This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.
This week's article includes Calgary's top center, the Kings' captain, Dumba's "replacement" driving the Wild attack, Pettersson not sidelined as long as originally thought and The King looking to regain his crown.
First Liners (Risers)
Sean Monahan, C, CGY – Monahan extended his point streak Monday to five games and 11 points with a goal and an assist. Those 11 points give Monahan 54 in 44 games, just 10 from his career mark of 64 set last season in 74 contests. The trio of Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Elias Lindholm has powered the Flames into playoff contention and has become one of the more dominant lines in hockey.
Dylan Larkin, C, DET – Larkin sealed Detroit's win Friday with an empty-net marker, his 18th of the season. He now has reached 41 points (18 goals, 23 assists) for the 2018-19 campaign after posting 16 goals and 47 points in his breakthrough campaign last year. Larkin scored a career-high 22 as a rookie and is on pace to far exceed that total this year. With 41 points in 44 games, Larkin is close to a point-per-game pace as the leader of the Detroit attack.
Jake DeBrusk, LW, BOS – DeBrusk has three goals and an assist in the five games since his return to action following a nine-game absence. Selected No. 14 overall in 2015, DeBrusk tallied 16 goals and 27 assists in 70 games before suffering a shoulder injury. DeBrusk is up 16 points in 33 games