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47 Games That Matter

If you're one of the die-hards who won't give up until the playoffs are yanked from the Devils cold, dead fists (like me); then this post is for you. The Devils are 5 points out of the final playoff spot, with 10 games to play. The 5 teams fighting for those last 2 spots all have 9, 10, or 11 games left (as of first writing of this post). For this exercise, I'm going to assume the Devils won't catch the Rangers or Flyers. Honestly, if they do that, the rest of the teams are probably moot since they'll make the playoffs by being in 2nd or 3rd place in the division. Anyway, the following chart contains all the remaining games that involve the Devils, Red Wings, Maple Leafs, Capitals, and/or Blue Jackets. I have 2 additional columns, Who to root for in that game to most help the Devils playoff chances (in my opinion, although sometimes all we can hope for is a 2 point result), and going forward, whether the game had a good result for the Devils or not.

Games Remaining / Points

Philadelphia - 3 / 91

Detroit - 3 / 90

Columbus - 3 / 89

Devils - 3 / 84

Toronto - 3 / 84

Washington - 4 / 83

Ottawa - 3 / 82

DATE VISITING TEAM HOME TEAM TIME /Result ROOT Good Result? (Challenge accepted)
TUE MAR 25, 2014 ST. LOUIS ( C) TORONTO (A) STL 5-3 STL Definitely
TUE MAR 25, 2014 LOS ANGELES (P) WASHINGTON (M) LA 5-4 SO LA Fair
TUE MAR 25, 2014 DETROIT (A) COLUMBUS (M) CBJ 4-2 2 Points No OT, so OK
THU MAR 27, 2014 PHOENIX (P) NEW JERSEY (M) PHX 3-2 SO NJ Eh
THU MAR 27, 2014 MONTRÉAL (A) DETROIT (A) MON 5-4 MON Great
FRI MAR 28, 2014 TORONTO (A) PHILADELPHIA (M) PHI 4-2 PHI Hard to be happy about
FRI MAR 28, 2014 PITTSBURGH (M) COLUMBUS (M) PIT 2-1 PIT Sweet
SAT MAR 29, 2014 BOSTON (A) WASHINGTON (M) BOS 4-2 BOS Tremendous
SAT MAR 29, 2014 DETROIT (A) TORONTO (A) DET 4-2 TOR - 2 Points Marginally OK
SAT MAR 29, 2014 NEW JERSEY (M) NY ISLANDERS (M) NYI 2-1 SO NJ Awful
SAT MAR 29, 2014 COLUMBUS (M) CAROLINA (M) CBJ 3-2 CAR Ugly
SUN MAR 30, 2014 TAMPA BAY (A) DETROIT (A) DET 3-2 TB Very Bad
SUN MAR 30, 2014 WASHINGTON (M) NASHVILLE ( C) NAS 4-3 SO NAS Not Helpful
MON MAR 31, 2014 FLORIDA (A) NEW JERSEY (M) NJD 6-3 NJ Nice
TUE APR 1, 2014 NEW JERSEY (M) BUFFALO (A) BUF 3-2 SO NJ Gross
TUE APR 1, 2014 CALGARY (P) TORONTO (A) TOR 3-2 CAL Not good at all
TUE APR 1, 2014 DALLAS ( C) WASHINGTON (M) DAL 5-0 DAL Awesome
TUE APR 1, 2014 COLORADO ( C) COLUMBUS (M) COL 3-2 OT COL Almost acceptable
WED APR 2, 2014 BOSTON (A) DETROIT (A) DET 3-2 BOS Pffffft
THU APR 3, 2014 COLUMBUS (M) PHILADELPHIA (M) CBJ 2-0 PHI Stupid Flyers
THU APR 3, 2014 BOSTON (A) TORONTO (A) TOR 4-3 OT BOS Disappointing
FRI APR 4, 2014 CHICAGO ( C) COLUMBUS (M) CHI 4-3 CHI YESSSS
FRI APR 4, 2014 WASHINGTON (M) NEW JERSEY (M) NJD 2-1 NJ Pretty
FRI APR 4, 2014 BUFFALO (A) DETROIT (A) DET 3-2 BUF Thanks Sabres
SAT APR 5, 2014 WASHINGTON (M) NY ISLANDERS (M) WAS 4-3 SO NYI Boooo
SAT APR 5, 2014 WINNIPEG ( C) TORONTO (A) WIN 4-2 WIN One in the plus column
SAT APR 5, 2014 DETROIT (A) MONTRÉAL (A) MON 5-3 MON Quite fine
SAT APR 5, 2014 NEW JERSEY (M) CAROLINA (M) NJD 3-1 NJ Yee Haaaaa
SUN APR 6, 2014 NY ISLANDERS (M) COLUMBUS (M) CBJ 4-0 NYI Ouch
MON APR 7, 2014 CALGARY (P) NEW JERSEY (M) CGY 1-0 NJ Unreal
TUE APR 8, 2014 DETROIT (A) BUFFALO (A) DET 4-2 BUF Going
TUE APR 8, 2014 PHOENIX (P) COLUMBUS (M) CBJ 4-3 OT PHO Slipping Away
TUE APR 8, 2014 TORONTO (A) TAMPA BAY (A) 7:30 PM ET TB
TUE APR 8, 2014 WASHINGTON (M) ST. LOUIS ( C) 8:00 PM ET STL
WED APR 9, 2014 DETROIT (A) PITTSBURGH (M) 8:00 PM ET PIT
WED APR 9, 2014 COLUMBUS (M) DALLAS ( C) 8:30 PM ET DAL
THU APR 10, 2014 WASHINGTON (M) CAROLINA (M) 7:00 PM ET CAR
THU APR 10, 2014 NEW JERSEY (M) OTTAWA (A) 7:30 PM ET NJ
THU APR 10, 2014 TORONTO (A) FLORIDA (A) 7:30 PM ET FLA
FRI APR 11, 2014 CHICAGO ( C) WASHINGTON (M) 7:00 PM ET CHI
FRI APR 11, 2014 CAROLINA (M) DETROIT (A) 7:30 PM ET CAR
FRI APR 11, 2014 COLUMBUS (M) TAMPA BAY (A) 7:30 PM ET TB
FRI APR 11, 2014 NY ISLANDERS (M) NEW JERSEY (M) 7:30 PM ET NJ
SAT APR 12, 2014 TORONTO (A) OTTAWA (A) 7:00 PM ET OTT
SAT APR 12, 2014 COLUMBUS (M) FLORIDA (A) 7:00 PM ET FLA
SUN APR 13, 2014 BOSTON (A) NEW JERSEY (M) 3:00 PM ET NJ
SUN APR 13, 2014 TAMPA BAY (A) WASHINGTON (M) 3:00 PM ET TB
SUN APR 13, 2014 DETROIT (A) ST. LOUIS ( C) 3:00 PM ET STL

