The New Jersey Devils’ season is hanging by a thread. Literally.
The Devils beat the New York Islanders, 3-2, on Wednesday night at the Prudential Center. Had they lost, the Devils would’ve been officially eliminated from playoff contention for the first time since 1995-96.
New Jersey (35-36-5) will need to win its last six games, and have the Buffalo Sabres (39-29-9) lose out to have a chance to get a tiebreaker. Basically, baring a miracle, that’s not happening.
Still, to think that a team that once had 22 points and was 27 points out of a playoff spot in early January is still alive in late March is phenomenal. But when it all comes down to it, that 10-29-2 first half is likely going to be too much to make up.
Defenseman Andy Greene provided the game-winner for the Devils on Wednesday night, scoring with 4:56 left. Sniper Ilya Kovalchuk and rookie Jacob Josefson also scored for New Jersey.
The Devils will face the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night at the Prudential Center. It's a must-win, obviously.