Every game matters. Every game changes your position in the standings. Every game is a must-win scenario. Every night determines whether you sit first in the conference or drop down to fourth. Competition is great, and the East has so many close battles for every playoff birth making this race nearly historical.
Pittsburgh Penguins are one point behind and sit in fourth spot in the conference. The second place team has the same number of points, but two less wins, allowing the Devils to hold the first spot. The eighth place team, the Philadelphia Flyers, is only eight points behind the Devils in first.
And now, Wednesday night, the Devils will face-off against the New York Rangers. In the event you have been underground, the Devils have yet to win a single game against the Rangers. They have accumulated 2 points, however, for Overtime loses.
It gets worse. Between tonight and the end of the season on April 6th, the Devils will see the Rangers three times. That’s six points the Devils will certainly need if that want to finish first for the playoffs, or take the Atlantic Division title.
In the lineup tonight, Patrik Elias will remain out with a bruised left knee. Bryce Salvador will miss tonight’s matchup as well with “lower body soreness.”
Colin White, however, will return to the Devils defense – a much needed player tonight against the Rangers.