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The Islanders and New York Rangers run at the Nassau Coliseum didn't close with a brawl or a high scoring contest, rather it ended the same way it began; a 2-1 win by the Blueshirts.

It was a coincidental close to the rivalry's era?at Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders will move to Brooklyn's Barclays Center next season, shuttering a building that has been home since the team's inception in 1972, and giving the rivalry between the two teams a different feel.

Nassau Coliseum has long been the building that brings out some of the best moments between the Rangers and Isles. Madison Square Garden does not have the same feel as the Coliseum does and the mixed crowd of fans from both fan bases really livens the old barn up.

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The Islanders and New York Rangers rivalry came to the end of an era Tuesday night in the Islanders 2-1 loss to the Rangers.

Rick Nash's third period goal served as the game winner in the final regular season meeting ever between the two teams at Nassau Coliseum. Another sold out crowd witnessed an entertaining 60 minute affair between the rival clubs and witnessed a come from behind victory for the visiting Rangers.

Anders Lee gave the Islanders the 1-0 lead in a good first period for the Islanders, but the Rangers evened the score up in the second off of an impressive goal by Kevin Hayes. Nash then caught a break when a shot at the net redirected off the skate of Ryan Strome and past Jaroslav Halak.

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The Islanders will host the New York Rangers at 7 p.m. at Nassau Coliseum. MSG Plus will have the television broadcast and WHRU 88.7 FM, along with LI News Radio 103.9 FM, will cary the radio call.

The "Battle of New York" will commence one final time during the regular season tonight.

The Islanders (43-21-4) enter tonight's game clinging to a three point lead in the Metropolitan Division and have gotten points in their last four games, which includes a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Monday night. The Rangers (40-17-7) have been winners in four of their last six games.

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. ? It was hard not to salivate over the thought of the Rangers and Islanders meeting in the postseason on Monday night.

For once this season the Islanders and Rangers lived up to the hype that encompasses the game anytime the two meet. Monday's game was quite the show for anyone who ponied up the dough to attend the game or who tuned in at home on TV.

There was scoring, there was a great atmosphere and the Islanders and Rangers rivalry seemed to be heating back up. Now, the rivalry has always been there, more so in the stands than on the ice in recent, but it was in full swing on Monday.

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It's the battle of New York at the Nassau Coliseum, as the Islanders host the New York Rangers. The home broadcast can be found on MSG Plus. WRHU 88.7 FM and 103.9 LI News Radio has the radio call. ?The Islanders (37-18-1) will battle the rival New York Rangers in the fourth meeting of the season. It also the second game between these two teams at the Coliseum.

The Rangers (33-16-5) have won six of their last 10 games and are four points behind the Islanders for first place in the Metropolitan Division. The Blueshirts have not won any of their three meetings with the Isles this season and in each game surrendered three or more goals.

The Islanders would like to keep up their strong play against their rival and know that they will need to work hard to get the win.

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Islanders begin the second half of the season the way they ended the first half.

The Islanders defeated the New York Rangers 4-1 Tuesday night at a sold-out Nassau Coliseum. It was the Islanders' third win in as many games against the Blueshirts this year. It was also the third consecutive time that Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist allowed three or more goals against the Islanders.

The victory pushes the Isles further in front of the Rangers. They are seven points ahead of their Manhattan rival in the Metropolitan Division and moved back into first place in the Eastern Conference.

Tags: Islanders, jack capuano, Jaroslav Halak, john tavares, new york islanders, new york rangers
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Update 9:52: Tuesday's game could be moved to Wednesday due to the impending storm. Pierre McGuire said, during an appearance on TSN 1050?radio in Toronto, "that there's a real good chance that [Islanders vs Rangers] will get canceled and moved to Wednesday night."


The New York Islanders will return to work after the All-Star break just in time for a potentially historic snow storm to hit Long Island.

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The hype was there for the Islanders and New York Rangers second meeting of the 2014-15 season, but aside from a tussle after the final buzzer there was no big game feel during the 60 minute affair at Madison Square Garden.

The sold-out crowd did see a good game, and the pocket of Islander fans that made the trip to Manhattan left happy, but the true flair of Islanders versus Rangers wasn?t all there. Maybe the fisticuffs at the end were a primer for what is to come when the two teams do battle again on Long Island in two weeks.

