I know it's popular to pile on the coaching staff...some things justified, some things are stretches. But one thing I noticed last night was the inability to adapt on the power play. Super aggressive PK by the Devs last night (and that's how they've been doing it now), forwards high, challenging passes back to the point, not allowing time to set up out high. Power play needs to move the puck quicker, move players into the gap created in the middle of the ice, work from low to high, instead of high to low like a traditional power play. One time I recall them getting it into the middle of the rink (Crosby to Letang, with a nice save by Brodeur)...needs to be better than that.
Need to do a better job identifying the weakness of the opposing team. For the Devils, it's their defensemen on paper...they lack a lot of skill, they lack a big imposing physical presence, they lack a lot of mobility. Challenge them down low below the goal line. Now, some of you are thinking "but the Devils are a cycling team...aren't we just playing their game, playing to their strengths?" Well, yes, they are a cycling team but if you notice, it's usually a 3-man cycle off of their aggressive forecheck. When the defense gets the puck, they just shoot...they don't slide down the boards like Letang or some of our d-men do (which is by design). So, we could take it to them with skill, speed and a little bit of sandpaper.
Instead, everything went high. Huge advantage for an aggressive group of forwards that the Devils have. They are well-coached, they move as a unit. They lack speed, so their best chance to generate chances are from turnovers high...not earning the puck back down-low. We continued to fox around with the puck out high and we did their work for them.