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Schwei: Playoff Hopes On Life Support, DeBoer’s Mark & More Devils Notes

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By John Schweibacher
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The New Jersey Devils’ flickering playoff hopes may have gone down in flames with a 1-0 loss to Calgary Monday night.

The 10th shutout loss of the season ended the Devils’ season-best seven-game point streak (4-0-3), and was just New Jersey’s fourth regulation loss on home ice in their last 19 games at Prudential Center (12-4-3).

Karri Ramo made 31 saves to record his second NHL shutout in the Calgary win, which was just the second-ever shutout against the Devils by the Flames. The Kansas City Scouts and Colorado Rockies suffered three shutouts by the Atlanta/Calgary Flames franchise.

Atlanta/Calgary Shutouts vs. KC/Colorado/New Jersey:

• 4/07/14: CGY 1 at NJD 0, Kari Ramo

• 3/14/83: CGY 7 at NJD 0, Don Edwards

• 4/01/82L COL 0 at CGY 11, Pat Riggin

• 3/02/75: KC 0 at ATL 4, Dan Bouchard

• 11/20/75: KC 0 at ATL 1, Phil Myre

Pete DeBoer won his 101st game as coach of the Devils Saturday, a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. He passed Doug Carpenter for sole possession of second place in team history. Jacques Lemaire is first on the franchise’s all-time list with 276 victories.

However, DeBoer is in danger of missing the playoffs for the second straight season as Devils coach, and for the fifth time in his six seasons in the NHL.

DeBoer did guide New Jersey to the Stanley Cup finals two years ago, going 14-10 overall during that playoff run, but only nine men who have coached as many regular-season games as DeBoer have coached as few postseason games:

• Pierre Page: 636, 22 (6-16)

• Jack Evans: 614, 16 (8-8)

• Tom Renney: 592, 24 (11-13)

• Johnny Wilson: 517, 12 (4-8)

• Bob McCammon: 512, 17 (4-13)

• Craig Hartsburg: 491, 20 (8-12)

• Tom Watt: 490, 10 (1-9)

• Rick Bowness: 463, 15 (8-7)

• Tom McVie: 462, 14 (6-8)

• Pete DeBoer: 455, 24 (14-10)

Cory Schneider made 24 saves in his 2-1 win against the Capitals in Newark on Friday.

Schneider’s 11 home-ice wins are now tied for the eighth-most by a Devils goalie not named Martin Brodeur. Brodeur, who has nine wins at Prudential Center this season, has won 20-or-more home games 12 times in his career.

Most Devils Wins at Home in a Single-Season (other than Martin Brodeur):

• Chris Terreri: 1990-91, 19

• Chris Terreri: 1992-93, 14

• Chris Terreri: 1993-94, 14

• Sean Burke: 1988-89, 13

• Chris Terreri: 1991-92, 13

• Scott Clemmensen: 2008-09, 13

• Sean Burke: 1989-90, 12

• Alain Chevrier: 1987-88, 11

• Cory Schneider: 2013-14, 11

Eric Gelinas had the primary assist on Tuomo Ruutu’s goal in the win vs. the Capitals and is now tied for second with Olli Maatta of Pittsburgh among rookie defensemen with 29 points this season.

Gelinas’ points total is now tied for the fifth-best among rookie defensemen in Devils’ history:

• Viacheslav Fetisov: 1989-90 — 8g-34a (42pts)

• Scott Niedermayer: 1992-93 — 11g-29a (40pts)

• Eric Weinrich: 1992-93 — 4g-34a (38pts)

• Brian Rafalski: 1999-00 — 5g-27a (32pts)

• Uli Heimer: 1984-85 — 5g-24a (29pts)

• Eric Gelinas: 2013-14 — 7g-22a (29pts)

Schwei’s Plus/Minus:

Plus: Cory Schneider – The Devils’ goalie has allowed two goals or less in six straight starts and is now third in the NHL with a 2.00 goals against average.

Minus: No Support – Schneider has been the starting goalie in seven of the 10 shutouts against New Jersey this season.

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