- Devils defense is mediocre on paper. Zidlicky is very inconsistent defensively, Salvador is old and slow and has never been better than a 6. Andy Greene, once an offensive guy, has been molded into their best shutdown d-man. Volchenkov is pretty ineffective at this point in his career, he has a lot of mileage on him. They made it work last year, they're making it work right now though. Credit to Pete DeBoer and his staff.
- People complain that they aren't forechecking well and they aren't grinding ******* down in the second game of a back-to-back in this hyper season. 48 games in 99 days, ignoring practices and travel and life, isn't terribly easy. Tough to get 110% of high octane energy from everyone, every night. Games and ice time must be managed properly at all positions (ex.: Fleury, no back-to-back games so far this year; roster always at 23 - max).
- Issues with backhands. Handedness being misused is leading to goals/chances against. Players like Engelland playing their off-side, meaning they have to keep pucks in on their backhand. Difficult for players with skill, a chore for players without it. Adjustments must be made, as having players play their off-side in a system like this is not very sustainable.
- I didn't think Orpik played that 2-on-1 too badly really. Kovy has a nasty release, ideally you want to get your stick in that lane when a player commits to the shot, but Kovy is a world class player...he's damned if he do, damned if he don't there. 2-on-1's are not a natural part of the game, they are caused by error.
- Clarkson isn't that good of a player to be honest, but I guess he's going to get that "grass is always greener" following now that he's scored a couple of against us.
- People say "all alone in front" that's modern defense. You don't see that battle 1-on-1 in front as much like you used to. It used to be a war of cross checks at the top of the blue paint, but that's largely dead. Instead the two d-men get out in front of that player and basically play goalie. It's believed that two players can prevent that puck from getting through to the one guy and it isolates him in no man's land, effectively making it 4 on 4 or 4.5 on 4 on the rest of the ice when the PK team doesn't have possession. Obviously, when the puck finds it way back there, it looks silly (I guess...), but you're only looking at results rather than the formulation of a goal.