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Devils clinging to playoff spot after loss to Islanders

Apr 1, 2013, 10:51 PM EDT

The New Jersey Devils, the Eastern Conference champions from last season, cling to a playoff spot and are only two points up on the New York Islanders following a 3-1 loss Monday night.

The Devils are 3-3-4 in their last 10 games and are currently without Ilya Kovalchuk, who remains out of the lineup with a shoulder injury. It was a horrible start that did the Devils in on Monday.

The Islanders scored twice within the first eight minutes of the opening period, before John Tavares provided the insurance in the third period with his 22nd goal of the season.

Following the loss, Devils head coach Peter DeBoer essentially told reporters that New Jersey’s playoff destiny was in its own hands.

 

  1. jdrew506 - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Typical of this site to talk about the devils loss rather then how it was a great Islander win. I especially liked how the devils tried to get tough and Martin knock him the f–k out. All around a great and needed win for the islanders

    • bcisleman - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:22 PM

      The point of the article was that last year’s Eastern champ is struggling to make the playoffs–which is fair enough. Isles can go into the deadline as the 8th seed & tied w/ the NJD in points w/ a win tomorrow vs WIN.

  2. martysbetter - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    This team has been playing like garbage for the last 20 games or so – its been all downhill since they swept the Pens in a home & home.

    Still a chance for them to get hot at the right time, but I’m starting to seriously doubt that this team has enough skill to get very far this year.

    An NHL leading 6 shootout losses doesn’t help, but I can’t complain because they really took advantage of that last year.

    • bcisleman - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      NJD & NYR both have tough schedules from here on in whereas NYR & BOS are only current playoff teams Isles face & only once each the rest of the way. Playoff spot is the Isles for the taking unless Nabby goes down. Hope Garth trades for a backup.

      • martysbetter - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:41 PM

        Truth be told, I’m secretly pulling for the Isles to make the playoffs (unless its at the expense of my Devils of course) – it’d be great for that franchise and they deserve it, NYI have been a really tough team to play against all season.

      • stakex - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:53 PM

        Once the Rangers get past the two Pens games this week, their schedule is fairly soft actually. They play Florida twice, Hurricanse twice, Devils twice, Toronto twice, the Flyers, the Islanders and Buffalo. Thats not a bad sched at all, since most of those teams are cold as can be right now. The Devils do actually have a tough finish to the season though, with only three games against teams outside a playoff spot.

        Also the Rangers and Boston are NOT the only teams the Islanders play currently holding a playoff spot. The Jets, and Maple Leafs are also in playoff spots right now… and the Caps are quite hot at the moment, so their lack of playoff spot doesn’t mean a whole lot.

      • bcisleman - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:24 AM

        Forgot about the Leafs and the Jets. Nevertheless you have two games vs Pens vs none for the Isles. TOR certainly isn’t cold and it should be obvious to you that the isles aren’t either. Even FLA, as you should know by now, will not be an easy win. WAS we have beaten twice already and I am confident we will do so again if our guys show up.

        All in all, Isles have a much easier schedule and, quite honestly, are playing better hockey right now than either the NJD or the NYR. I’d say odds are in their favor.

  3. jdrew506 - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Well it definitely looks like its going to be a dog fight for 7th and 8th place for the rest of the season with all 3 local teams in the hunt. The Isles definitely have the easier schedule and have the advantage of being in the road for most of it. Normally I would not think that it would be an advantage however try have been better on the road then at home this season.

  4. chanceoffleury1 - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    All I have to say is what happened to the Atlantic? I know a couple people thought they’d have a little trouble since they wouldn’t have the full season to separate themselves from the rest of the east, but I don’t think the 34 extra games would have helped them *that* much. The Pens and Islanders haven’t needed it at all. I mean the Devils finished in 6th place last year, so 7th isn’t that much of a dropoff, but they also finished with 102 points and are only on pace to achieve “88 points” this season if you translate their winning percentage to a regular season. That’s compared to the Pens who would be having a 127 point season if they played all 82 games. That’s an absolutely insane difference for 2 teams that are only 6 spots away from each other in the standings and both in playoff positions.

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