How many presently active, not on IR, first line players do the Devils have? I say one Elias.
How many did we have last season? I say three, Elias, Kovy and Parise.
How many presently active 2nd line players do the Devils have? I say NONE, maybe Zajac.
Most Devils players are 3rd, 4th or don't belong in the NHL players.
It's hard to have scoring without line chemistry and it's hard to have line chemistry without equal talent.
That's why Zajac is struggling no line chemistry with and without Kovy because no other line partner with same or better talent like Parise.
So compare 2011/12 with 2012/13 No Parise and Kovy out on IR it's hard to be offensive. Sullivan makes up some of Kovy's minutes. No one makes up for Kovy's distraction.
Why should they be cup finalists? They actually belong where they are with two 40 year old goalies and one that was on the IR.
Why should they be in the playoffs?
DeBoer hasn't and doesn't have the talent to work with.
Just my opinion.