You might be asking why we removed the top six from today's equation.
The Devils are just sitting there in seventh place. They're five points behind the tied-Ontario teams for fifth place; they're four points better than the two deadlocked-New York squads.
And New Jersey kind of seems content to sit there.
The Devils blew two opportunities to get extra points on Friday and Saturday in Florida. With those two points, the Devs would only be three points out of fifth and would've put the muddled mess at the bottom deep into their rear-view mirror.
Instead, they gagged leads late and lost in overtime.
If the Devils can beat the ninth-placed Isles Monday, they'll put themselves in a better position. New Jersey would lead the Islanders by six points with only 12 games to play.
A loss, especially in regulation, and the Isles are sitting there just two points back.
The Rangers are in the mix too, hosting Winnipeg Monday at 7 p.m. New York has not yet beaten the Jets this year but can creep closer to the Devils.
The Rangers DEFINITELY want the Devils and Isles to stay out of overtime tonight and would probably prefer the Devils to win and keep the Isles at bay.
The Hurricanes, just two points behind the Rangers and Islanders, trek to Montreal tonight and will hope for help from the Devils and Jets. Carolina's played the fewest games of any Eastern Conference team, meaning it'll have a chance to make up ground in the coming weeks.
Philadelphia, fresh off a 5-4 overtime win over Washington on Sunday, is rooting for Winnipeg, Montreal and New Jersey tonight. The Flyers are also only two points back but have played one more game than the Rangers.
Here are the Eastern Conference games of note for April 1:
N.Y. Islanders at DEVILS, 7
Winnipeg at N.Y. Rangers, 7
Carolina at Montreal, 7:30