It's not often that everything I address in an article actually gets played out on the ice, but the Devils did a good job of fixing things in their offense despite losing 4-3 to Boston last night.
The first concern was the team's powerplay, which without Ilya Kovalchuk in the lineup had gone 0-17 since November 4th. Head coach Pete DeBoer put in extra time with both units before last night's game, and it paid off with a first period goal by David Clarkson.
Despite the goal, Patrik Elias was still not satisfied with the unit that finished the game 1-5 with a man advantage. The lone goal that snapped the 0-22 streak was on a two man advantage, something that Elias expects to take advantage of every time.
"It's nice to score a goal, but it was on a 5-3," Elias told the Star Ledger. "You'd better get those."
The other concern for the Devils was Nick Palmieri, who up to last night's game had been struggling all season. DeBoer experimented with Palmieri on a number of lines, but h...