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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 includes a speedy Vegas forward, a hot young winger in Music City, a pair of backup goalies rolling, Colorado’s top center down and Detroit’s No. 1 goalie in a slump.

First Liners (Risers)

Erik Haula, C, vgk – Las Vegas’ success this season is due to the collective whole being greater than the sum of the individual parts. Haula is an example of that. Coming over from Minnesota, Haula had a career high of 34 points set two years ago when he filled a third-line role. In Vegas, he has moved seamlessly onto the second line. A seventh-rounder in 2009, Haula posted a goal and added a helper Friday, raising his career-high mark to 39 points (20 goals, 19 assists) in just 47 games.

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