The just concluded four-game homestand did not go as planned for the Devils, with four straight losses (0-3-1). It compounded with a road loss in Toronto to give the club five straight games without a win.
On top of that, the Devils have lost nine in a row away from Prudential Center. They're also 3-16-0 in their last 19 road games -- and 5-22-0 in their last 27 away from Jersey.
But all that is behind them and these five road games coming up could make a huge difference in how the team feels about itself at the conclusion of the season.
"It's a chance, for sure," stated Devils captain Nico Hichier. I'm sure everybody tries to battle hard the rest of the year. That's what we're looking for. Focusing on what we can do and just battle hard.
"We want to control what we can and be a competitive team the rest of the year."
Dawson Mercer added that the recent tough results have motivated the team to step up in these tough times.
"You're not happy with the result and you need that motivation to make sure you come out stronger and get better," he said. "We want to make sure that these next games we can bring it up and get something positive from them going."
Mercer added that beyond the road trip, the entire final stretch -- which comprises of seven away from home and four at Prudential Center -- is important.
"With 11 games, there's a month left and you want to finish up strong. You want to stay consistent and finish on a good note. Be happy with your year and look back on it."
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Devils head coach Lindy Ruff laid out his expectations for the club this month.
"I want the other team to know they were in one heck of a battle. I want them to go, 'man, that team competes.' Every play means something.The end result will be, if you're that team that's hard to play against and detailed, we will get the results and we'll take whatever that is," Ruff began.
"Everybody wants to win. You don't play a game to not win. Put the work in, win your battles. Be the team that the other team goes, 'what a game they gave us.'"