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Playoff picture sharpens for Devils

Saturday, 03.12.2011 / 11:55 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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On Saturday, the Devils beat the Islanders in overtime, then got plenty of help in their playoff quest with losses by both Buffalo and Carolina.

No matter the outcome of the Rangers' game in San Jose, the Devils were assured of being no worse than six points behind the eighth spot by Sunday morning.

The Sabres lost 4-3 in Toronto, while Carolina lost 3-2 at home to 12th-place Columbus.

A win or an OT loss by the Rangers Saturday against the Sharks, and they would move ahead of Buffalo into seventh place. With no points, the Rangers would remain in a points tie with the Sabres, though Buffalo would hold seventh because of its two games in hand.

With 68 points, the Devils still have to climb over three teams: the Hurricanes, who are two points behind Buffalo with 72; and the Maple Leafs and Thrashers, who with 70 points apiece are both four behind the Sabres.

New Jersey hosts Atlanta on Tuesday.

After consecutive OT wins to reach the .500 mark, the Devils are feeling pretty good about staying on this roll with just 14 games left.

"I think we’re definitely looking forward to playing again and keeping everything going," Martin Brodeur said. "We just played back-to-back overtime games and we’re definitely going to welcome the two days of rest here before we have to get back at it on Tuesday."

Jacques Lemaire has said the playoffs were unrealistic until the deficit had been whittled down to five points.

What about now that it's six points?

"Ask me at five," he said.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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