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Devils jump to fourth in East

Feb 20, 2012, 12:35 AM EDT

The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins are stumbling a bit through the dog days of the 2011-12 season, which has opened the door for the surging New Jersey Devils. Peter DeBoer’s team is 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, including a 3-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens tonight:

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The Devils are now in fourth place with 72 points, leaving them one point ahead of both the fifth place Flyers The Devils have 34 wins to 32 for Philly and 26 for Pittsburgh, although New Jersey has lived off of shootouts with a whopping 10 of their 34 victories coming via the skills competition. That leaves the Flyers with 31 regulation/overtime wins, the Penguins with 26 and the Devils with only 24.

It sets up for an interesting race for the four to six seeds, although this study of the Southeast Division race makes an argument that the team that “falls” to the sixth spot could be the real winner – at least in the first round.

  1. martysbetter - Feb 20, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Most underrated, persistent team in the NHL. A lot of ups and downs all year but this team does not quit, don’t forget to mention this run been made missing our #1 center (zajac) and 2 of our top 4 defensemen (tallinder, larsson).

    The Devils are a pain in the ass for any team to play against, I think a lot of people count them out, but it would not surprise me in the least if this squad made a run come playoff time.

    • James O'Brien - Feb 20, 2012 at 1:13 AM

      Great point about Travis Zajac.

    • wryder2k12 - Feb 20, 2012 at 2:31 AM

      Of course Zajac is a huge loss to the team. But saying it wouldnt surprise you if they make a run at playoff time? If you look at the standings, this IS playoff time. Their is a big weight to every game, and the Devils are making the most of it already.

      Check your heels Torts, wouldn’t wanna catch a horn where the sun don’t shine =)

  2. broadstbully33 - Feb 20, 2012 at 5:41 AM

    its now or never cuz parise is gone come july….then its just kovy

  3. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 20, 2012 at 6:39 AM

    the most boring team to watch is the devils. snoozefest everytime they play. nobody wants to see these slugs make the playoffs.

  4. modellforprez - Feb 20, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    word kunilips forget joisy mayb they can get drunk ass snooki or wally d to spice things up cause they r bo-ring. petr daboner sux

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