Different era? I doubt average scoring is much different from 2003 then what this year was expected to be.
2003 - 5.309
2012 - 5.320
You're not going to beat teams in 2013 with a defensive center with a 40 point ceiling. In 1995 the Devils could with their system. The 2003 team was just coached magnificently with a system that worked nearing the end of the trap era.
Ask yourself if they'd have won a round sans Parise with Josefson as a second line center last Spring.