NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers
NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers

This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.

This week's article includes the No. 1 pivotman in San Jose staying hot, a budding young winger in the U.S. capital, an unsung blueliner in Colorado, a backup netminder holding down the fort in Minnesota, Werenski down a month and Pittsburgh's goalie scuffling.

First Liners (Risers)

Logan Couture, C, SJ – Couture got off to a slow start in lighting the lamp, but he has rectified that weakness recently. His two markers Saturday gave San Jose's first-line center six lamplighters in his last six games — aided by a regression up to close to the mean in his shooting percentage — and eight overall on the season. Add in 20 assists and Couture is scoring a point-per-game after scoring a career-high 70 points last season.

John Tavares, C, TOR – Toronto's change in coaches from Mike Babcock to Sheldon Keefe has resulted in an uptick in Tavares' output. Whether due to causation or correlation, JT has six points, including four goals; in his last three games and his goal Saturday was the game winner. After posting a career-high 88 points his first season up North last year, Tavares is up to 20 points in 21 games despite missing seven games with a broken finger. 

J.T. Miller, LW, VAN – Miller just continues to roll for the Orcas. His assist Saturday gave Miller four goals and three helpers in his last five games, including four power-play points and one while shorthanded. Miller's posted 27 points in as many

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Jan Levine
Levine covers baseball and hockey for RotoWire. He is responsible for the weekly NL FAAB column for baseball and the Barometer for hockey. In addition to his column writing, he is master of the NHL cheat sheets. In his spare time, he roots for the Mets and Rangers.
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