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Zach Parise injury hasn't doomed Devs

New Jersey can still survive injuries, early skid but outlook still grim

Updated: November 9, 2010, 1:22 PM ET
By Tom Awad | Puck Prospectus
Zach PariseBruce Bennett/Getty ImagesZach Parise has led the Devils and replacing him will be difficult ... but not impossible.

The last four months have been the worst time to be a New Jersey Devils fan in recent history. From the summer soap opera of the Ilya Kovalchuk saga, until the start of the season the roster was in question because of cap concerns that have yet to be fully resolved. When injuries hit, the Devils could only dress 15 skaters for a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and coach John MacLean even scratched Kovalchuk for one game, with a rift between player and coach apparent.

Perceived as a Stanley Cup contender at the start of the season, the Devils now sit at 4-10-1 with the fewest points in the NHL. But the worst news of all is that Zach Parise, the Devils' best player, will miss three months recovering from a torn meniscus. Is the Devils' season doomed? Not necessarily, but it sure doesn't look good.


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