Derick Brassard has never managed to make to the Penguins like he’d for other clubs. Will that change in the 2nd half of the 2018-19 season? 

We have reached the point in the season by which 31 teams have played with half of their matches. While it can seem like we have a good awareness of just how things may play out, one variable that could encircle the playoff races is that the chance of players changing in the last 40-something games.

Which top scorers could fade right back to the pack? Which players could heating up and help their teams compete during the homestretch? Which amounts point out future trends? Let’s take a good look at a bounce-back or even regression candidate for every team.

As the Capitals’ star center is humming along at around a point-per-game pace, he has even more to provide. At the last few seasons, Kuznetsov has performed on 12.0 percent of photos, and averaged more than 20 goals per season. In 2018 19 he has just seven tallies. With a career-high rate in shots per game, the bounces will definitely move his way soon.

Bounce Back candidate: Derick Brassard

Key stat: 1 3 points in 34 games

With just 21 points in 48 games since joining the Penguins in a trade last season, it has never been a smooth ride for its former Blue Jacket, Ranger and Senator, but things only can’t stay this bad for much longer. He has been playing dynamic scorer Phil Kessel, which might help Brassard’s now career-low on-ice shooting percent.