NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Not this year.
The Devils were eliminated from playoff contention on Wednesday night after the Red Wings got a point in their shootout loss to the Penguins and the Blue Jackets defeated the Stars.
It’s the second straight time New Jersey has missed the postseason, and the third time in four years.
All eight playoff berths in the Eastern Conference have now been secured. The Bruins, the Penguins, the Canadiens, the Lightning, the Rangers, the Flyers, the Red Wings and the Blue Jackets will duke it out for the right to play in the Stanley Cup Final. Seeding has yet to be determined.
The Devils have three games remaining on their schedule. They will take on the Senators in Ottawa on Thursday night before returning home to square off with the Islanders on Friday night at Prudential Center.
The season finale is on Sunday at 3:00 p.m., when New Jersey hosts Boston in Newark.
Heading into Thursday night’s action, the Devils are 34-29-16 (84 points) and in sixth place in the Metropolitan Division.
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