NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers

NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers

This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.

This week's article includes COVID wreaking havoc on the league's schedule, a hot center in the Desert, EK65 rolling, Buffalo's new No. 1 netminder, Igor activated off injured reserve and a veteran blueliner scuffling a bit in Big D.

First Liners (Risers)

Clayton Keller, C, AZ – Keller continued his recent roll by notching a pair of goals and an assist Friday. He has been fantastic since mid-November, ringing up 16 points in 13 games while averaging a whopping 21:15 of ice time. Overall, Keller is up to 22 points in 29 games this season and could break the streak of three consecutive years with declining production. Arizona is leading the Shane Wright sweepstakes, but Keller looks to also be a building block piece after signing an eight-year, $57.2 million contract extension with the Coyotes in September 2019.

Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR – Zibanejad seems to have finally turned the corner, notching back-to-back, multi-point efforts Wednesday and Friday. The 28-year-old has seven goals and 25 points in 30 games, with 11 points (four goals and seven helpers) coming on the power play. As we saw the last two seasons, when Zib gets hot, he can carry the team offensively. This season, Zibanejad has struggled to find his footing but might be back on the beam. 

Valeri Nichushkin, LW, COL – Nichushkin still might set a career high in points, exceeding the 34 he posted in 79 games as an 18-year rookie for Dallas in 2013-14. If

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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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