I guess this isn't the Devils we're used to. I think Zajac and Kovalchuk and Henrique and Parise is a good group. Then Patty gets smaller minutes on line three, which can help him at this point in his career.
At this point, they need to just ignore Kovy. Don't pass to him unless he's absolutely open for a shot. Have someone else move the puck up the ice or just use a regular outlet pass, dump, chase, etc.
He's got his fingerprints all over the team and that needs to change. He needs to be reduced to just a shot to get some confidence. The problem is that we don't have anyone who can be dominant with the puck.
I was in favor of the signing and the contract (though part of that was if everyone else was getting away with it we should too). However I was in favor of it assuming they would have both Parise and Kovalchuk and play on different lines. My idea was being able to come at waves against the opposition making it harder to match-up against. You could double shift both of them a end up having about 40-45 minutes of a 60 minutes with a top threat goal scorer on the ice. Why you would give someone that size contract and then move their position doesn't make sense to me.
Putting them together and trying to force it is bad idea. Kovalchuk is even worse defensively on the right side. I think Zach would be better at right wing, but they clearly don't want to move him out of position for Kovalchuk and **** him off. They need to be on separate lines because they both need to play left wing.
I kind of want to talk about the people that think Larsson is slow....they have no fucking clue. When this KID figures it out, he will determine the pace of the game. His play, the good and the bad gives me a hard-on that is how good he is.