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

This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.

This week's article includes a change of scenery doing wonders for a center, a winger on a roll in D.C., two big losses in Vancouver and St. Louis and an offensive blueliner in a major slump.

First Liners (Risers)

Adam Henrique, C, ANA – Henrique has settled in nicely in Anaheim, notching a point in all five games as a Duck. The impending return of Ryan Getzlaf will likely move Henrique down to the second line, but Henrique's chemistry with Corey Perry could allow Perry to remain as a duo with the former Devil. Eventually, Ryan Kesler will also return, possibly moving Henrique even further down the center pecking order, but enjoy the ride while it lasts.

Tyler Johnson, C, TB – Johnson has been playing right wing but qualifies in most leagues as a center. His two assists Saturday in Tampa's 4-3 win over the Jets extended his point streak to four games and seven points, including five assists. Johnson has just six goals on the season, impacted by a 15-game goalless streak, continuing his struggles the past two seasons after a breakout in 2014-15. The myriad weapons for the Lightning means that Johnson has to stay hot to keep his line placement, so be wary of placing too much reliance on him.

Tom Wilson, LW, WAS – The placement on Washington's top line and recent production may be fleeting, but take advantage of it while it lasts. Wilson was moved to the No. 1 line

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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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