This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.
This week's article includes the Duke and the Tuch on rolls, a young blueliner hot in Hockeytown, the backup netminder on fire in Pittsburgh, a lesser-known pivotman producing for the Sabres and a cold Nino in Carolina.
First Liners (Risers)
Tyler Johnson, C, TB – Johnson has 14 points in 27 games on the year, but four of those points have come in the past four games. His playing time is down about 40 seconds a year from a year ago and almost two minutes less than two seasons ago, but he is seeing over two minutes of ice time on the man-advantage. Johnson is playing as the second line right winger, and if he remains at that spot, he should be in prime position to remain productive. One caveat is that he missed Monday's with a lower body injury, so check RotoWire for updates.
Anthony Duclair, LW, OTT – Duclair continued his strong play the first third of the season, tallying twice Saturday and twice more Monday. Those four markers gave the 2013 third-round pick of the Rangers 15 markers through 31 games this year, putting him on pace to far blow past the career-high 20 he scored in 2015-16. Duclair, re-signed to a one-year, $1.65 million contract by Ottawa this offseason, should expect a healthy raise in his salary if he is able to maintain anything close to his recent pace.
Joonas Donskoi, RW, COL – Donskoi is one of several players having fine first