We lose Talbot.
We lose Gonchar.
We lose Malkin.
We lose Kennedy.
We lose Letang.
We lose Orpik.
We lose 3 games in a row for the first times since Michel Therrien was coach.
Suddenly, the Devils have tied us with 24 points (in 2 fewer games). It's a big game tonight (and not only for Marc-Andre Fleury, who is battling Martin Brodeur for the Canadian starting goalie spot in the Vancouver Games...especially after being outplayed the last time he went head-to-head with Marty in a 4-1 Pens loss).
We need the young reinforcements (Bourque, Conner, Engelland, Lovejoy) to step it up and show that they may belong at this level some day...starting tonight.