The Nassau Coliseum is usually the livelier of the two venues and brings out the spirit of the Islanders, Rangers rivalry.

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NEW YORK -- It's not too often that audible "Let's Go Islanders" chants break out at the end of an Islanders-Rangers game at Madison Square Garden. But on Tuesday, they did for the second time this season as the final buzzer sounded on a 3-0 Isles win.

The Islanders scored three goals in the second period and Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves to shut out the Rangers at the Garden for the first time since Billy Smith did it on Dec. 17, 1975. The win, in a game Rangers coach Alain Vigneault preemptively labeled a "New York Classic," moved the Islanders into first place in the Eastern Conference, seven points ahead of the Rangers.

"It's a good win," Frans Nielsen said. "We knew they were going to come at us the first 10 minutes. We were lucky a couple times there. They couldn't go like that all game, we knew that, we got more time and we worked our way in the game. We played perfect the last 40 minutes."

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Meetings ?between the Islanders and New York Rangers have not meant much in seasons past, but when the two teams take the ice at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, two very valuable points will be on the line.

It really hasn't been since the 90s that a meeting between New York's two hockey clubs was something of a must-see event, but with every other New York sports team seemingly out of the picture, the Rangers and Islanders will take center stage. The Isles sit atop the Metropolitan Division and have been one of the best teams in the league through much of the first half of the season.

The Rangers have gotten hot, winning 13 of their last 14 games. It is the first time since 1973 that the Blueshirts have accomplished such a feat. Equally as impressive is the fact that the Rangers are the first team since the 1997-98 Montreal Canadiens to defeat the Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers all on the road.

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The anniversary of the Santa brawl that took place 11 years ago at?Nassau Coliseum may have been on Tuesday, but there is no better time to look back at it than on Christmas Eve.

The date was December 23, 2003 and the Islanders thought it would be a nice idea to invite fans to come to that night's game dressed as Santa. Anyone who did so would be allowed to attend the game for free. The team expected only a few hundred people to take part, but, according to the Associated Press, about 1,000 Santas showed up.

They were allowed to parade around the ice during the first intermission and all was going well. That was until one Santa took off his red jacket to reveal a New York Ranger Jersey.

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The Islanders are off to their best start since 2001-02 when they went 4-0-0 to start the year. Three games into the season and they successfully made it over their first big hurdle; beating the Eastern Conference Champion New York Rangers. A rough forty minutes gave way to a strong twenty in the third to overcome being outplayed in the first two periods.

For the game recap click here?and for the game?story click here.?

Below are some quick thoughts and notes from the Garden:

  • Jaroslav Halak is earning his money early on. The Islander net minder made 40 saves for the Islander, with 32 of them coming in the first two periods. Halak kept the Islanders in the game when he needed to, which allowed the Islanders have the third period that they did. If not for several of Halak's saves -- especially on the power play and in the second period -- the Rangers easily could have been the team that ended the game with a 6-3 victory. Instead, Halak gave a strong performance, except for a soft goal in the first period, and led the Islanders to a win
  • Johnny Boychuk continues to come up big for the Islanders. The defenseman scored the team's first goal in the opening period off his, now, signature slap shot from the point. The Islanders have been waiting quite some time for a defender who can quarterback the power play and has a scary shot to boot. Safe to say it seems they have their man.
  • Power play did not get its usual bulk of the Islanders scoring -- something that Jack Capuano was happy about in the sense that five-on-five the Islanders played well and scored a majority of the points -- but they did contribute going 1-for-4 on the man advantage. The Power play has been a strong point for the Isles early in the year.
  • The penalty kill did not allow a single for the first time this season. They went 3-for-3 a man down, in large part because of the play of Halak between the pipes. The PK was not great on Tuesday night, but it held it's own and got stronger as the game progressed. The Isles best kill came in the second period right after Tavares tied the game. They kept the Rangers from establishing any quality chances and, more importantly, kept the home team from regaining momentum.
  • The first and second period efforts were not there last night. As I said earlier, the game easily could have been out of reach by the end of the first two periods. The Isles will need to play stronger out of the gate going forward.
  • That third period is how the Isles should have played all game. The Islanders had everything going for them in the period. They played with high energy, forced the Rangers to make mistakes and got the bounces they need. The positive to take away from this is that this team found a way to win after a bad two periods, and that's what good teams do. Obviously not something you want to see every game, but it has to be comforting to know that they can pull it off when they need to.
  • Kyle Okposo recorded his 100th career goal on Tuesday against the Rangers 48 seconds into the third period.
  • Nick Leddy recorded his first goal as a New York Islander.
  • Islanders are off to their best start since 2001-02, when they went 4-0-0 in their first four games.
  • Brock Nelson, Johnny Boychuk, John Tavares, and Kyle Okposo have all recorded points in each of the first three games of the year.
Tags: brock nelson, Islanders, jack capuano, Jaroslav Halak, john tavares, Johnny Boychuk, kyle okposo, new york islanders, new york rangers, Nick Leddy, Some Thoughs

