The Devils are trying to keep their focus within their own locker room, even if it is human nature to scoreboard watch this late in the season.
Yes, the Devils know the Florida Panthers lost in regulation on Wednesday, keeping the Devils three points ahead for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Devils control their own playoff destiny with six games left to play in the regular season, but their focus hasn’t changed. They continue to look at the next game on their schedule.
It’s nice to know we control our own destiny and we control how we play, forward Taylor Hall said. And we have a couple more home games and some hard teams coming up. No one ever said it was going to be easy, and the fact that Florida has gone on this run, it’s pretty incredible for them. So they’re still going to nip at our heels, they’re still going to win some games. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s nice that we can control how we play going forward here.
The Devils’ lead over the Panthers has been relatively small throughout March, but they have never surrendered it to fall out of a playoff spot. They did that by keeping their minds on the task at hand, and that will be their goal over the next 10 days.
As far as right now, the race, you know it could change every day, forward Travis Zajac said. I think for us, it’s trying to make sure we’re in the right mindset as a team, as individuals and trying to get our game as sharp as we can these last six.
The 5-foot-9, 190-pound junior is one of the best players on the Rutgers baseball team and is a legit prospect for this year’s Major League Baseball Draft despite serving a suspension for an unspecified violation of team rules earlier this season.
If not for the strong likelihood that he will sign if he gets drafted in baseball this June, Harris would certainly be penciled in as a contributor to a defensive backfield that, according to Scarlet Knights coach Chris Ash, lacks depth this spring.
But is Ash counting Harris to contribute if the MLB Draft scenario doesn’t work out
I haven’t talked to Jawuan about coming back,” Ash said. His focus right now is baseball. I know he’s got dreams and goals of hopefully going on and getting drafted and having an opportunity to play Major League Baseball. I know he started the year off pretty good for baseball and he’s a pretty good player.