To me the Devils have to get their defensemen more involved in the neutral zone. Now I think we've seen some of that under DeBoer this year as compared to last, but they need to push the pace more. The Devils can't be going up ice with 2 on 3s and 3 on 3s and expect to get much out of that.
This is very much dead on. If you recall back to the Cup run Zach said the same thing. I have noticed the D activation a bit more recently, this is why Harrold is in the lineup. Unfortunately, guys like Zids and Gelinas can really hurt you with their decision making playing this way. I have said for a long time now they are squandering Greene's offensive ability. I think Fayne was really strong not necessarily pushing the pace, but he read plays extremely well and his play 25 feet inside the blue line was superb.