After losing to the New York Rangers Tuesday night, the New Jersey Devils fell out of the playoff picture and into ninth place in the Eastern Conference.
It's not too bad; the Devils are actually tied with the teams currently occupying sixth through eighth and only trail due to tiebreakers. Even so, it's clear something needs to change if the team wants a real shot at a successful postseason.
Martin Brodeur has been activated from the IR and is expected to start Thursday against the Carolina Hurricanes, and that will give the team a boost. But the team's failures so far this season have not just been a product of some poor goaltending: There have been large weaknesses in every aspect of the Devils' game (with the possible exception of shorthanded offense). With the trade deadline just two weeks away, it's time for the Devils to start addressing team needs.