Buck’s 22 runs batted in are four shy of Jeff Kent for the most-ever in club history by the end of April. Overall, 13 Mets have finished the month with 20 or more RBIs.
The New Jersey Devils’ playoff hopes have dwindled as a result of a tailspin that has now matched the fourth-longest winless streak in club history.
The Mets are off to a 7-4 start in 2013 with the battery of Matt Harvey and John Buck leading the way.
The New Jersey Devils are on the outside looking in at a playoff spot thanks to a seven-game winless streak (0-3-4) that has left them two points behind both the Rangers and Islanders for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
For the first time since 2006, the Mets have won their first two series of the season thanks to Marlon Byrd’s two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning that lifted the Mets to a 4-3 victory over the Marlins on Sunday.
The Devils went 0-0-3 on their three-game road trip last week, losing shootouts to both Ottawa and Tampa Bay and falling in overtime to Florida.
New York’s Opening Day winning percentage is a major league best .647 (33-18).
The Devils are 2-0-1 since Martin Brodeur returned after missing a month with a pinched nerve in his back. Brodeur’s return came just as the Devils slipped out of an Eastern Conference playoff spot for the first time this season.
New Jersey is just 3-7-2 since Brodeur last played back on February 21st in Washington.
The Devils may have put the brakes on their recent skid with two shootout victories in their last three games.
New Jersey is now an NHL-worst 1-5 in games decided after regulation after tying Colorado with a league-best 16-6 mark in games decided in either overtime or shootouts last season.
After starting February with a 5-1-0 record, the slumping Devils have gone 2-4-1 in their last seven games, including consecutive regulation losses for the first time since last March.
Stephen Gionta gave the Devils a 1-0 lead just 1:19 into the first period in their 2-1 shootout loss to Ottawa, but it was only the third-fastest goal to begin a game this season.
The New Jersey Devils have won five straight games and are 8-1-3 one-quarter of the way through this 48-game season. The club’s 19 points are the most through the first 12 games in team history.
Johan Hedberg recorded his first shutout of the season, a 3-0 win for the Devils over the Islanders. It was Hedberg’s eighth shutout with New Jersey, breaking a tie with Chris Terreri for the second-most in club history.