The New Jersey Devils are in a playoff spot—barely—in the Eastern Conference at the All-Star break, tied for seventh place. New head coach Pete DeBoer said last week they're already in a stretch-run mode for the postseason.
They've already made one move, acquiring forward Alexei Ponikarovsky from Carolina over the weekend. He had the Devils' lone goal in their loss to the Flyers on Saturday afternoon, part of New Jersey's current three-game losing streak.
So how do the Devils ensure themselves of a playoff spot, after missing the postseason dance last year for the first time since 1996?