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Jagr sees opportunity in Devils’ slim playoff hopes

Mar 27, 2014, 9:53 AM EST

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 20: Jaromir Jagr #68 of the New Jersey Devils in action against the Minnesota Wild at the Prudential Center on March 20, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Wild 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) Getty Images

Leave it to Jaromir Jagr to find the silver lining in the New Jersey Devils’ dreary situation. With 10 games left in the Devils’ schedule, they need to win all of their remaining games or come close to it in order to make the playoffs.

That’s a highly improbable task, but the 42-year-old forward is thinking: What if we pull it off?

“We have an opportunity to make a great story if we make it,” Jagr said, per the Star-Ledger. “So at least it’s exciting. That’s the way I look at it.

“It would be something to remember. Something special. If we get in, I’d rather get in by winning the last 10 games.”

Last 11 contests actually, given that the hypothetical streak would start with their 3-2 victory over Toronto on Sunday.

The Devils will try to keep that hope alive tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes. Like the Devils, Phoenix is battling for a playoff spot, although the Coyotes don’t need a finish worthy of a Hollywood movie to secure a postseason berth.

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