NEW YORK -- The Islanders are off to a perfect start this season, but their 6-3 win over the New York Rangers was far from it on Tuesday night.

And while the players and coaching staff were happy about the win, there was no back patting in the Islanders dressing room. The visitors from Long Island played a strong third period from start to finish. The dominating four goal period helped push them passed the city dwelling Blue Shirts, but their first two periods put them in a serious bind.

"I thought we weren't playing a very good hockey game. We were turning pucks over a lot and we gave up over 40 shots tonight, so I think we feel fortunate to have a goaltender that really kept us in the game," John Tavares said. "I just like the way everyone came out hungry, played aggressive in the third there and we got rewarded. We knew we had to be a lot better after the first forty."

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From the Steel City, we move to the Big Apple.

The rival New York Rangers are coming off their best season since 1994. The Blue Shirts went 45-31-6 -- finishing second in the Metropolitan and fifth in the east -- reaching the Stanley Cup final in their first year under new head coach Alain Vigneault. They ultimately fell to the Los Angeles Kings in five games.

The 2014-15 Rangers will look relatively similar to last years version, minus some small changes. The Rangers were able to sign free agent defenseman Dan Boyle to a two year contract. They were also able to ink Kevin Hayes to a two year, entry-level contract after he declined to sign with the Chicago Blackhawks.

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4:59PM: McDonagh is ranked 11th in the NHL.com ranking of top defensemen. (NHL.com)

9/3/14 | 4:15PM: After doubling his career high of goals in a season from 7 to 14 last year, Ryan McDonagh was named Team MVP and was voted MVP by his teammates.

His 14 goals broke down as 9 at even strength, 2 on the PP, 3 shorthanded.

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NBC and the NHL have released their schedule of games for the 2014-15 season:

  • 11/5: Red Wing 8PM NBCSN
  • 11/19: Flyers 8PM NBCSN
  • 11/18: @Flyers 1PM NBC
  • 1/7: @Anaheim 10:30PM NBCSN
  • 1/18: @Penguins 12:30PM NBC
  • 1/29: Montreal 7PM NBCSN
  • 2/4: Bruins 8PM NBCSN
  • 2/28: Flyers 8PM NBC
  • 3/4: @Red Wings 8PM NBCSN
  • 3/8: @Chicago 7:30PM NBCSN
  • 3/11: @Washington 8PM NBCSN
  • 3/18: Chicago 8PM NBCSN
  • 3/22: Anaheim 7:30PM NBCSN
  • 3/24: LA 7PM NCSN
Tags: 2014-15, 2014-15 New York Rangers schedule, Adam Rotter

The Rangers have officially announced their preseason schedule which features six games in 13 days.

  • Monday September 22 vs. New Jersey Madison Square Garden 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday September 26 at Chicago Chicago, IL 7:30 p.m.
  • Monday September 29 vs. Philadelphia Madison Square Garden 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday September 30 at Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday October 3 vs. Chicago Madison Square Garden 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday October 4 at New Jersey Newark, NJ 7:00 p.m.

NEW YORK, June 23, 2014 ? The New York Rangers announced their 2014 pre-season schedule today, featuring three games at Madison Square Garden and a total of six games in 13 days.

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The Rangers have released their 2014-15 schedule.

The Rangers open the season against the Blues on 10/9 in St. Louis, the Blue Jackets on 10/11 in Columbus and then Toronto on 10/12 in the home opener.

