1. The Larsson/Foster 'battle' - The Devils may never again have a healthy defense, so this may be a moot question, but I have to wonder who's going to be in the lineup if the top 6 is healthy. Larsson is already an even strength only player, and while he's playing a ton at even strength right now, the Devils are missing 2 of their top 4. Foster already has 8 shots through 3 games, and Larsson has no stretch where he did that during the season. It will be interesting to see how DeBoer deals with this if the D do get healthy - I think we've already seen that Larsson is not ready to be on an NHL power play. I can't see them making any other player currently in the lineup a healthy scratch, nor can I see them sending Greene or Tallinder to the pine.
2. Penalty drawing - I know it's amazing, but the Devils are right now league average at drawing penalties. I don't expect it to last, but the Devils are drawing more calls in recent weeks. It's nice to see and I hope it continues.
3. The offensive surge - I think we all know the Devils aren't going to be scoring 5 and 6 goals nightly, but I think the power play has been improving in recent weeks. I don't track power plays by goals but by shots, and shots-wise they're getting more. Even strength they are still down near the bottom of the league in shots for, but with Zajac's return, I expect the Devils to be middle of the pack.
4. Goaltending - I noted this in another thread, but Brodeur has no shutouts, and only 1 game where he gave up 1 goal in a full game. The Devils' defense hasn't been great, but they've largely nipped that breakaway problem in the bud. We'll see how Brodeur does through January, but if this continues, the Devils have to consider starting Hedberg in 65-70% of the games.
Edited by Triumph, 18 December 2011 - 06:35 PM.