The good news: The Devils have to play on the road the night before a game of huge importance
The bad news: They're playing in Long Island against a team that's dropped 8 of their last 10 and has scored a measly 3 goals in the past three games.
The Penguins are tied for first with the Devils in the Atlantic with 91 points. Both trail Montreal by one point in the race for the #1 seed. Pittsburgh has a game in-hand on les Habs and, in turn, Jersey has a game in-hand on Pittsburgh.
After yawning out a likely win tonight, the Devs will be 2 points up on the Pens. If Pittsburgh loses, they'll be down 4 points with 7 games to go. While that's hardly out of it (especially when everyone's playing intra-divisional games), it's a hard gap to maintain. And at that point the New York Rangers will probably be closer to catching Pittsburgh than the Pens to getting to NJ.
Still following? The bottom line is this is the biggest game.....For now.
We've broken the last part of the season into the 5 segments that flow into each other:
Saturday Mar 22: NJ
Monday 24th: @NYI
Tuesday 25th: @NJD
Thursday 27th: NYI
Sunday 30th: NYR
Monday 31st: @ NYR
Wed. April 2nd: Philly
Sunday 6th: @ Philly