Win and the playoff odds improve.

Lose twice to the Devils, and it’s over.

“If you check the standings, they are four points ahead of us,” goalie Ilya Bryzgalov said of the Flyers' week ahead. “And they have a game in hand.

“You win both games, you’re tied with them. And you have a good chance to continue to battle for the playoffs. If you lose both games, you’re done. That’s it.”

Usually, coach Peter Laviolette doesn’t see things as "life or death" circumstances and doesn’t place more importance on one game over another.

Yet even now he realizes that after last week’s “0-for” against the Rangers, Penguins and Bruins, the Flyers are pretty much out of free passes to get back into the playoff chase.

“We’ve got to start with one [win], it’s a real important week for us,” Laviolette said. “I don’t like to coach two games – you can’t play both games, just one. Bryz has a valid point.

“It’s a big week facing the Devils. If you look at the standings, there are teams we need to be successful against.”

New Jersey holds the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference with 29 points – four points more than the Flyers. The Devils also have a key game in hand.

The Flyers play Wednesday and Friday against them. No other games. Plenty of practice time. Ample rest.

Laviolette said there is no excuse for his team not to have a keen sense of urgency about the task at hand the entire week.

“There aren’t any excuses and there will be no excuses if we don’t,” he said. “We’re coming off a day off. A good practice today where we worked on a lot of things. We’re going in with a lineup that’s ready to play.