In the Metropolitan Division, the Rangers have:

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The NHL has announced that the Rangers home opener will be on October 12th and they will take on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Rangers will face the Blues in their home opener on October 9th.

The Rangers will face Columbus on October 11th in the Blue Jackets home opener.

Tags: 2014-15 New York Rangers schedule, Adam Rotter

The Rangers will host the Ottawa Senators in one of their last games of the 2014-15 regular season on April 9, 2015. (Ottawa Sun)

The Senators will end their regular season two days later in Philadelphia. (Ottawa Sun)

The Rangers are expected, for the first time in three seasons, have home preseason games at MSG and home games in October since the renovation at Madison Square Garden has finished. (Steve Zipay)

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Relegated to the back page and beyond on most days in the New York/New Jersey area, for one day in January, hockey was king.

The sights were incredible. Gazing upon Yankee Stadium decked out in NHL logos was quite a sight. There was a buzz even before you entered the stadium. With media crews working to get fan interviews and photos, it was clear that this event was so, so much more than just a regular game.

The Atmosphere

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New Jersey Devils at New York Rangers, 7 pm

Madison Square Garden, Newark, New York

TV:?MSG+ ?Radio:?WFAN 101.9 fm, 660 am

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?It?s great, I think the effort?s been there but obviously the result hasn?t been there but I think it was tonight. The guys played a full 60 minutes, even when we were ahead going into the third, we wanted to play the right way and finish the game the right way and I thought everybody played great.?

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?It?s funny, we were slumping a little bit, but we felt we were playing the right way, these games are always intense, there?s always that rivalry, I think it was a good matchup at the right time?

- Adam Henrique on the team's 4-0 win.
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Andrei Loktionov, Adam Henrique, Michael Ryder and Dainius Zubrus all scored for New Jersey, en-route to a 4-0 win over the New York Rangers at Prudential Center.

For the Devils, the home ice was a welcome respite after a 0-3-2 road trip as New Jersey won their first game of the season, with a strong performance over their rivals.

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By Dave Turner and Jeff O'Connor

With the season upon us, it's time to see how the Devils stack up with the rest of the Metropolitan Division. With plenty of talent across the board, the Metro division should be one of the most competitive in the league.

Dave's Picks:?

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It might not count in the standings, but tonight we're finally treated to some Devils hockey for the first time since their April 27th loss at Madison Square Garden.

For some players, this is their first major chance to prove that they belong on the roster. For others, it's a chance to get some live game action and work towards being ready for the season.

Tags: Adam Larsson, Alexander Urbom, Analysis, cory schneider, Eric Gelinas, Gameday, Hockey, MATTIAS TEDENBY, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, NHL, Notes, Pregame Thoughts, preseason, Reid Boucher, Upcoming Matchup
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The NHL announced a January doubleheader at Yankee Stadium to conclude their "Stadium Series." The games are as follows:

Rangers at Devils on Jan. 26, 2014

Rangers at Islanders on Jan. 29, 2014

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https://twitter.com/ChrisBottaNHL/statuses/334503420679577600

That it will be a Devils home game is a huge get for the franchise. Not only will the Devils get all the gate proceeds, but I believe Devils season-ticket holders also get more of the available tickets. We'll have more reaction when it's official later in the week.

Tags: Buzz, Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Rangers, Yankee Stadium

Even though the Devils' 2013 season is over, we can still look back at some great moments in New Jersey's playoff history.

On May 2...

1997- Scott Niedermayer and John MacLean each score goals, and Martin Brodeur makes 21 saves in New Jersey's 2-0 win over the New York Rangers in game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Tags: Grant Marshall, John MacLean, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Notes, Scott Niedermayer, Tampa Bay Lightning
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Last month, we told you the NHL was planning a series of outdoor games in 2014 to capitalize on the first post-lockout season, the Olympic buildup and the Super Bowl that will be hosted by New York and New Jersey. Today, the news (kind of) became official):

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/329600782800400385

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/329601708361650176

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Even though the Devils' 2013 season is over, we can still look back at some great moments in New Jersey's playoff history.

On April 29...

