What a difference a year makes.
Last season, the New Jersey Devils finished at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings with 70 points. This season, they've matched that total in 59 games and look to add to their point total Tuesday night when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Prudential Center.
The Devils (31-20-8) already have three more victories than last season and hold a playoff spot in the East. They come into play riding a four-game winning streak, their sixth stretch of three consecutive wins or more this season.
"It's important that we have taken a step in how hard we have to play night in and night out," Devils coach John Hynes said. "I think the commitment level by our group right now, they understand what it is and they're willing to give it on a nightly basis. That's the step we were looking to take. We still have to continue that moving forward." >> Read more
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