This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.
This week's article includes the modern day version of the Rat, a veteran rookie for the Buds, a true rookie rolling for the Avalanche, a hot goalie in Carolina, the Blues suffer a major loss, concerns over Zib and a slumping netminder in the Windy City.
First Liners (Risers)
Eric Staal, C, MIN – After a slow start with just one assist in his first seven games, Staal has woken up lately. He's racked up three goals and two assists in his last four games. Staal had 22 goals last season and is just two years removed from a 42-goal campaign, in which he tallied 76 points, so it's not out of the question that the 34-year-old still has a few goals left in his stick. But his value entering the season was down following a decline to 52 points last season and his slow start might mean he is available in shallow leagues.
Brad Marchand, LW, BOS – Marchand is owned in every format, but his hot streak still lands him in the risers side of the ledger. His pair of goals and three assists Sunday stretched his point streak to 10 games, during which he has seven goals and 13 helpers. After hitting the century mark for the first time last season, Marchand is on an early pace to far exceed that total. Boston goes as Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Pastrnak go, and that trio has shown no signs of slowing.
Ilya Mikheyev, RW,