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NEWARK, N.J. – The lockout-shortened 48-game season hasn't started and the New Jersey Devils are already looking goals.
Not the type a team sets before the season. The Devils need the ones that cross the line, ripple the nets and get fans out of their seats.
Truth be told, they don't know who is going to produce them.
Much of the concern has to do with the loss of former captain Zach Parise, who signed a free-agent deal with Minnesota. And veteran Petr Sykora, an off-again, on-again Devil who has won a Stanley Cup with the franchise, was not brought back, either. Parise had 31 goals last season and Sykora added 21.
Healthy again after a season to forget, Travis Zajac could be one solution after missing most of last year, along with some of the younger Devils — Mattias Tedenby, Jacob Josefson and Adam Henrique, once he's healthy.
New Jersey, with Parise leading the way, won the Eastern Conference last season.