Mar 14, 2014; Sunrise, FL, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) reacts in the third period of a game against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. The Panthers won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

The New Jersey Devils Are In Trouble

Mar 14, 2014; Sunrise, FL, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) gives up a goal to Florida Panthers right wing Scottie Upshall (not pictured) in the third period at BB&T Center. The Panthers won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

After their initial surge, the New Jersey Devils find themselves 5 points out of a playoff spot and behind 2 teams before they even reach the wild card spots.

The offense may have jolted to a start but the defense has completely fallen apart.

That’s this team in a nutshell. Cracking open that shell is a matter for a different day.

As for the playoff situation, it isn’t getting any better. Luckily, tomorrow night, the Devils will not see any competing teems in action after the Washington Capitals won earlier today. The Detroit Red Wings will be in action later tonight.

The Capitals are currently 2 points out of a playoff spot while the Red Wings are 3. There is also the hope that the Metropolitan Division starts to falter as well.

Right now, the last wild card spot and the last Metropolitan spot is shared by the New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets at 76 points.

To say the Devils are done is a bit of a long shot right now. Point-wise they aren’t.

The problem is that their defensive play has been so horrific that it is hard to believe that they can immediately fix it.

Maybe I’m too optimistic of a Devils fan. Maybe I’m delusional.

All I know is that the Devils are in some serious trouble. While it’s not outlandish for them to still mount a run, their recent play suggests otherwise.

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