While the Blue Jackets have everything working for them, the Devils are once again playing out the string.
The Devils broke a 10-game losing streak Thursday by beating the Philadelphia Flyers 6-2 on Friday night but began a new skid with a 6-4 loss in Pittsburgh the following night. When this season ends, it mark the fifth straight season the Devils have missed the postseason since reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2012.
With their postseason hopes gone, the Devils have been giving a lengthy look at backup goaltender Keith Kinkaid. He started the Devils' past two games while Cory Schneider watched.
"There's a whole different mentality of being a backup to being a starter, the stress of playing back-to-back games, the ability to put a win or a loss right away and come back and play really well," Devils coach John Hynes said, according to the Bergen Record. "That's the challenge for Keith. We're going to see if he's grown in that area." >> Read more