The Devils have a small margin for error in their own division.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The margin for error is still razor thin for the Devils.
Even after Tuesday’s 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets catapulted them back to first place in the Metropolitan Division, the Devils are still just four points ahead of the sixth-place Rangers, who currently sit outside the playoff picture.
With 55 games left on the schedule, the Devils know how crucial intra-division games will be, and they have two more coming up when they host the Blue Jackets on Friday before visiting the Rangers on Saturday.
“We’re still in the first third (of the season), but we haven’t seen a lot of our division yet,” goalie Cory Schneider said. “We’re going to see a lot of it going forward and looking for us to play well. I thought last year that was sort of our undoing. We had a good start, didn’t play a lot of divisional games, and as soon as we got into that divisional play, we just couldn’t keep up with the rest of our division.”
Notes from win over Blue Jackets
The Devils weren’t playing their sharpest hockey prior to Tuesday’s win. They entered Columbus in a 1-2-0 stretch where they lost regulation games to the Florida Panthers and Arizona Coyotes.
Following a meeting featuring coach John Hynes and Devils veterans on Monday, the group responded with the type of effort that carried the Devils in October. Now they have to make sure it lasts beyond one game.
“It’s black and white when he communicates with us what we have to do,” forward Brian Boyle said. “He’ll show it to us on video, show the good and the bad, the differences there. We all understand it, and it’s up to us to execute …read more
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