The Philadelphia Flyers still have a snowball's chance of making the Stanley Cup playoffs, and until it completely melts they're going to keep believing it can happen.
The New Jersey Devils are hoping their next big win comes in the 2017 NHL draft lottery.
On Saturday night, the Flyers (37-32-8, 82 points) will try to keep their playoff hopes alive when they host the Devils (27-36-14, 68 points), who own the third-worst record in the NHL behind the Colorado Avalanche and Arizona Coyotes.
Despite three straight wins, the Flyers remain six points behind the Boston Bruins (88 points) with five games to play. But they are also two points behind the New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes and three points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning.
"We know we could be in a better position," Flyers captain Claude Giroux said. "That's on us, but we can't control what the other teams are going to do. We can only control our games and we've got to hope for some help, but at the end of the day we have to play our game."
There is an underlying level of intrigue to Saturday night's game because of this: Flyers goaltender Steve Mason, who has won four straight games, has never beaten the Devils in his nine-year NHL career. Never, as in 0-9-0 with a 3.93 GAA and an .852 save percentage. The Devils are the only NHL team Mason has never beaten in his career. >>Read more. . ..