The New Jersey Devils are pleased with themselves right now, but not to the point where they feel comfortable.
"You have to be proud of our record to this point of the season and take confidence in that," forward Taylor Hall said.
"But at the same time, we were 9-3-3 last year and we finished 27th. We have a lot to improve. If you look at our last few games, we have been outshot and outplayed a bit. We have to figure it out quickly."
The Devils bring a 9-3-0 record into Sunday's stop in Calgary, where they will clash with the Flames at 7 p.m. Mountain.
New Jersey is coming off its first road loss of the season Friday night in a 6-3 defeat in Edmonton. The last remaining team to remain unbeaten on the road, the Devils are an impressive 5-1 away from home, which has elevated them to the top spot in the Metropolitan Division.
"We felt the last couple of games we haven't played as soundly as we wanted to," head coach John Hynes said Saturday. "There were excellent pockets in the game (Friday). But we want to see more consistency and we addressed those areas in practice and video.
"The other part is a mindset. We do have skill and talent but to win in this league there has to be tremendous work ethic and compete and play on the same page and to play to identity." >> Read more
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