Despite a recent four-game losing streak, including three straight losses in overtime, the New Jersey Devils are still 4-1-3 to start the season and remain near the top of the Eastern Conference with 11 points.
A big part of the team's success is due to its offensive surge, as New Jersey currently has five players with at least two goals in eight games. The Devils also have Adam Henrique back from injury, and Adam Larsson has finally returned to the starting lineup for a few games.
Many people believed that the Devils would fail this season after losing Zach Parise and Petr Sykora in the offseason, but New Jersey has once against proved the critics wrong by succeeding with what it has. Losing over 50 goals in one offseason would normally cripple an offense, but players like David Clarkson and Ilya Kovalchuk have led the Devils over the hump.
Here are five specific players who have stepped up in the absence of Parise and Sykora in 2013.