This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.
This week's article includes Sid the Kid, an Islander excelling, a hot Hank, the return of Price and a Calder Trophy winner struggling to score.
First Liners (Risers)
Sidney Crosby, C, PIT – Slump? Wat slump? After a rough go of it for 10 games, Crosby has put any concerns about his play to rest since then. Sid's two goals and assist Saturday against the Lightning gave him nine points, including four goals, in his last six games. Six of those nine have come on the power play. What's more encouraging is that Crosby's shooting percentage (9.1) remains a fraction of his 14.6-percent career average, so this current hot streak may just be the tip of the iceberg.
Sean Monahan, C, CGY – After tallying 62 and 63 points the prior two seasons, Monahan "fell" to 58 last year. That mild decline sure looks like an aberration right now, as Monahan has been on fire. His two goals Friday gave Calgary's top center 14 on the year — more than halfway to last season's total. In addition, with 26 points in 23 games, Monahan is on early pace to far exceed his prior career high in points, as he continues to make sweet music paired with Johnny Gaudreau.
Taylor Hall, LW, NJ – The Devils have been one of the surprise teams through the first quarter, led offensively by Hall. His production waned in his first year in New Jersey, but he has regained his form