Few teams have been a more consistent presence in the playoffs than the New Jersey Devils.
Seven straight losses in the final month of the season has put that in serious jeopardy.
The goal-starved Devils look to avoid going winless in eight consecutive games for the first time in 21 years Wednesday night when they host the Boston Bruins.
New Jersey has participated in 15 of the last 16 postseasons, missing out only in 2010-11. That run appeared on its way to continuing with the Devils sitting in seventh place in the Eastern Conference - four points clear of the ninth-place team - on March 24, the day before their losing streak started.
That run of futility has dropped New Jersey (15-14-10) into ninth in the East, two points behind the New York Rangers and Islanders in the race for the final two playoffs spots.
Sunday's 3-2 shootout defeat at Buffalo left the Devils with an 0-3-4 mark during the skid, putting them in danger of going eight straight without a win for the first...