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

This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.

This week's article includes the second overall pick in last year's draft, a winger from the State of Hockey, a sophomore blueliner in the City of Brotherly Love, and both the Canadiens' captain and future face of the Vancouver franchise sidelined long-term.

First Liners (Risers)

Nolan Patrick, C, PHI – Patrick has experienced the typical learning curve for a 19-year old but has found his stride recently. Philly's second-line pivot lit the lamp in four straight contests in mid-to-late February, and after getting shut out in consecutive games, Patrick tallied a goal and an assist Saturday to raise his mark to 10 in each category.

Kevin Hayes, C, NYR – With the trade of Derek Stepan to Arizona before the 2017 draft, New York had a hole at center. Coach Alain Vigneault shifted Hayes, who had not been known for his defense, to fill that role. Hayes focused on that side of the ice, neglecting his offense, but has figured out the right balance the past few weeks. Hayes' goal Friday set a new career high in that category with 18, and in his last 18 games, he has eight goals and six of his 14 assists on the season.

Brendan Gallagher, RW, MON – Montreal has had another season to forget, but Gallagher is on the verge of setting a new career high in goals. Gallagher's tally Saturday was his 23rd of the season, and he equaled his career mark of 24, which was set in

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