2. Who will step up at defenseman?
The Devils were 29th in the NHL in goals-against per game (3.25) and allowed the sixth-highest shots-against per game (32.7) last season. They're hoping the acquisitions of defensemen Ryan Murray (trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets) and Dmitry Kulikov (free agent) will help improve those numbers.
The NHL is planning for what could be an unusual 2020-21 season with the goal of returning to normal in 2021-22.
Crawford joins Mackenzie Blackwood, who led NHL rookies in wins (22), starts (43), saves (1,328) and shots-against (1,452) last season. He had a 2.77 GAA, a .915 save percentage and three shutouts in 47 games (43 starts). NHL Face Coverings
Sorry if this is off topic, but I'm curious if you know what the policies are with American Hockey League players signing with active ECHL teams seeing as some are set to begin their seasons in the coming weeks. Will AHLers be sent down to stay active? -- @LacesOutFinkleFlorida Panthers Team NHL Face Coverings
1. Have they solved their goaltending issues?
Goaltending was an area that needed improving, so the Devils added two-time Stanley Cup champion Corey Crawford, who agreed to a two-year contract Oct. 9. Nashville Predators Team NHL Face Coverings