Winning their sixth straight game with a 4-2 victory over Ottawa Saturday, the Devils enter next week's playoffs as one of the hottest teams in the league.
Locked into the 6th seed in the East, New Jersey will wait as their first-round opponent has yet to be determined. Regardless, they appear to be in line for a favorable draw. Depending on Saturday night's action the Devils could face either the stumbling Panthers or the Capitals, currently without their top two netminders.
Recently-recalled Stephen Gionta, brother of former Devil Brian Gionta, snapped a third-period tie against the Senators Saturday to record his first NHL goal. Ilya Kovalchuk also chipped in with two goals. Rookie defenseman Adam Larsson returned to the lineup after missing the past five games as a healthy scratch.