Yes, the New Jersey Devils have miraculously moved to within single digits of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
A Devils' 1-0 road victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night, coupled with a New York Rangers' 4-3 overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes, means New Jersey is now within nine points of the Canes with 22 games remaining. The Devils, who have won a season-high eight straight games, also have one game in hand.
Rookie right winger Nick Palmieri notched the game's only goal -- on the power play -- with 5:37 left in regulation to snap a scoreless tie. For goaltender Johan Hedberg, who stopped all 19 shots he faced, it was his second shutout in his last three games.
The Devils are now 16-1-2 in their last 19 games. Unreal, we know. And to think, they were 27 points back on Jan. 8.
Before the game, it was reported by the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger that interim coach Jacques Lemaire pulled his team off the ice during its morning skate because he was appalled with their effort.
They certainly responded.
The Devils are now 2-0 on their four-game road trip.
Can they be stopped. Who knows? But like we said before, we're not betting against them.