DeBoer: Parise is 'our barometer'

NEWARK, N.J. -- Zach Parise hasn’t recorded a point in the Stanley Cup finals.

Still, Devils coach Peter DeBoer thinks his captain is making a significant impact.

“Zach’s game is so much more than the stat line. He’s the heartbeat of our team,” DeBoer said Saturday morning prior to Game 5. “He’s the identity of our team. He forechecks, he backchecks, he kills penalties. He plays in all situations.

“He really is our barometer. He’s the guy that makes us go, whether he’s scoring or not. I don’t measure his game on goals and assists. He’s creating opportunities. They’re eventually going to go in. He’s had these types of situations before. It’s tough out there right now for anybody to score, but I’m not concerned about his game. I know it’s going to come.”

Parise isn’t concerned either.

“The opportunities are there. They’re just not going in. We’re not executing and that’s the difference,” he said. 

“Trust me, we’d all like to be racking up the points right now. It’s not happening, but I think we’re doing other things well and that’s how we judge our game. It’s always bonus and better if you can wind up on the scoresheet.”

The Devils appeared to be a cool, calm and collected group despite trailing 3-1 in the series.

“We just want to win the fifth one right now,” Parise said. “That’s all we can control is playing a great game tonight. We like the way we’ve played as of late and we’ve gotten better as the series has gone on and we’ll try to make it go as long as we can.”