I'm looking at this season....AND the long run. But first things first. I expect a postseason spot and once you get there, roll the dice.
My take on the netminders is that while Thomas was ridiculous last postseason, last several Cup winners for the most part have received very good, but not out of this world goaltending. I mean, I'll put Marty/Hedberg's work to date this season up against Niemi, spring 2010, Fleury '09, or Osgood '08. Regardless, they will have to step it up, as you suggest, in order for NJD to make the postseason and do something, once there.
Bottom line, this is far from a finished product and they will lose game moving forward, of course. But this team clearly is progressing,as the season moves on. Which is a very encouraging sign.
It's encouraging because this team has been interesting to say the least when placed in a bubble underdog position.
It's still a toss up, but it will come down to who the rental is come march/april.