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Playoff picture sharpens for Devils

Saturday, 03.12.2011 / 11:55 PM / 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 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 40 10 16 -1 26
J. Jagr 43 9 16 -10 25
M. Cammalleri 35 15 6 -3 21
P. Elias 37 6 14 -14 20
M. Zidlicky 47 4 16 -7 20
M. Ryder 42 6 12 -2 18
T. Zajac 39 8 8 -7 16
S. Gomez 23 4 12 -5 16
S. Bernier 32 6 7 1 13
M. Havlat 29 5 7 -10 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 19 4 .920 2.41
K. Kinkaid 1 3 3 .913 2.54