WASHINGTON -- With their first Stanley Cup playoff berth since 2012 safely in hand, the New Jersey Devils have one game left to see if they can improve their position when they visit the Washington Capitals on Saturday night.
The Devils (44-28-9) clinched a playoff spot by defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 on Thursday night at the Prudential Center.
"We did it. We didn't rely on anyone. It's a sense of accomplishment," Devils forward Brian Boyle told nhl.com. "The battling for playoff positioning and trying to clinch, it's all part of the fun of it. Emotions rise, tensions rise, you work hard and you get rewarded. We did it together."
The Devils will finish with at least 97 points -- 99 if they defeat the Capitals -- far above the 70 points by last season's club that finished at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division. >> Read more
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