This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.
This week's edition includes a word on the Rangers' top cat, a buy-low candidate for one of the Blackhawks' most-hyped prospects, the moving parts in the Panthers' lineup due to injuries to key players and a fall from grace from a player who figured to be part of the Flyers' long-term core.
First Line (Risers)
Adam Fox, D, NYR – Since his scoring streak began March 17, Fox has scored 14 points in seven games, nearly double the eight points Cale Makar and Tyson Barrie have collected during that span. There's no doubt that he's the Rangers' best defenseman by far, and his point streak has also coincided with an offensive awakening from Mika Zibanejad, who torched the Flyers with two six-point games. Obviously, Fox's pace is unsustainable, but it should be noted that, according to Natural Stat Trick, the spread between his GF and xGF of 2.83 at 5v5 since March 17 is significantly smaller than Makar's 4.11 and Barrie's 6.32, suggesting that it's more likely Barrie or Makar take a significant step back in production relative to Fox.
Sean Couturier, C, PHI – OK, so the Flyers are losing games, but that's because their defense and goaltending have been absolutely porous. Couturier is a strong two-way center, but there's only so much he can do. Offensively, however, he seems to have found another gear, and after flirting with point-per-game status the last three seasons, he is averaging a career-high 1.13 points per game. He's been