier, LW, SJ - Meier extended his point streak to five games with an assist Saturday. In that stretch, Meier has posted three goals, five points and a plus-6 rating and now has four goals and two assists this season. Meier notched 21 goals and 15 assists in his first full season last year and appears likely to blow past those numbers this year. Skating on the second line with Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl, Meier is seeing two more minutes of ice time this season, with more than half of that rise coming with increased action on the power play.
Mark Stone, RW, OTT - Stone doubled his season output, tallying a pair of goals and an assist Saturday. With all the changes in Ottawa this offseason, Stone