Simply put, the Devils five game win streak was against the least of the eastern conference and now with a tougher schedule the Devils seem that they may be over-matched against the likes of the Pens, Flyers, Canadians and Rangers.
Last nights 4-1 loss to the Pens may be the start of a tough stretch. The Devils defense was harassed by the Pens fore-check all night and did not were not allowed a clean breakout all night. On offense the Devils crashed the net and worked hard down low in their five game win streak, last night we saw none of that from the Devils offense.
Only time will tell but this could be a tough stretch unless the return of Holik, Madden and Rolston help bolster our line-up.
Notes and Thoughts:
- Mike Mottau has not played the way he did last season and at times has been a liability. Bryce Salvador and Colin White are solid defensive defenseman, but are not shutdown defenseman. This is the Devils biggest weakness as they will need to pursue a top line shut down defenseman in the likes of Stevens. That would allow them to have three solid pairings Martin-?, White-Oduya, Salvador-Salmella with Greene or Mattau as the seventh defenseman.