The Devils (6-3-3) defeated the Carolina Hurricanes (3-6-3), 3-2, in a shootout to sweep the home-and-home series with goals by PA Parenteau and Nick Lappin, his first NHL goal, and shootout goals by PA Parenteau and Taylor Hall. Here's what we learned:
1) PA Parenteau might be the best waiver wire acquisition a team could ask for. He can play on every line, on either side, on the power play and he's a shootout specialist that's currently tied for the team lead with five goals. Plus, he's in his 11th professional season and comes with a boatload of character and leadership. #thankyouislanders
2) The Devils continue to show their coachability with the small improvements they make after each mediocre game that have a huge impact. Last game, they weren't happy with their shot total and it was a big emphasis in their meetings this morning, and they came out tonight and put up 41 shots on Cam Ward. Plus, 12 more that were blocked and another 12 that missed the target.
3) Jacob Josefson is making the most of his return to the lineup. Last game, the spotlight was on his ability to spark Mike Cammalleri's offensive production and, after tonight's game, the spotlight is on his ability to win faceoffs as he won eight of ten. The Devils won 61% off their faceoffs tonight with Travis Zajac taking the majority of them, but having another two-way center in your arsenal of options like Josefson is never a bad thing.
The Devils will hold a noon practice at The Rock on Wednesday before shuffling up to Buffalo for the first game of their home-and-home series with the Sabres this weekend.