The Devils lost last night, but it wasn't the result of a structural flaw, or because the team is too slow as many have quipped in the past. Their undoing was the result of mental lapses, which can be addressed, and Cory Schneider's subpar play. Goal 1 and 3 are inexcusable for a goaltender that is supposed to be in his prime.
Our biggest weakness last year, which was our inability to score is no longer present. The Devils last night scored a SHG and two 5 on 5 goals. These are positive stats despite the overall outcome. Defensively we are a work in progress, but 4 of 7 defenseman on the roster are under 23 years of age. Nights like this are to expected, but they should decline the deeper we get into the season.
Perennial whipping boy Stephen Gionta played well last evening, and is well suited for a 4th line wing role. Salvador is an issue, but he won't be scratched for two reasons. First, no one else on the roster plays a similar style to his, and two, he has a lot of cachet because he is the captain.
Nights like this will be common till around game 35 or so. After that the Devils will play .600 hockey going forward and make the playoffs as long as long as Cory plays to his capability.