Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 3/6/13
New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer is holding out hope that his team's worst stretch of the season is nearing an end. The Devils look to avoid losing seven straight for the first time in 27 years Thursday night when they host the Buffalo Sabres, the only team DeBoer's squad has earned a point against in the last six games. New Jersey (10-8-5) might have bottomed out by falling behind 4-0 in Tuesday's 5-2 home loss to a Tampa Bay team that was in the midst of its own five-game skid. The Devils, who have allowed the first goal in seven straight games, are 1-6-2 since starting 9-2-3. They have not lost seven in a row since Jan. 24-Feb. 8, 1986. "This is our adversity," DeBoer said. "Every team faces them at different points in the year and this is ours. "You hope that you get to the bottom here so you start climbing up. I'm hoping this is rock bottom and we can start getting off the mat and getting on to bigger and better things.'' New Jersey's current 0-5-1 stretch has coincided with...
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