The New Jersey Devils were hoping the New York Islanders could do them a favor and knock off the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday, but they had no such luck. Instead, the Devils woke up Monday morning three points behind the Blue Jackets for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup Playoff race.
New Jersey (34-28-16) will play the first of its four remaining games Monday night when it hosts the Calgary Flames at Prudential Center. A victory would pull the Devils back within a point of the Blue Jackets, who are idle. New Jersey has won back-to-back games and has earned points in eight of its past 10 (5-2-3).
The Minnesota Wild (40-26-12) continues its pursuit of the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov is expected to get the start Monday; he is 5-0-3 with a 1.87 goals-against average since joining Minnesota prior to the NHL Trade Deadline.