This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.
This week's article includes Point-ing the way in Tampa, a pair of hot Flyers, Tuukka on a roll, a pair of major injuries and two players whose value have declined since being traded.
First Liners (Risers)
Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR – DJ Zib continued his roll recently, notching goals in six consecutive games before he was shut out Friday. He has blossomed into a star in New York, tallying 27 goals two seasons ago, 30 last year and 32 this season, including two Sunday. The five-year, $26.75 million contract he signed with the Rangers in July 2017 looks like a veritable steal now, based on his production and importance to the team. His recent hot streak has Zibanejad up to 65 points after scoring a career-high 74 points last season.
Brayden Point, C, TB – Point is scoring at close to a point-per-game pace but may need to up his output with Steven Stamkos sidelined for the balance of the regular season. After a slow start, Point has been on fire, scoring in 13 of his last 15 games, tallying five goals and 13 helpers. Point, who scored 92 points last season, signed a three-year, $20.25 million contract with the Lightning last September, which contributed to his slow start. He is now up to 60 points in 61 games and should see an uptick in ice time with Stamkos out.
Claude Giroux, LW, PHI – Giroux closed out a hot February, scoring twice against the Rangers on