There is no better way for the New Jersey Devils to start the second half than with a home and home series with the Flyers. Going into last night's contest, New Jersey had beaten Philadelphia in six consecutive games including their playoff meeting last spring.
The trend continued last night with a commanding win for the Devils. The teams go back at it in Philadelphia on Friday night. New Jersey will be eager to sweep the back to back.
They seem to emerging out of the funk that dropped them from first place in the conference to seventh. They have won three of four, albeit two of the wins coming via the shootout.
A 1-6-2 record between February 15th and March 5th tempered a phenomenal start to the season. The stretch of poor play highlighted a few chinks in the armor and exacerbated some preseason concerns.
As the Devils sprint to the finish line in the second half of this shortened season there are questions both on and off the ice. Let's address them in order of importance.