Ilya Kovalchuk is the perfect poster boy for the current version of the Devils.

He's sizzling hot.

He's brimming with confidence.

He's aggressive, effective and energetic.

He is the main reason to believe these resurgent, streaking Devils will make the playoffs.

Kovalchuk's blistering breakaway shot in the second period of Friday night's game against the Rangers sailed past Henrik Lundqvist, hitting the upper right corner of the net and sounding the league-wide alarm that this team is for real.