Where once was the promise of greatness, there now are examples.

It's not Trottier-Bossy, Gretzky-Kurri, but some of the plays Patrik Elias and Ilya Kovalchuk have made lately for the Devils are reminders of the wonder combos of the past.

With Zach Parise, they form a super line, but coach Pete DeBoer is mostly keeping Elias and Kovalchuk on separate threesomes for scoring balance. Still, it's a formidable force he can unleash at will, a tactic that requires an answer from opponents, one that can be expected to be seen in the playoffs.