With 10 games remaining on their schedule, the Devils are five points out of a playoff spot. In today’s NHL, that is a significant amount of ground to make up.

And yet it, they are convinced they can do it.

“Absolutely. We all believe in here. There’s not a doubt in anyone’s mind in this locker room that we can get this done,” rookie defenseman Jon Merrill said after Sunday night’s 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in which he scored the winning goal and assisted on another for his first two-point game in the NHL.

Bouncing back from a disheartening loss to the Rangers 24 hours earlier, the Devils got strong goaltending from Cory Schneider and some gritty penalty-killing.

Those factors made coach Pete DeBoer firmly believe in the Devils’ chances of getting into the playoffs.

“I do. I know the statistics don’t say that, but I really feel we can win every game,” DeBoer suggested. “When you look at our schedule, if our goaltending continues the way it’s played, I believe we can win every game.”

Of the 10 remaining games, six are a home. Five of the games are against teams completely out of the race and two others (Carolina and Ottawa) with slim or no hope.

“We’ve talked about it all year. We have to put together a streak here. It probably has to be a 10-game winning streak,” Damien Brunner said.