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NJD Notes 12.12: Lemaire on parity, Flyers

Saturday, 12.12.2009 / 6:39 PM ET / 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 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