It may sound stupid, but this is the kind of shit that gives me a good feeling about this team. The Devils talent level isn't going to leave anyone's jaw dragging on the floor. I don't think you'll find too many people that would argue otherwise. However, a team, in every sense of the word, is greater than the sum of it's parts. Not only has this team shown a proclivity towards playing together of the ice, but they have shown a camaraderie off of it. That's why I don't think this unlikely start to the season is a fluke. These players have bought into a system, and in turn bought into each other.
This is what being a team, a good one anyway, is about. It's about making your goaltender's interview with the media, after returning to the building he used to call home, even more awkward than it needs to be. It's about inside jokes, nicknames, and generally giving your teammates a hard time. Maybe that environment existed the last two years while the Devils were laying on the cold, hard basement floor of the Eastern Conference. Maybe it didn't. We likely will never know since Lou Lamoriello allowed as much internet access amongst the organization as an Amish community. All I know is that these players, the ones who were oft-criticized by pretty much everyone prior to the season, are embracing that doubt. Who knows if they can continue to win at the rate they have been? Who knows if the playoffs are in their future? What we do know is that they believe they can, and that's exponentially more important than the expectations of others. For a franchise that underwent so much turnover it's a minor miracle that chemistry has been the least of their problems. If they can overcome that hurdle then who is to say these ball busting overachievers can't overcome anything that's put in front of them.