This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.
This week's article includes Noel who?, a pair of hot veteran wingers, a young blueliner scorching in the Desert, the Bob's replacement rolling, the return of a top winger in Nashville and the Flower wilting slightly in Sin City.
First Liners (Risers)
Tyler Seguin, C, DAL – Seguin underachieved the beginning part of the season but has found his sea-legs lately. The Face of the Dallas Franchise lit the lamp twice Friday, extending his point streak to five games, during which he has scored four times and dished out three helpers. That hot streak has given Seguin 10 goals and 30 points through 38 games, after he went scoreless Sunday. That production is still under his output pace the last six seasons, but if he remains hot, he likely will end up between the 72 and 84 points he posted in those campaigns.
Noel Acciari, RW, FLA – If a pair of hat tricks in back-to-back games doesn't earn the bold treatment, nothing will. Acciari has benefitted from skating to the right or Vincent Trocheck and Jonathan Huberdeau, but he has made the most of the opportunity. The 28-year-old came into his first campaign with Florida having scored only 18 career goals in 180 games in four seasons for Boston. The six goals in two games plus marker Saturday gives Acciari a career-high 12 tallies on the season.
James van Riemsdyk, LW, PHI – After basically being invisible the first part of the season, van Riemsdyk