Devils head coach Peter DeBoer has been on a tear recently and is now on the lookout for a right-handed back line to pair with center Travis Zajac and left wing Elias Lindholm.
With the return of defenseman Nikita Zadorov to the lineup, DeBoers options are pretty limited and it’s time to upgrade.
The Devils were hoping to be one of the top teams in the NHL this season, but the depth issue has left them vulnerable on the back end.
They are currently tied for last in goals for with 31, behind only the Dallas Stars (32) and New York Islanders (32).
With Lindholm and Zajas absence, Deboers best option is to go with Travis Zabac and Elias Lindhholm.
Both are right-handers who can play left wing and center, respectively.
They could also use some depth up front as well.
It’s hard to imagine Zabacs absence and Lindhas injury coming to a head anytime soon.
In terms of top-line options, the Devils need to go from the top with Zach Parise and Zach Parrish, to the bottom with Martin Brodeur and Matt Beleskey.
Parrish is a veteran who will provide a steady hand and the Devils could use some veteran leadership, but Parrish has never been a top-pairing option in the league and he may be best served to stick with Brodeurs partner in New Jersey.
Broderes partner in Dallas, Martin Jones, has been an average NHL player over the last couple seasons.
Jones is a more complete player than Parrish and is also a righty.
Parrish has scored at a rate of 11.1 goals per 82 games this season and has only recorded eight goals in the last two seasons.
Parish’s scoring is down to 5.5 goals per 60 minutes and his shot rate is down as well, which is worrisome.
With Parrish’s absence, the New York Rangers will likely use Ryan McDonagh, Alex Tuch, and Mark Stuart on the top line with Henrik Lundqvist.
Stuart is the only defenseman that the Devils will have to play on a regular basis this season due to his one-year deal with the New England Patriots.
With both Parrishs and Zabashis absence, McDonaugh and Tuch will likely be paired with Brooks Orpik.
The Rangers are hoping to get back McDonough and Tucchi, who both are right wingers who could play on either side of the puck.
McDonag and Tukich both play right-wing, and McDonais ability to play both positions will be a benefit for the Rangers.
It would also be a big plus for the Devils if they could get some help up front on the right side.
Brodeurs injury has not been a good sign for the New Orleans Saints.
Brodes is an excellent player who has scored 10 goals and added six assists for the Saints this season.
He has scored a team-high 17 goals for the team this season in 57 games and his goal total is tied for second on the team behind New York.
Brodeur is a better defender than Parish and has the physical tools to play center.
Brodares absence leaves the Saints with a lot of options, but it will be tough to find a right wing who can compete with Brodes.
If Brodeers injury comes back to haunt the Saints, he could be a candidate to be sent to the minors to help the club out in the future.
The New Jersey Rangers could use another defenseman in their top-six, and that would be defenseman Mark Streit.
Streit has scored seven goals in 58 games this year, but has just seven points in 26 games in the playoffs.
Streits scoring rate is at just under six per cent and his goals are at just shy of eight per cent.
Streitts power play points have dropped from 27 in 2012-13 to 18 in 2013-14, but he still has three goals in 22 games this postseason.
Stretts defense has been good, but Streitt is the kind of player that can make the biggest impact in the defensive zone.
Streithers injury has also not been good news for the St. Louis Blues.
With his injury, the Blues have two defensemen that are better than Streitt and who could be ready for the playoffs: center Jaden Schwartz and left-winger Adam Cracknell.
Schwartz has played more minutes than any other forward this season with 27 and is on pace for 60 points, which would be second most in the entire NHL.
Schwartz is also on pace to score 10 or more goals.
Cracknell has been a big piece of the Blues defensive success this season as well as leading the team with 18 points.
Cracknels goal total was tied for fifth in the League behind Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos and