Feb 13, 2011, 4:34 PM EST
After beginning the 2010-11 season with one of the worst starts in franchise history, Jacques Lemaire and the New Jersey Devils are taking “late to the party” to an almost comical extreme.
Going into the new year, even the most optimistic observer probably would have agreed that this team’s playoff hopes were as good as dead. Yet with a ridiculous 12-1-2 run in their last 15 games, the Devils are a semi-reasonable 12 points behind the Atlanta Thrashers and Carolina Hurricanes for the East’s final playoff spot. That’s still a pretty big gap to close with 26 games remaining on New Jersey’s schedule, but if they stay hot, it’s at least plausible. Maybe.
Pierre McGuire and Mike Milbury discussed the key components of this improbable run to playoff relevance (including Ilya Kovalchuk‘s awakening), along with setting the odds on Lemaire coaching the team next season.
- Neal suspended five games for kneeing Marchand in the head 150
- Report: Dion Phaneuf will face hearing for hit on Kevan Miller 97
- Bruins coach admits Thornton crossed the line, slams Pens for not being ‘truthful’ 119
- Lecavalier out 3-4 weeks with non-displaced fracture in back 8
- Islanders players hold closed-door meeting after ninth straight loss 15
- Penguins’ Neal has phone hearing for knee on Bruins’ Marchand 89
- Shawn Thornton confirms hearing with NHL Department of Player Safety (Updated) 88
- Video: Penguins’ Neal knees Bruins’ Marchand 69
- Penguins announce Brooks Orpik ‘alert and conscious’ (Updated) 47
- Shawn Thornton: ‘People could probably criticize that I’m a little too honorable’ 78
- Video: Penguins’ Orpik stretchered off ice; Bruins’ Thornton given match penalty (181)
- Neal suspended five games for kneeing Marchand in the head (150)
- Pens put Orpik on IR (128)
- Bruins coach admits Thornton crossed the line, slams Pens for not being ‘truthful’ (119)
- Report: Dion Phaneuf will face hearing for hit on Kevan Miller (98)