NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 17: Zach Parise #9 of the New Jersey Devils skates off the ice dejected after they lost 4-3 against the Florida Panthers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Prudential Center on April 17, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
With 5 of the 8 1st Round Series already decided, there is only 1 game on the Playoff calendar tonight. But this series & this game could potentially impact the Carolina Hurricanes more than any other.
This back & forth series returns to Newark in a do or die situation for the Devils. New Jersey has their backs against the wall and might be fighting for more than just their Playoff lives. If they lose tonight, it will be the 4th time in 5 seasons that they have failed to get out of the 1st Round (the 5th was the 2010/2011 season, when the missed the Playoffs). Could this factor in to Zach Parise's decision to stay or leave? Could he go looking for greener pastures or a team with more playoff success? Could not getting out of the 1st round effect the Devils' financial situation even more? I guess we'll just have to wait and see, but expect the Devils to come out swinging tonight.
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