Mar 31, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Jacob Josefson (16) celebrates with center Ryan Carter (20), and defenseman Adam Larsson (5) after scoring a goal during the third period against the Florida Panthers at Prudential Center. The Devils defeated the Panthers 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

New Jersey Devils Playoff Update: Entering the Final Stretch


Apr 5, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; New Jersey Devils forward Dainius Zubrus (8) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes in the third period at PNC Arena. The Devils won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The New Jersey Devils, Columbus Blue Jackets, Washington Capitals, and Toronto Maple Leafs are in for a wild finish in the wild card race. Don’t look now, but the Philadelphia Flyers could even be in trouble as well. The New Jersey Devils’ playoff chances continue to look a bit brighter.

Going into today’s action, the standings are as follows:

2. Columbus – 77 GP, 85 Points, 34 ROW (regulation and overtime wins)
3. Devils – 78 GP, 84 PTS, 34 ROW
4. Maple Leafs – 79 GP, 84 PTS, 29 ROW
5. Capitals – 78 GP, 83 PTS, 25 ROW

Tonight’s games:

New York Islanders @ Columbus Blue Jackets – The Islanders will look to help the Devils tonight after failing to finish off the Capitals last night. The Islanders have all but sealed the third-worst position in the Eastern Conference at 31-35-11 (73 pts). Columbus currently leads the season series 2-1 but lost the most recent matchup on March 23rd, 2-0 in New York. The only game in Columbus to this point was a 5-2 CBJ win on November 9th.

Buffalo Sabres @ Philadelphia Flyers – If the Flyers were going to collapse and give way to either Columbus, New Jersey, or Washington, tonight would surely be the first crushing blow. The Flyers currently have 87 points and have now lost 2 straight. Buffalo has already clinched last place in the NHL with a record of 21-47-9 (51 pts). Philadelphia can record a 3-game sweep with the win tonight. They won the other meeting in Philly on November 21st with a score of 4-1.

The Devils will be back in action tomorrow night to take on the Calgary Flames.

 

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