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NJD Notes 12.04: Lemaire quotes

Friday, 12.4.2009 / 12:27 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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NJD Notes 12.04: Lemaire quotes
Jacques Lemaire spoke to the media during today's morning skate.

Lemaire on facing Tampa Bay tonight
"It’s a team that improved their game from the start of the season. They’re playing much better; they’re intense. They have a great power play. You still have (Vinny) Lecavalier, and even though he doesn’t have a lot of goals, he’s a threat every time he’s on the ice. (Martin) St. Louis, that’s playing every night, playing hard; and (Steven) Stamkos and (Ryan) Malone that are both having a great year so far. They have some power offensively. They have their two top lines. You have to check; you have to play your best hockey against them."

…on Stamkos, the Lightning's leading scorer
"The games he's played against us, he's quick, he's fast, he's got a great release. He's got a touch for scoring goals, controls the puck well and has good hockey sense. He'll be a real one."

…on what he expects from his team at the start of tonight's game
"Intensity. Start on the puck and stay on the puck."

…on the impact he hopes Thursday's practice will have
"It's just to get them focused on the basics. When things are not going your way, you get out of the system. You're trying to cheat here, cheat there because you want to change that bad game, 'Maybe I’m going to change it if I get a puck and maybe I can run and get a goal and change the whole thing.' You get one guy doing it, then another guy doing it, and so on, then your position doesn’t matter and it gets worse. So we just went on and started to talk about position, what this guy’s doing in this situation and so on."

…on managing his goalies on the Friday-Saturday back-to-back
"We do have a plan. We’ll talk about our plan after the game, because plans change, as you well know."

…on the strategic advantage coaches gain by not revealing their starting goaltender
"We have tape on the goalie every meeting. If we don't know (who an opponent is starting), we have to prepare two tapes of the goalie. If you want to make our job easier, give us the goalie every night and we won't worry about the other one."

…on Ilkka Pikkarainen's play since his one-game conditioning assignment in Lowell
"He's more intense. I wish he would've started the season like this, he would've played more. He's skating, he's better with the puck."

…on whether the stint in Lowell had an impact
"Maybe when we sent him down, he came back and liked it a little more in the NHL than in the minors: 'I like the planes more than the bus.'"

…on Vladimir Zharkov's confidence in his first two NHL games, and the performance of the team's young players
"Yeah, he is. They need to play, that's what they need. To get to the other level, they need to play a lot and be in different situations that they will get experience. You can do this to a certain limit. You don't want to lose games because you want to give experience to a kid. They're doing fine."

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59