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Thursday night finalized the Devils' spot in the Eastern Conference standings, but who they will face in the first round will not be determined until Saturday.
The 6th-place Devils, who topped the Red Wings 2-1 for their fifth straight win Thursday, will face either Florida or Washington as the 3-seed depending on which team wins the Southeast Division. The Capitals beat the Panthers 4-2 Thursday but still trail them by two points in the standings.
With the tie-breaker over Florida, Washington can pass the Panthers should the Capitals beat the Rangers in New York Saturday and the Panthers suffer a regulation loss against Carolina.
Devils winger Petr Sykora tallied his 20th goal of the season for New Jersey in Motor City; the 35-year-old veteran, who made the team os a training camp tryout, is one of five players on the team to record 20 goals.