The Devils were 16-6 in OT/shootout games last year. They are 3-9 this year. Parise was a big part of that with his shootout ability, there's no doubt, but people think last year's team was this amazing club - they snuck into 6th by virtue of dominating the shootout and OT. Had they gone 6-16, like the Devils would be on pace to do in an 82 game season, they would've been tied for 8th place with the Senators and Capitals, and certainly would've been in much more of a dogfight for the playoffs.
this is an amazing point that doesn't get enough play. think about it - if the devils are 6 and 6 in OT/Shootout, that's 3 more points which shockingly changes the whole complexion of a lot of arguments.
what are the reasons the devils are where they are right now?
1) Bad Goaltending
2) Bad OT/Shoot Out Record
3) Low S%
5) Poor Use of Lines (i.e. Gionta)
That's it guys - in that order.