It's actually a really good question. We're defensive minded enough when we want to be to adjust the game plan around a backup goalie. I think we would be good enough to be right in the mix to qualify. Hank is great, but how many bumps up in the east do we realistically get from him? Maybe that would be a better question...
16 years ago when Richter went down, Healy stepped in, held down the fort, and we almost won the division.
2 years ago when Brodeur went down, Clemmenson stepped in, held down the fort, and the Devils won the division.
Henke is the most valuable player on this team, but I feel that if heaven forbid he did go down, Biron (who is much better then Healy and Clemmenson) would be able to "hold down the fort" until he came back, and we would still make the playoffs. We'd have to scratch and claw, but we could do it.
That said, I would prefer we not have to find out if I'm right!