1994- Claude Lemieux's power-play goal at 13:49 of the second period proves to be the game-winner in New Jersey's 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres in game 7 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Tags: Brian Gionta, Buffalo Sabres, Claude Lemieux, Colin White, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Notes, PATRIK ELIAS, Toronto Maple Leafs
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https://twitter.com/nhldevilspr/status/327890426751234050

?It's been a long time since Martin Brodeur sat out a game at Madison Square Garden, but it looks like Sunday will be the battle of the backup goalies.

I think it's surprising if Brodeur doesn't start. But if DeBoer wants to do it, it's his prerogative.

Tags: Buzz, Johan Hedberg, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers

Even though the Devils' playoff chances are finished for 2013, we can still look back at some great moments in New Jersey's playoff history.

On April 26...

1997- Martin Brodeur records career playoff shutout No. 5, as the Devils beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-0 in game five, claiming their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series 4-1.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Florida Panthers, Jamie Langenbrunner, Martin Brodeur, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Notes, PATRIK ELIAS, Tampa Bay Lightning
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Even though the Devils' playoff chances are finished for 2013, we can still look back at some great moments in New Jersey's playoff history.

On April 24...

2003- Martin Brodeur records a playoff shutout, and Jamie Langenbrunner registers a goal and an assist in New Jersey's win over the Tampa Bay Lighting in game one of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, From The Stands, Jamie Langenbrunner, John Madden, Los Angeles Kings, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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Links: Twitter | NHL.com recap

A lifeless start, a couple of bad penalty calls and suddenly the Devils were frustrated, losing and on their way to playoff elimination. All in all, a sad but fitting end (as far as playoff chances go) to a season that was flawed from the get-go. Some thoughts...

Two things: When you combine a lack or energy with some questionable officiating, you usually get one of two results. Sometimes the team will take on an "us against the world" mentality, snap out of their funk and go on a tear the rest of the game. That didn't happen today. Instead, the Devils went further into their shell and seemingly quit on the game and essentially their season. Even Martin Brodeur admitted that he felt his teammates gave up when things didn't go their way. The Devils basically mailed in the first period, negating to forecheck or apply any sort of offensive pressure on the Rangers. It was almost like the Devils came out assuming they were already eliminated from the playoffs. While it was a mathematical eventuality, it's still disconcerting to hear players after the game talk about how they knew it was just a matter of time. When you hear stuff like that, you can understand why you get a first period like the Devils had today.

Tags: Andrei Loktionov, BRYCE SALVADOR, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Ilya Kovalchuk, JACOB JOSEFSON, Johan Hedberg, Marek Zidlicky, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts
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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.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Scoreboard Watching, Winnipeg Jets
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Tags: Around The Links, Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Peter Harrold, Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets

Down six points with just six games left, it's time for the Devils to start helping themselves.

We can go over the scenarios every day, but without New Jersey wins it doesn't matter. The Devils are 0-6-4 in their last 10 yet are still mathematically alive.

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Yesterday, we talked about the Devils had to stop worrying about what other teams were doing and just win a game. Well, that didn't happen. They didn't even get an overtime point and now likely have to go 6-1 the rest of the way to make the playoffs, which includes a two-game sweep of the Rangers in the final week.

So tonight, the Devils have no choice but to sit back and root for the other teams. The Senators are off tonight, but they're completely out of reach. The Islanders are not "untouchable" but they're a pretty difficult team to catch.

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(Editor's note: Buffalo and Philly are only pictured because they haven't been mathematically eliminated -- yet. We'll see ya in October, fellas.)

The Devils were in rough shape entering play Thursday night. Then the Senators, Islanders and Jets won in regulation, making the six and seven seeds basically unreachable and adding yet another ROW to Winnipeg's already impossible number. Those wins, combined with New Jersey's regulation loss Wednesday, put the Devils hoping for a Jets collapse and a sweep of the two-game mini-series against the Rangers in the final week of the season. That of course assumes the Devils keep pace with the Rangers until that point, which brings me to my next point.

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It's getting late fast for the Devils.

New Jersey's 5-4 loss to Boston Wednesday leaves it in dire straits. The Devils trail the three-way tie for sixth by four points with only eight games left.

The only solace New Jersey can take is it will have destiny in its own hands. The Devils will meet Ottawa Friday in a crucial affair at Prudential Center. Three of New Jersey's final eight will be against the Rangers and Sens.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers, James Reimer, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Scoreboard Watching, Toronto Maple Leafs
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