Well, before the season began I was convinced that if the supposed big 3 offensive D-men didnt step up the offense on this team would doom the Devils. Well as it turns out the checker line has saved the Devil's bacon so far and the big 3 are no where to be seen on the goal sheet (well not including tonights blunder). Defensively who can complain we are number one in goals against. The Devils backstopped by Broduer are the expected perennial powerhouse on defense. The faster game does not seem to have brought the dire end to the Devils D as many predicted in pre-season.
Pat Burns has been a great coach and the only complaint I have is he needs tone down his press speeches a little. I know you want accountability but what happens when you need a motivator in the playoffs and you have used the press route all season.
Here is a quick run down, don't want to review the whole team.
[*]New faces, Danton never had a chance and he can thank his agent for that.
[*]Friesen- Has been getting better lately, has two goals recently.Needs to get more involved around the net though.
[*]Tvodovsky- He has been ok, been sliding of late and hasn't quite shown the offensive promise Lou hoped.
Not quite new
[*]Langenbrunner-How can you not like this guy? I realize he won't get past mid 20's goal wise but his play has been inspirational so far.
[*]Nieuywendky- Uh, barely noticable anymore is this the 'flu' bug or something else? We need his presence at center or this team will falter in post-season if he is still around.
[*]Madden-Copy what I said of Langenbrunner and you pretty much get the idea.
[*]Gomez- Continues to have a quiet and successful season. Elias and Gomez seem to gel to great effect and then the next game they are oil and vinegar.
[*]D-corp as a whole. No complaints from me really. Wish the offensive power would show up and soon because I want the Devils to know their transition game before the playoff grind starts.
Overall, this has been a respectable season so far. The Devils need to start putting up more goals but they can survive with the timely goals they have gotten for twenty games so far.