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

This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.

This week's article includes a hot winger on Broadway, a polarizing winger back in action, AA for the Winged Wheel, a major loss in Tampa and a high 2014 draft pick struggling in Calgary.

First Liners (Risers)

Matt Duchene, C, OTT – Duchene continued his red-hot play Saturday with a pair of goals, then followed that up by potting two more and adding an assist Monday. Those three points gave Duchene 15 points in his past seven contests and 27 in 21 games on the season. Duchene leads the Senators in assists with 17 and has adjusted well to Ottawa after his acquisition from Colorado last year.

Valtteri Filppula, C, NYI – Filppula has gotten off to a surprisingly strong start, posting 12 points through his first 19 games of the season. On a line with Anthony Beauvillier and Leo Komarov, the trio dominated the Rangers on Thursday, posting nine points (four goals) in a victory. Filppula is New York's third-line center and receives no power play time, so be careful not to overreach here, but he's worth a look as a plug-and-play or occasional cheap DFS option.

Chris Kreider, LW, NYR – Kreider, to the joy of all Rangers' fans, finally seems to be figuring it out. His goal Saturday gave the power forward seven in the past 10 games and 11 on the season. Kreider's two assists in addition to his tally Saturday upped the winger's point total for the year to 18 in

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