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Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Donnie Pucks: What we learned about the Devils in November

By Don La Greca

Mattias Tedenby is a player.

This 20-year-old, 5-foot 10-inch spitfire has appeared in just nine games and already has three goals and three assists. He tallied a penalty-shot goal and has shown that he can take a beating, and keep on skating and making plays. He has given the New Jersey Devils some hope.

Thank heaven for Johan Hedberg.

At the start of the season, Hedberg looked like a huge mistake. But he won four games in November and has been solid since Martin Brodeur's injury. He was flat-out awesome against the Flyers on Nov. 27. Since the return date of Marty is still unknown, Hedberg may be pressed into action even more.

Ilya Kovalchuk has been a bust.

I know it's early, both in season and contract. Four goals and one assist in November. Really? Are you joking? That is a major problem. In a season with many pitfalls he has been the biggest. This start has made the Devils the laughingstock of the league. The Devs may have the last laugh in the end, but it may not come this year. 

The road power play stinks.

One goal in 13 road games. It's hard to win when you waste power-play chances on the road. That has to change if the Devils have any shot.

Jason Arnott wasn't bad.

Arnott looked like a bust early on. But five goals in November has been encouraging. With the injuries and Kovalchuk in this fog, Arnott needs to keep it going for the Devils to stay afloat.