The Devils earned a point in Thursday's overtime loss to the Panthers, but head coach John Hynes said the team needs to work on many aspects of its game before Saturday's contest.
New Jersey forced overtime in the game, but scored just once on PA Parenteau's goal and were held 0-for-2 on the power play. Florida recorded 10 more shots and won a majority of the faceoffs at 54 percent.
"We have to be way harder on the puck in every facet," Hynes said, according to Andrew Gross of The Record. "How we manage it, how hard we are in the offensive zone. How quickly and hard we defend down low. And it's good, our first three games are all against teams that were in the playoffs last year and are expected to be in the playoffs."
According to Gross, the team used Parenteau on the power play during practice Friday and could use him in that role come Saturday against the Lightning.
"I think when you see him, he's got great poise with the puck," Hynes said of Parenteau. "He knows what to do with it before he gets it. So, on the power play, a lot of times the next play is important. He's got a knack to be able to score goals."