New Jersey Devils: 3 Weaknesses That Must Be Addressed During the 2013 Season

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New Jersey Devils: 3 Weaknesses That Must Be Addressed During the 2013 Season
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With five games gone, the New Jersey Devils are well into the 2013 NHL season, and fans should start to have an idea of the team they'll be watching this season.

After an offseason that saw captain Zach Parise depart for Minnesota, there was a question looming whether the Devils still had the talent to compete in the playoffs. After all, it was just eight months ago that the Devils were competing in the Stanley Cup finals.

Would the 2013 Devils be prepared for another playoff run? Well, in what little we've seen so far, it's hard to say no. The Devils haven't yet lost in regulation, and have held their own against theoretically-strong teams like the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins.

However, there are still areas where the Devils need to improve. If fixed, the Devils would be a scary opponent for any team. If neglected, these weaknesses might keep the Devils from making another playoff run.

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