New Jersey is locked into the sixth spot for the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, awaiting the winner of the Southeast Division.
The Ottawa Senators can finish seventh or eighth depending on their result Saturday against the Devils and may be content with the latter given how they match up with the other division champions.
The Senators (41-30-10) squandered an opportunity to secure seventh in the East with Thursday's 3-1 loss to Boston, their division rival and potential first-round playoff opponent if they get at least one point from this game.
Ottawa dropped five of six to the Northeast champions this season, though captain Daniel Alfredsson chalked up the most recent defeat more to the letdown following a late push that clinched a postseason spot for the Senators than anything a Bruins team did despite playing without regulars Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron.
"We really tried to stay upbeat and keep our game going after the four wins and clinching the playoff...