The Devils lost their preseason finale, 4-2, to the Panthers tonight at Tate Rink on the campus of the US Military Academy with goals by Andy Greene and Mike Cammalleri. Here's what we learned:
1) The past few days, the Devils worked on better stick and body positioning for fewer penalties and on taking more shots in prime scoring areas. Tonight, we saw the benefits of that attention to detail on display as the Devils allowed only two power play opportunities and lead 30-27 in shots, winning that category in every period.
2) The defense needs some work. Every Panthers goal was a result of a defensive breakdown or mistake, like a turnover or stick infraction. Something new for head coach John Hynes to focus on in practice next week before the first game of the season on Thursday.
3) The power play is showing signs of life with great puck movement and crisp passing through traffic. They were even rewarded for it tonight when Cammalleri, who earned five shots on net, scored on the man advantage off another assist by Yohann Auvitu, who now has six to lead the team in pre-season points.
The team is off tomorrow and will practice again on Monday. More roster cuts are coming as the current roster has two goalies, one defenseman and one forward too many.