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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 MTL 64 41 18 5 172 142 87
2 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
3 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
11 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 52 24 10 5 34
A. Henrique 57 12 20 -2 32
P. Elias 54 10 17 -12 27
S. Gomez 40 5 19 -10 24
T. Zajac 56 10 10 -3 20
S. Bernier 49 10 9 0 19
A. Larsson 46 3 16 5 19
M. Ryder 44 6 12 -2 18
A. Greene 64 2 13 7 15
E. Gelinas 44 5 9 -2 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 24 23 6 .928 2.17
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59