Devils coach Pete DeBoer pointed the finger directly at his team's veteran leaders. It is time to stop showing up for games in the second period.

So far the Devils have started this season just fine, collecting points in each of their first four games with a 3-0-1 record. But he's had enough of lackadaisical starts and warned that his players must begin dictating play from the drop of the puck.

"I think that has to come from the dressing room. The onus, I believe, is on the leadership group and our team to get themselves ready to play," DeBoer said today as the Devils held an optional practice at TD Garden.

"It's not a major issue yet, but it's something we want to nip in the bud. I don't know the reason why two or three games here we've been outshot six or seven to one in the first 10 minutes. We have to fix it. That's a fixable problem."