NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers
NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers

This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.

This week's article includes a hot Pavelski, a rebounding Golden Knight, the Bob on a roll, Hart down for a stretch and the Flower slumping.

First Liners (Risers)

Ryan Strome, C, NYR - Strome, the fifth overall pick in 2011, failed to meet that lofty draft selection with the Islanders, save for 50 points in 2014-15, and didn't fare much better his season-plus in Edmonton. Acquired earlier this season by the Rangers for Ryan Spooner, Strome has found his game recently. His two goals Saturday gives the pivotman seven points (three goals, four assists) in his last eight games. With Mats Zuccarello traded to Dallas last week and Kevin Hayes traded to Winnipeg on Monday, Strome should get additional opportunities to produce.

Joe Pavelski, C, SJ -
After a hat trick Sunday, the long-time Shark is up to 59 points in 63 games. He has been especially hot the last month, tallying nine goals and 10 assists in 13 games since Jan. 21. Pavelski posted 79, 70, 78, 68 and 66 points in the previous five seasons. With 59 points and six weeks remaining on the year, Pavelski should end in that range of production as he looks to lead San Jose to the top seed in the Pacific Division and Western Conference.

Sam Reinhart, RW, BUF -
Reinhart notched his third career hat trick on Saturday. Those three points along with his goal and assist Monday extended Reinhart's career-high mark in points to 57 in

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Jan Levine
Levine covers baseball and hockey for RotoWire. He is responsible for the weekly NL FAAB column for baseball and the Barometer for hockey. In addition to his column writing, he is master of the NHL cheat sheets. In his spare time, he roots for the Mets and Rangers.
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