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Devils know they need to step up to make playoffs

Jan 29, 2014, 9:57 AM EDT

NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 24: Ryane Clowe #29 of the New Jersey Devils takes the puck in the second period against the Washington Capitals at Prudential Center on January 24, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. Getty Images

The New Jersey Devils couldn’t solve St. Louis Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak on Tuesday and consequently suffered their second straight loss. The Devils have been up-and-down lately, which would be fine under better circumstances.

The problem is that the team is entering the stretch run and have an uphill battle ahead of them. The Devils are one of six teams that are currently within two points of the second Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. So while they’re clearly still in the race, they can’t expect to squeak into the postseason if they are simply okay through their final 28 contests.

“I just think we’ve got to get a little more bite in our game, overall a little more urgency, desperation,” Devils forward Ryane Clowe told the Bergen Record. “This is it for us right now. … You’ve got to take charge. We’ve got a veteran team. We’ve just got to step up.”

The Devils will continue their road trip with a game against Dallas on Thursday. After that they’ll play in Nashville before heading home.

  1. stepanup - Jan 29, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Devils are behind the Caps in the standings despite having 6 more ROW wins. Fair.

    • jhaegs - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      So, at least they still have more wins. A valid argument would be Chicago being in 3rd place overall, while having few wins than the Ducks, Blues, Penguins, Sharks, Bruins, and Avalanche…

  2. warrenhajr2014 - Jan 29, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    In response to BOTH Mike Smith’s said account which recounts also that Sapp says Strahan DOESN’T belong in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in the Stark County seat in Canton in NE Ohio and this i of Mr. Dadoun’s said accounts which recounts also that New Jersey Devils KNOW they NEED to step up to make yet another return appearance to playoffs, this says also, Thanks also a LOT and a LUMP for accepting also that at least we’re happy that this i of his said accounts STILL recounts also that Devils do but recounts also that for all we KNOW also, the ex-the U Of Miami, Florida, Hurricanes ace lineman COULD find the CHEAP but tough way that he mayhap COULD be also a fan of Devs and NOT even KNOW so that he also COULD be for others also and even for us, too…. And even in response also to BOTH of these said accounts, we also want to say that this says also, Thanks also a LOT and a LUMP for accepting also that at least the ex-Texas Southern University Tigers ace lineman’s NOT the i of these ii EXDEFENDERS that WOULD catch it with a few CHEWINGS OUT for having called a female reporter a ” ‘ KNOWITALL ( BLEEPING ) that ( B ) term ‘ ” from behind my back nor from behind the backs also of fans of Devs also, neither, for others also and even for us, too….

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