Every great sports team in the world has an identity, something teams hang their hat on seeing every time they play the team. For the Flyers of the 70's it was the bruising, intimidating game. For the great Oiler teams of the 80's, it was the offense with Gretzky and Messier. For the Devils of the 90's and 2000's it was the defense that would strangle you and keep you from scoring.
For the 2010, post-lockout Devils, John Maclean coached Devils, what is our identity?
Are we an offensive juggernaut capable of scoring enough goals to keep you on your heals at all times ala the Capitals?
No (we are ranked 30th in the league).
Are we the Devils of old that trap you to death?
Do we work hard and play intimidating, hard hitting, Flyer-esque hockey marked by effective forechecking?
Are we the bend but don't break team that gives the other team quality chances but get away with it and take advantage of the other team's errors to win games?
Because until we find out identity we will be the free agent acquisition "fixes all" NY Ranger team of the pre-lockout
So, I ask you, what type of team are the Devils of 10-11? Because from what I've seen, we do not have an identity under John Maclean. Until we do, I will continue to shake my head every game at times like these where I am without hope.