The Devils also find themselves in an unfamiliar position: outside the East's top eight.
Five straight losses, two of which came in regulation, coupled with the Islanders' sudden hot streak, have left New Jersey on the outside looking into the playoff party.
The Devils are hardly alone in their misery. The Winnipeg Jets, who have lost seven of 10 in regulation, have dropped out of the Southeast Division lead with only nine games left. The Jets and Washington Capitals are tied for first.
Meanwhile, the Flyers are lurking just two points behind the Devils and Rangers for eighth.
Friday may be a light night for games, but the Rangers will have an opportunity to break the tie with New Jersey with a point or jump the Islanders with a win. New York is in Pittsburgh to meet the suddenly-cold Penguins.
The Senators, not pictured but tied with the Maple Leafs for fifth, can break that tie with a win or overtime loss in Buffalo.
The full Eastern Conference schedule for Friday:
N.Y. Rangers at Pittsburgh, 7
Ottawa at Buffalo, 7