This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.
This week's article includes Tkachuks times two, a lesser known Philly blueliner, the backup in Tampa to have future value, St. Louis' sniper sidelined and Anaheim's netminder struggling due to the team around him.
First Liners (Risers)
Logan Couture, C, SJ – Couture's hot play lately has helped the Sharks keep pace with the Flames in the battle for the top spot in the Pacific Division and Western Conference. With 11 points in his last 11 games, Couture is up to 62 points, exceeding the 61 he posted last season, in 69 games. Couture, the ninth overall pick in 2007 and true top-line center for San Jose, has a good shot at surpassing his career-high 67 points set in 2014-15.
Danton Heinen, LW, BOS – Heinen, normally a center, is filling in on left wing while David Pastrnak (thumb) is sidelined. While he is not scoring goals like Pasta, Heinen has admirably stepped into the breach created by the winger's absence, posting nine assists in his last 10 games. Overall, Heinen has nine goals and 19 assists in 65 appearances this season. But don't be deceived by that low total, just roll with him for as long as Pastrnak is out.
Brady Tkachuk, LW, OTT – Tkachuk, the new Face of the Ottawa franchise following the departures of Erik Karlsson, Mark Stone and Matt Duchene, had a three-game, four-point streak (two goals, two assists) that ended Monday. The Senators opted to keep last year's pick