NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers

NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers

This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.

This week's article includes ZIb's roll continuing, Michael who in Arizona, a hot 'Canes blueliner, two young goalies rolling, a top-six winger out for two weeks in Toronto and a former rising winger now on the wrong side of the ledger. 

First Liners (Risers)

Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR – The Rangers offense is rolling with Zib as the trigger man on the first line. He notched three assists Saturday and a goal and assist Sunday, giving the Swedish pivot five goals and seven assists in 10 April games with a six-game point streak. If you go back to March 13, Zibanejad has 13 markers and 17 apples in 20 games and 39 points on the season, showing just how slow his start was. Zibanejad's slow start to the year is attributed to post-COVID after-effects. Now fully healthy, the Blueshirts' No. 1 center has the jump back in his step that was lacking the first two months or so of the season. 

Josh Norris, C, OTT – Norris, profiled a month ago, gets another mention, as he extended his point streak to five games with a goal and an assist Monday. In his last 10 games, Norris has posted five goals and six apples while skating on a line with Drake Batherson and Brady Tkachuk. Drafted 19th overall in 2017, Norris appeared in three games with the parent club last season. Getting a chance at consistent ice time, the 21-year-old has 13 goals and 16 assists in 46

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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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