The Devils are struggling, there are no two ways about it.
A six-game losing streak at this time of year would doom most teams. But New Jersey's gotten points in three of those affairs, softening the blow slightly.
Still, Saturday night's results were tough to swallow if you're a fan of the horns and tail.
Henrik Lundqvist's 48-save performance boosted the Rangers to their second win in three games. The Islanders pummeled the troubled Lightning. Winnipeg and Washington each won its game Saturday too.
And the Devils lost 2-1 to Toronto.
New Jersey will play Sunday in a veritable must-win game. The Devils have played one fewer game than the Isles, two fewer than Winnipeg, and can leap the Jets and move within one points of the Islanders with a win in Buffalo.
The suddenly-hot Sabres, 2-1-2 in their last five and winners of two straight, are within six points of eighth. They need points badly and can move within four points of the idle Isles.
The Washington Capitals, tied with Winnipeg for first in the Southeast, can break that tie with a home win over Tampa Bay.
The Ottawa Senators, presently sixth place in the East, can move into a tie with fifth-place Toronto with a win in Florida.
Here is the entire slate for Sunday's games with playoff implications:
Ottawa at Florida, 6
Tampa Bay at Washington, 7
New Jersey at Buffalo, 7:30