The Devils not only have won eight consecutive games, but also all five that Brendan Shanahan has played in since signing with the team.
In fact, he has not seen the team lose since he joined them in Columbus for his first practice on Jan. 15 and has scored three goals in his five games.
"It's been fun," he said. "It's been good timing, fortunate for me. Obviously, I came at a good time. I think also you've got to look at some of the guys we have out of the lineup. They're really good players and they're going to be very important for us down the stretch and there's not a guy in the lineup that doesn't recognize the importance of those guys and I think that competition and knowing that there are very good players that deserve to be in the lineup pushes everybody harder."
That seemed to be a nod toward Jay Pandolfo who came out of the lineup when Shanahan played in his first game in Nashville on Jan. 19 and has not played since.
Although Shanahan has been around the Devils for only two weeks, he is not surprised by the resiliency they've shown recently, particularly in the last two games.
"It's a veteran group and there's a lot of Stanley Cups in this room and that's one of the things you get when you have guys that have been through that, especially when you've been through that together," he said. "You don't win the Stanley Cup without having your back against the wall many times."