As of Thursday, the New Jersey Devils were 6 points behind the Boston Bruins for first in the Eastern Conference with 18 games remaining. They also had the Flyers and Capitals nipping at their heels. Well Thursday they got some help as the Bruins, Flyers and Capitals all lost.
With Bostons 2-1 loss to Phoenix, the Devils remain 6 points behind Boston with a game at hand. The Devils and Bruins play one more time, Sunday, March 22nd. The Bruins are 3-6-3 after a fast start to the season. Maybe, just maybe the NHL will make this the game of the week, the two best teams in the Eastern Conference, instead of the Rangers or Penguins.
Coming from behind are the Capitals and Flyers. With last nights 5-1 loss to Calgary, the Flyers remain 9 points behind the Devils but still have a game at hand. The way the Devils are playing it is all but seemingly their division to win and possibly by the end of March.
The Capitals 2-1 loss last night against the Toronto Maple Leafs, keeps the Devils 2 points ahead of the Capitals with 2 games at hand. The Capitals have struggled of late as well, losing 3 straight and five of their last eight games.
Anyway it plays out, the Devils seem to be on a collision course with the Rangers or Penguins in a first round match-up. If it was me I would be hoping to avoid those guys and prey we land the Panthers or Canadians. But one thing for sure, the Devils do have a real shot at being the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference.