Following last night’s thrilling 2-1 Shootout victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, the New Jersey Devils now stand a 99.96% chance of reaching the Stanley Cup Playoffs, according to SportsClubStats.com.
There’s have to be a perfect storm of failure and exteme luck for other teams in order for the Devils to miss the playoffs this season so New Jersey hockey fans are ready for playoff action.
Additionally, it appears very likely the Devils will place 6th in the Eastern Conference and face the predicted #3 seed Florida Panthers.
Each team, as well as the rest of the league, still has games remaining so there are sure to be shifts in the standings but as of right now there is an 80% chance of Devils vs Panthers in Round 1.
Across the river, the rival New York Rangers sit in first place following last night’s victory in Minnesota combined with the Penguins loss to the Islanders. The Rangers have 103 points to Pittsburgh’s 100, each with 6 games remaining including a head-to-head match in Pittsburgh on April 5th which could be the difference in finishing 1st or 4th in the Eastern Conference. Keep an eye open for that showdown, Rangers fans!
Given the current standings, it appears the Rangers are unlikely to finish below fourth, so they will have home ice advantage to start the playoffs for the first time since 1996.
Having already secured a playoff berth, the Rangers now are fighting for position in the standings and to get their game in order.
Of the possible matchups for the New York Rangers, the Buffalo Sabres have the highest probability of being their first round opponent with a 45% chance.
All of this stands to change on a daily basis from now until the end of the NHL regular season on April 7, but what will not change is you can now order Devils playoff tickets and Rangers Playoff tickets at SelectATicket.com and see each team fight to advance in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Possibly even to a head-to-head matchup down the road!