New Jersey Devils: 5-Step Plan to Avoid a Slow Start to 2013 Season

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New Jersey Devils: 5-Step Plan to Avoid a Slow Start to 2013 Season
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The New Jersey Devils started off the 2013 season with wins against the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers and will want to stay focused moving forward.

If the Devils want to start the season hot, they will need to pick up right where they left off. Even without Zach Parise, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Petr Sykora on the team, the Devils can still play the same level of hockey they did last May.

Peter DeBoer will once again coach the defending Eastern Conference champions, making it the first time the Devils have had the same coach in back-to-back seasons since Brent Sutter in 2009.

DeBoer is no longer coaching alongside Larry Robinson and Adam Oates this season. Instead, he is joined by Matt Shaw and Scott Stevens.

If DeBoer and company want to start off this season hot, they need to follow this five-step plan.

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