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Early-season record and position: 3-5-4, tied for 11th in Eastern Conference.
Top assets: Leadership and trading ability of general manager Lou Lamoriello; strength up the middle and solid goaltending duo.
Analysis: The New Jersey Devils were hoping to rebound with a fast start following last year's non-playoff season.
They have struggled getting out of the gate, and the goaltending of Martin Brodeur is one of the reasons. Brodeur, the league's all-time leader in nearly every significant goaltending category, has a 2.94 GAA and an .879 save percentage. That's not going to get it done.
Brodeur should improve, but the Devils can turn to Cory Schneider (2.14 GAA, .915 save percentage) until Brodeur turns his game around.
The Devils have capable centers in Damien Brunner, Patrik Elias, Travis Zajac and Adam Henrique. That should allow the Devils to play more consistently on the offensive end. That has not happened to this point; they are averaging 2.17 goals per game, a figure that ranks 24th in the league.
Look for Lamoriello to make a move that brings the Devils another goal scorer if they don't pick it up on offense in the next couple of weeks.