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5 Ways the New Jersey Devils Can Make the 2014 NHL Playoffs

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5 Ways the Devils Can Make the 2014 NHL Playoffs

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The teams ranked 7th-11th in the Eastern Conference are only separated by four points, which means anything can happen as the end of the regular season approaches. Here are five ways that the New Jersey Devils could be playing postseason hockey.

Embrace a Must-Win Attitude

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Embrace a Must-Win Attitude

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The Devils need to treat the rest of the regular season like it's playoff hockey and each game should be treated like it's Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Urgency has to be the message around the organization considering that the Devils only have six remaining games to make their case for a playoff spot.

Beat the Washington Capitals in Regulation

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Beat the Washington Capitals in Regulation

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The Capitals are another team in that 4-point gap in the Eastern Conference and are currently one point ahead of the Devils in the standings. The Devils own the tie-breaker on the Capitals, but if they could win the game in regulation it would jump them ahead in the standings. These two teams play each other on Friday, April 4.

Win a Shootout

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Win a Shootout

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The Devils are 0-11 this season in shootouts. Enough said.

The Veterans Must Lead the Way

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The Veterans Must Lead the Way

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The Devils are without Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk, but there are still plenty of veterans in the locker room. Between Martin Brodeur, Patrick Elias and Jaromir Jagr, the veterans need to lead by example during this last stretch if the Devils want any chance of playing playoff hockey.

Find Scoring

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Find Scoring

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The Devils are 24th in the NHL in goals scored per game, which is a big reason why they are currently on the outside of the playoff picture looking in, but there is enough talent on the roster to produce offense. With only six games remaining for the Devils, they're going to have to find some scoring if they want a shot at passing the teams ahead of them in the standings.