Fortunately there are no games where the Rangers have to help the Devils and only 2 where we have to look to the second rate rivals for assistance. I have no idea why some of the entries have reddish brown text....

Day 1: the out of town scoreboard was pretty favorable. The teams that had to, lost, Washington in the shootout unfortunately, and the head-to-head game ended in regulation. Devils still 5 points out, but all 4 other teams each have 80 points.

Day 3: OOTS friendly again, Montreal beat Detroit in regulation. Devils lose in the shootout and pick up the Bettman point. Gained a point in the standings. Could have been worse.

Day 4: Another good night. Both Toronto and Columbus lost in regulation. Could the pieces be starting to fall into place?

Day 5: Only highlights are that Washington lost and the Detroit/Toronto game didn't go to OT. Picking up a point made the fall a bit less painful, but the hill just got a little steeper.

Day 6: Washington loses in the shootout, so they gain another point. Detroit beats Tampa Bay, so they move closer to being out of reach.

Day 7: Devil close the gap to 3 points on 8th. The fat lady had to put her fork down for a day.

Day 8: Washington gets blown out, Columbus and the Devils get one each. Toronto gets a win. Devils still 3 back of a playoff spot. But if they tie Columbus, they lose the ROW tiebreaker.

Day 9: Detroit gets a 3-2 victory at home against the Bruins. 6 points behind Detroit with 6 games left, the Devils are now pretty much limited to chasing the Blue Jackets for the 8th spot, along with Toronto and Washington. Ottawa is 2 more back and aren't dead yet, but their hill is extremely steep.

Day 10: Bad night on the OOTS, both teams the Devils needed to lose, didn't cooperate. 5 points back with 6 games to go. That golden ring is slipping away.

Day 11: Devils win, Columbus loses with seconds left. Still alive. Detroit beats Buffalo, like I said Wednesday, Columbus is the target.

Day 12: Do you believe? Devils are now 1 point behind Columbus. Devils win 3-1 in Carolina. Washington beat the Isles in the shootout, but they're back behind the Devils. Toronto loses 4-2. Detroit loses 5-3, 4 points behind them, maybe they're not unreachable. Although Philadelphia may be back in the mix with only 87.

Day 13: Islanders roll over and play dead to the Jackets. Probably doesn't matter, but the Flyers won too.

Day 14: The hill is huge now. Tragic number is 4. Columbus goes 2-2 and the Devils are done. Looks like I'm going to a meaningless game Friday.

Day 15: Carolina and Ottawa are officially eliminated. Columbus won 4-3 in OT, that means the Devils tragic number is 2. That also means a Columbus win in Dallas tomorrow puts the Devils on the outside looking in.

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