This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.
This week's article includes Sid the Kid, Lucic producing, a pair of Long Island blueliners, a possible changing of the guard in net for Nashville, EK65 out the rest of the season, a slumping Domi and Shattenkirk well off his early season pace.
First Liners (Risers)
Sidney Crosby, C, PIT – Crosby missed three months after undergoing core muscle surgery in mid-November but has made up for lost time since his return. His goal and assist Sunday gave Sid the Kid, six goals and 13 assists in 12 games since returning. Crosby hit the 100-point mark last year for the first time in five seasons. His time missed will cost him a shot at that this season, but he is still averaging more than a point per game and, as seen by his production lately, been on fire.
Mattias Janmark, C, DAL – Janmark moves between the second and fourth lines, as needed in Big D. His solid play recently has afforded Janmark additional ice time and opportunities, to which he has taken advantage. In his last nine games, Janmark has a goal and five helpers. The Swede is up to 20 points in 51 games — he's reached that threshold in all four of his NHL seasons — with a high of 34 points two seasons ago. Janmark should provide some value down the stretch.
Tyler Toffoli, RW, LA – Toffoli scored all three goals for Los Angeles in its Stadium Series over Colorado at the