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Top 5 Reasons New Jersey Devils Aren’t in a Playoff Spot

Top 5 Reasons New Jersey Devils Are Out Of The Playoffs

Top 5 Reasons New Jersey Devils Are Out Of The Playoffs
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The New Jersey Devils are currently on the outside looking into the NHL playoff race. This has been the second-straight disappointing season under Peter DeBoer. They have many things to blame, but these are the five main reasons as to why the team in not currently in the top eight of the Eastern Conference.

5. Losing Their First 7 Games

5. Losing Their First Seven Games
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5. Losing Their First 7 Games

5. Losing Their First Seven Games
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The Devils were the last team in the NHL to obtain a win. It was a rough start that the team has been trying to recover from all season. If they won just two of those regulation losses, then they would currently be tied for a playoff spot.

4. Going 8-9 Versus Worst 8 Teams In NHL

4. Going 8-9 Versus Worst Eight Teams In NHL
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4. Going 8-9 Versus Worst 8 Teams In NHL

4. Going 8-9 Versus Worst Eight Teams In NHL
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The Devils have had opportunities to play some of the worst teams in the NHL. The bottom two teams in each division have a combined win percentage of .381. They have a .470 win percentage against the Devils. They need to win these games, especially since most of their remaining games are against bad teams.

3. Blown Leads

3. Blown Leads
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3. Blown Leads

3. Blown Leads
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It seems that the Devils are never safe with a lead. Fans are always worried that, even with a third-period lead, that it can be gone as soon as it came. They even had three games that they blew while the opposing team had an empty net.

2. Lack of Scoring

2. Lack of Scoring
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2. Lack of Scoring

2. Lack of Scoring
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The Devils spent most of the season in the bottom five in scoring for the NHL. They have picked it up since the Olympic break, but prior to that, they seemed to have trouble scoring more than one goal. They have been shutout nine times on the season. Thank goodness for Jaromir Jagr, or this team would be in worse shape.

1. The Shootout

1. The Shootout
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1. The Shootout

1. The Shootout
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What else could be the one thing keeping the Devils out of the playoffs? The team is 0-9 in shootouts this season. They are breaking records when it comes to most consecutive shootout losses. If they win half their shootouts, then they are currently in sole possession of the top Wild Card spot. The team has scored one shootout goal on 28 attempts, and the scorer (Reid Boucher) is in the minors.