Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012: Keys for Devils to Remain in a Playoff Spot

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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012: Keys for Devils to Remain in a Playoff Spot
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The New Jersey Devils posted a record of 9-5 in December to help them get into the Eastern Conference playoff picture, and they currently sit in eighth place with an overall record of 21-15-2 for 44 points.

Several key trends emerged during the Devils’ successful December and will become a part of whether or not they will hang on to their playoff spot. There are also some players who will need to continue producing points if New Jersey is to prevent any sort of setbacks in January, as they started 2012 with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators on Monday.

Here is a look at what contributed to the Devils’ record to close 2011 and what the team will have to do going forward to ensure they don’t fall out of playoff position.

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