After 41 games this season, the Devils have been a pleasant surprise. They headed into their week-long break third in the Metropolitan division with 52 points.
They trail the Capitals, 57 points, and the Blue Jackets, 53, while having four games in hand on Columbus and three on Washington. They will make up some of that ground in February, as the team plays 14 games in 28 days.
Forward Kyle Palmieri reflected on the first half of the season, content with how the Devils have performed despite limping into the break on a 0-2-3 slide.
"I think our team has played well," Palmieri said, via Andrew Gross of The Record. "Obviously, we had a [5-0-1] homestand where, I think, looking back on it, there were a couple of games where maybe we didn't deserve to win. This road trip, maybe there were a couple of games we deserved better results. It's a tough league to win in whether you're at home or on the road."
In 22 games played this season, Palmieri has 14 points with 6 goals and 8 assists. He has his eyes on the postseason and believes the Devils are well positioned to make that run.
"At the halfway mark, we've put ourselves in a good position to play some meaningful games with a big stretch in January and February to be fighting for a playoff spot," Palmieri said.
The Devils return from their break on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at home against the Flyers.