NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers

NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers

This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.

This week's article includes a Flame on fire, Fiala rolling, the back up goalie in Colorado stoning everyone, Kuemper ready to rock, Bertuzzi slumping in Detroit and trade deadline winners and losers.

First Liners (Risers)

Mikael Backlund, C, CGY – Backlund hasn't had the best season and heading into February, it didn't look like he would score 45-57 points, as he has the last four seasons. But he has vastly picked up his game in February, notching six goals and six helpers in 11 games, including a pair of goals Friday. Backlund is now up to 12 tallies, 35 points and 135 shots through 63 games this year and on pace to reach the 40-point mark once again.

Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS – Bergeron, a future Hall of Famer, extended his goal streak to five with a pair of lamplighters on Friday. In addition, he notched points in seven straight outings (seven tallies, three helpers) before getting shut out Saturday. The 34-year-old is up to 29 markers, 53 points, 184 shots and a plus-22 rating through 54 appearances this year. The nine games he missed in November and December will cost Bergeron the shot to set a career high in points, but he still is on a point-per-game pace.

Kevin Fiala, LW, MIN – Fialia has been red-hot this month, notching seven goals and five assists in 11 games. He's now at 16 goals and 40 points this season, eclipsing last year's production in just 56 games

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Jan Levine
Levine covers baseball and hockey for RotoWire. He is responsible for the weekly NL FAAB column for baseball and the Barometer for hockey. In addition to his column writing, he is master of the NHL cheat sheets. In his spare time, he roots for the Mets and Rangers.
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