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The Devils helped themselves on Thursday night.

Unfortunately for them and their fans, that's the only help they got.

New Jersey remains six back of eighth place now with only five games remaining. The Devils' 3-0 win in Philadelphia kept them alive in the playoff hunt with five games left but did them no other good.

The New York Rangers pummeled Florida, 6-1. The Winnipeg Jets blew a two-goal third-period lead, beating the Carolina Hurricanes.

Meanwhile, the Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders each stayed hot, winning their games.

The Devils are in a  catch-22 tonight too. New Jersey simply must root for the Buffalo Sabres, who will host the Rangers tonight.

New Jersey roots for Buffalo tonight, because a Sabres win will keep the Devils six points behind the No. 8 seed with five games left. New Jersey will have one game in hand on the Rangers with two head-to-head meetings next week.

Meanwhile, the Devils would have two games in hand on Buffalo. Assuming New Jersey wins those two-- no small assumption, but the Devils need to win out anyway-- it would leap frog the Sabres.

Based on what is happening in Boston, it is unknown whether the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins will meet tonight. However, they're scheduled to go at 7. A Pittsburgh win would seal it the East's top seed.

The Bruins and Penguins have been postponed due to the manhunt in Boston. That game's been rescheduled for Tuesday.

Here's the full slate of Eastern Conference games for tonight:

N.Y. Rangers at Buffalo, 7

Pittsburgh at Boston, 7

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