This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.
This week's article includes the other Chad Johnson, "Vesey" does it, a major loss on the blue line in Big D and the Oilers' goalie springing a leak.
First Liners (Risers)
Sean Couturier, C, PHI – After an extremely slow start, Couturier has found his game of late. He notched two goals and an assist along with a plus-4 Saturday to extend his point streak. In that stretch, Couturier has tallied six points (three goals, three assists) with eight of his 11 points on the season notched in his last six games. He has shown lately that his breakthrough 76-point campaign last season was no fluke, so ride the wave.
Mikael Granlund, RW, MIN – When we think of elite wingers, Granlund doesn't usually come to mind. But maybe, just maybe, he needs to be considered in that class or at least a tick below. Granlund finally had that expected breakout season two years ago with 69 points and followed that up with 67 points last season. After not scoring in the first three games of the year, Granlund has points in 13 of his last 14 contests and is up to 10 goals and eight assists.
Dominik Simon, LW, PIT – The Penguins have been shuffling players throughout their lineup looking for the right combinations lately. The wheel landed on Simon, and he has not looked out of place to the left of Sidney Crosby. He showed at the AHL level that he could