The New Jersey Devils have held a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference every day since winning their season opener on Oct. 7.
Yet with only five games remaining on their schedule, the Devils are clinging to the eighth and final playoff berth in the East, trying to stave off a late-season push by the surging Florida Panthers.
On Saturday night at the Prudential Center, the Devils (40-28-9) look to take another step closer to their first playoff appearance in six years when they host the New York Islanders (32-36-10).
The Devils are 6-2-1 in their last nine games, coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, a defeat that snapped a three-game winning streak that solidified New Jersey's hold on the second wild card in the East.
"The last stretch of games, we've been playing some good hockey and finding ways to string wins together," said Devils winger Kyle Palmieri, who has four goals in his last three games. "We have to reset quickly after (the loss to Pittsburgh) and get ready for a big weekend and see where this weekend takes us." << Read more
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