This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.
This week's article includes a hot Casey, Nino rolling, Georgie on Broadway, Pasta sidelined and the unquestioned No. 1 in the Edmonton net in a major slump.
First Liners (Risers)
Casey Cizikas, C, NYI - Cizkas is having a magical season. His two goals Thursday gave the fourth-line center 15 this season. The last four seasons, Cizikas averaged eight goals and about 22 points. The rise in scoring is largely due to a 19 percent shooting rate, close to double his career mark. The rug is likely to get pulled out from under Cizikas, but ride the wave while it lasts.
Auston Matthews, C, TOR - Matthews hit a rough patch in late December, early January but has righted the ship. Signing his five-year deal may have been just the impetus to get back him back on the beam, though his talent shining through is a more likely reason. Matthews has seven goals and four assists in his last 10 games. With 27 goals and 26 assists in 44 games, Matthews has a shot at exceeding the 69 points he scored as a rookie two seasons ago.
Nino Niederreiter, RW, CAR - Niederreiter, the fifth overall pick in 2010 by the Islanders, never got a real shot with the team before he was moved to Minnesota. He steadily increased his production with the Wild, peaking at 57 points in 2016-17. Following that year, he signed a five-year, $26.25 million contract extension with Minnesota in July 2017. Niederreiter's