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Devils chasing Buffalo for eighth

Sunday, 03.13.2011 / 11:02 AM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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The Rangers' shootout win in San Jose Saturday night means the Devils are chasing Buffalo for the final playoff spot in the East.

The victory moved the Rangers into sole possession of seventh with 76 points. The Sabres, who lost in Toronto on Saturday, sit in eighth with 74.

The Devils (32-32-4, 68 pts) helped their cause on Saturday. Anssi Salmela's overtime goal secured a 3-2 win over the visiting Islanders and moved them within six points of Buffalo with 14 games to go. It also got them to the .500 mark for the first time this season.

As it stands Sunday morning, the Devils have three teams to climb over: Carolina (72), which is two points out, and Toronto and Atlanta (70), which are both four points out. New Jersey has one game in hand on all three.

Just eight points separate seventh from 12th, with six teams in the running for the last two postseason slots.

Buffalo hosts Ottawa on Sunday, meaning the Devils would also have a game in hand on the Sabres by the time Atlanta visits Prudential Center on Tuesday. The Sabres host Carolina that same night.

The Maple Leafs will be looking to get within two points of eighth when they host the Lightning on Monday.

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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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