All-Star Break

Call me quelle stupide but the Devils just embarassed l’habitant du but: Price wasn’t the guardian of the net tonight, he was a regular resident inside the twine. If I still lived in Boston, I’d already be relishing the morning headlines forming puns on the Canadiens nom du plume: Hab A Nice Break. Habbin’ A Streak. Heaven Hab Us, Devils On Top.

So the Devils enter the break in first place, after a 24-hour stint back in second thanks to the Rangers’ scheduling urgency and the Ducks’ inability to convert at the Garden. What can we expect down the stretch?

Will Elias, Parise or someone else break 100 points for the first time in franchise history?

Will the team have a 50 goal scorer, again for the first time?

Can the Devils actually have two of the top ten scorers in the league, during the same season?

Will we see Jay Pandolfo again as time, age and the late season duress catch up with Rolston, Holik or Shanahan?

When Marty is back, will things get even better, and will Sutter finally give Marty the rest and recuperation he needs going into the playoffs?

Elias’ absence from the All-Star Game shows the dangers inherent in starting the process before Election Day and allowing more creative voting than a Florida election. Patrik is the only top-ten forward (statistically) not represented in Montreal this weekend, but as usual he’ll take it in stride and let his stick do the talking until April.