This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.
This week's article includes a rookie on the rise in Montreal, a hot winger in a new home, the "other" Hughes on a roll, the second goalie in Carolina playing well, down goes Hertl and the third overall pick in 2018 assigned to the minors.
First Liners (Risers)
Nick Suzuki, C, MON – Suzuki, drafted 13th overall in 2017, has been red-hot lately. He scored an even-strength goal and a power-play assist Saturday and added helper Sunday, giving Suzuki six points (one goal, five helpers) in the last four games after going scoreless in his previous four. The rookie has 10 goals and 33 points in 54 games, centering the second line for the Canadiens. The future is bright for Suzuki.
Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR – Zibanejad continued his roll Saturday, tallying the only goal in New York's 1-0 win over Detroit. He has five multi-point efforts in his last 13 games, racking up four goals and 12 points in that stretch. Despite missing most of November with an upper-body injury, Zibanejad is having a brilliant campaign with 20 goals and 43 points through only 38 games, though the time missed could result in Zib falling short of the career-high 74 points he tallied last season.
J.T. Miller, LW, VAN – Miller continues to roll as a member of the Orcas. His assist Sunday extended his point streak to six straight games, including three consecutive multi-point performances. Miller signed a five-year, $26.25 million contract with the Lightning