This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.
This week's article includes COVID-related absences still rearing their ugly head, the No. 2 center in Colorado rolling, a winger taking another step forward in the Home of Hockey, Skjei it, Brady hot in Carolina, Kirill the Thrill sidelined and a Flame fizzling out in Calgary.
First Liners (Risers)
Nazem Kadri, C, COL – Kadri extended his scoring streak to 12 games by notching a goal and assist Monday. He has posted six goals and 15 assists during those 12 games to give Kadri 13 markers and 33 apples in 29 games. Kadri is on pace to obliterate the career-high 61 points he tallied in 2016-17 in Toronto. An unrestricted free agent after the season, Kadri is set up for a nice payday if he can remain on the straight and narrow, which has been an issue in the past.
Alex Kerfoot, C, TOR – Kerfoot exacted a bit of revenge against his former team Saturday, notching a goal and two assists to help Toronto defeat Colorado. It was a great homecoming for the former Av, who's on a three-game multi-point scoring streak (two goals, six assists). Kerfoot has produced in bunches this season, posting several multi-point efforts, while moving amongst the top three lines. He is up to six goals and 18 assists in 33 games and on pace to exceed the career-high 43 points he posted as a rookie in 2017-18 with the Avalanche.
Marcus Foligno, LW, MIN – Secondary scoring is a major