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There's no hope for a playoff spot for the Devils, but for goaltender Cory Schneider, that doesn't mean they can just fall apart as they head into the final nine games of the season (, March 24).

"The schedule doesn't get any easier," Schneider said, "We go to Washington and we have two more with New York. (We play) Montreal, Tampa Bay and Anaheim. You look at our schedule and, unless we want to get embarrassed, we better keep it together."

But Mike Cammalleri took a slightly more positive approach to the Devils finals games of the season.

"That might be a bit dramatic. The poor guy just received a lot of shots," Cammalleri said of Schneider's comment. "I think we like a lot of the things we're about as a group. Tonight we may not be happy with our effort by any means, but we'll figure out the reason why. It's not as gloomy as that sounds."

Things aren't all doom and gloom for Schneider, who said he believes the Devils have it in them to finish the season strong.

"I think we have it in here," Schneider said. "We just need to do it consistently. Shift to shift, period to period, game to game. I think that's kind of been the problem this year. We'll have a bad period and then we'll have a good one. We'll sort of figure it out. We'll play well one game and not the next."

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