The New Jersey Devils don't believe the addition of defenseman Marek Zidlicky will change the dynamic of a team playing its best hockey of the season.
It shouldn't affect the Devils' recent success against the Tampa Bay Lightning, either.
Zidlicky is expected to make his New Jersey debut Sunday against the Lightning, a team the Devils have routinely frustrated over the past few seasons.
New Jersey (35-21-4) acquired the 35-year-old Zidlicky from Minnesota on Friday in exchange for three players and two draft picks. He had 14 assists and 24 penalty minutes in 41 games with the Wild, and is expected to aid an inconsistent defense while helping direct the power play.
The Devils have converted 16.5 percent of their chances with the man advantage and have gone four games without a power-play goal.
"This makes us better," coach Peter DeBoer said. "Even more important is the message to the guys in the room from up top that there's a strong belief of what we're doing and what we're cap...