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NJD Notes 12.12: Lemaire on parity, Flyers

Saturday, 12.12.2009 / 6:39 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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NJD Notes 12.12: Lemaire on parity, Flyers
Head coach Jacques Lemaire spoke to the media before Saturday's game against the Flyers. He will use the same lineup from Friday's loss to Florida.

Why are all teams so hard (to play against)?
"That’s a tough question. I guess every GM tries to improve their team. With the cap, I guess in a time, it would come to parity in the League. I think it’s here now more than ever."

How does that impact the job of the head coach?
"Us, it’s not that bad because we’re not playing. It’s the players that we demand a lot of every night to put the effort that is necessary to win. As soon as a team starts to win and be the focus in the league, then every team gets ready for your team and they want to beat you. They want to see how far they are to that top team."

You've lost to the Flyers twice. Is there extra incentive when a team has had your number?
"Definitely. Today it’s a huge game for us. They beat us twice. It seems they’re playing at their best against us. But on the other hand, I was just looking at our last game we played them and we played good, we just have to get the right shot at the right time. We’re getting some chances. The goaltender was good but as I say, we have to get the right shot at the right time and get people in front of the goalie. This is a trend in the league now that more and more players go in front of the net so they can screen the goalie and look for rebounds; look for tips. You look at our game last night, they scored two goals on tips. It makes a huge difference when you do go there."

The decision to start Martin Brodeur tonight?
"I think he feels good right now. I don’t think we overplayed him; we gave him enough time to rest. He’s ready for this game tonight. We’ll have the same lineup as last night."

Do you like the long December homestand?
"If we win most of the games, yes. If we don’t, no. I don’t like it. As I said, I can like it. You know, when you play two, three games at home, and then you go on the road and play two, three games, you’re moving in and out, and I think it’s a lot easier to focus to play and be sharp every night. Especially during Christmas, it’s tough when you’re home to keep the focus, but the guys, they’ve been good so far."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 30 20 6 4 98 71 44
2 TBL 33 20 10 3 110 87 43
3 NYI 31 21 10 0 99 89 42
4 MTL 32 20 10 2 87 80 42
5 DET 32 17 7 8 92 80 42
6 TOR 31 19 9 3 109 87 41
7 BOS 32 16 13 3 81 83 35
8 NYR 29 15 10 4 89 79 34
9 FLA 29 13 8 8 66 75 34
10 WSH 30 14 10 6 86 81 34
11 OTT 31 13 12 6 82 86 32
12 CBJ 30 13 15 2 72 95 28
13 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28
14 NJD 33 11 16 6 74 96 28
15 PHI 30 11 14 5 80 90 27
16 CAR 30 8 19 3 62 87 19

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 32 5 15 -9 20
A. Henrique 26 8 10 2 18
M. Zidlicky 33 4 13 -5 17
M. Cammalleri 23 11 4 0 15
M. Ryder 32 4 10 -1 14
D. Severson 32 4 8 -4 12
P. Elias 27 3 9 -13 12
E. Gelinas 26 4 6 3 10
T. Zajac 25 4 4 -4 8
S. Bernier 22 2 6 3 8
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Kinkaid 0 1 2 .942 1.71
C. Schneider 11 15 3 .916 2.55