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Thursday, April 5, 2012
Devils locked in at 6th

By Katie Strang

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.