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NHL postpones Jets-Devils Game
- Updated: March 14, 2017
Teams rescheduled to play on March 28
NEWARK, NJ-With their playoff hopes slipping away, tonight’s contest between the New Jersey Devils and Winnipeg Jets was going to be a pivotal one for both teams. However, Mother Nature has decided that they will have to do it another day.
The NHL has postponed tonight’s game between the Devils and Jets in New Jersey due to the inclement weather that has hit the East Coast. The game has been rescheduled for March 28.
The East Coast has received a significant amount of snow over the last few hours due to winter storm Stella. It has been estimated that part of the region has received as much as two feet of snow. Some areas have also had wind gusts of 60 mph or more.
While it’s never ideal to have a game rescheduled, it may benefit the Jets. Winnipeg is coming off a tough 5-4 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators last night. They held 2-0 and 4-3 leads in the game, but could not come out with the two points.
They don’t play again now until Thursday, so the extra rest may help. However, the team would surely want to get on the ice as soon as possible. With yesterday’s point, the Jets are 10 points out of the final wild card spot in the Western Conference.
With only 12 games left in their schedule, tonight’s game would have probably decided their playoff hopes. Now, they have to wait until Thursday. But with the two teams ahead of them playing tonight and tomorrow, their fate may lie in those teams’ hands.
New Jersey, on the other hand, are clinging to their last thread of hope for making the playoffs. Unless they got hot in their last 14 games, they will miss the postseason for the fifth straight year. The Devils are 14 points out of the last wild card spot in the Eastern Conference and sit in last place of the conference.
If sports has shown us anything is that as long as there is a chance, there is hope. However, not only is Stella burying the coast in snow, it may also be burying New Jersey and Winnipeg’s playoff hopes, once and for all.