At this point, it’s become evident the New Jersey Devils have no chance to make the playoffs for the seventh time in eight years. They are currently 19 points out of the second wildcard spot as of Wednesday. Tuesday night’s outcome served as a painful reminder of the major factors that ultimately put New Jersey in this spot—blown leads, faulty defense, and viciously inept goaltending. For the longtime hardcore New Jersey Devils fans, watching a game feels more obligatory than something genuinely enjoyable.
For those struggling at finding reasons to tune in for these remaining 30 contests, not all hope is lost. While monitoring New Jersey’s distance from the Eastern Conference’s playoff threshold has become a lost cause, there is still reason for fans to follow the team between now and April—to monitor individual player’s progress and see how many can at least end on a high note.
This also allows us to root for certain players to hit particular statistical thresholds that would mark new career-highs, or see them finish an otherwise abysmal season strong. This also allows us to have some hope for next season by seeing these players hit milestones that add confidence to their game.
Here are five seasonal milestones some New Jersey Devils players can achieve that might make this season’s remaining 30 games worth watching. While the likeliness of each one varies, they’re worth keeping track of over the regular season’s final two months.