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NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers

Jan Levine

Levine covers baseball, basketball and hockey for RotoWire. In addition to his column writing, he's the master of the MLB and NHL cheatsheets. In his spare time, he roots for the Mets.

This week’s article looks at the biggest risers and fallers from the unofficial “first half” of the season. Players that missed a significant amount of time due to injury are not included.

First Liners (Risers)

Sean Couturier, C, PHI – Couturier has scored between 34 and 39 points the past four seasons, carving out a role as a solid shutdown center. Coach Dave Hakstol placed him with Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux, moving Giroux to left wing. Couturier has exploded offensively since that change, already racking up 26 goals – a new career high — and 23 assists in 49 games.

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