The Devils left the ice after Saturday's 4-2 win over the Senators not knowing who they'll be playing in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The Panthers or Capitals?
It wound up being the Panthers, who won the Southeast Division Saturday night and host the Devils in Games 1 and 2; but you get the feeling these guys are thinking more about the way they're playing instead of the opponent.
The Devils enter the playoffs (after their one-year absence) as winners of six games in a row, having allowed eight goals in those six games.
By playing the Panthers, the Devils go against the team that fired Pete DeBoer after his three years behind the Florida bench, three non-playoff years.
The Devils went 2-1-1 against the Panthers this season, 1-1 in Florida.
"When we played them the first time (Nov. 21 in Sunrise), there was some emotion involved," DeBoer said after Saturday's game. "I'm not going to lie to you. That's human nature.
"We played them four times during the season and we've gone 82 games. Three-quarters of that team is different personnel than what I had there, so they really are (just) another team for now. I'll have a few more friends in the crowd in Florida from my time there, but other than that it has no special meaning."
The teams haven't met since Feb. 11, when the Panthers came to Newark and beat the Devils 3-1.
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