NHL Barometer: No More Malkin
NHL Barometer: No More Malkin

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ROTOWIRE BAROMETER
By Jan Levine, RotoWire Hockey Writer

This week's article includes a Bruins center still on a roll, a rookie defenseman getting better as year goes on, the injury list will several big names coming on and off and the Buff looking not so much.

Also, happy birthday to my daughter Mia, who turns 10 on Sunday.

First Liners (Risers)

Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS - I profiled Bergeron a few weeks ago, but his recent play deserves another mention. Bergeron scored two goals in the first period Thursday against Dallas, then added a late assist on Brad Marchand's empty-netter. Bergeron, the NHL's first star for the month of January, is off to a fine start to February, scoring in each of the first two games of the month. In fact, he's been crazy hot since mid-December; since Dec. 16, Bergeron has 29 points in 23 games. With Marc Savard possibly lost for the year, look for

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jan Levine
Levine covers baseball, basketball and hockey for RotoWire. In addition to his column writing, he's the master of the MLB and NHL cheatsheets. In his spare time, he roots for the Mets.
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