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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 TBL 51 32 15 4 166 133 68
2 MTL 49 32 14 3 130 111 67
3 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 50 28 14 8 145 129 64
6 BOS 50 27 16 7 134 124 61
7 NYR 47 28 15 4 139 112 60
8 WSH 50 25 15 10 147 129 60
9 FLA 47 21 16 10 115 132 52
10 PHI 51 22 22 7 140 151 51
11 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
12 TOR 51 22 25 4 144 156 48
13 NJD 50 19 22 9 113 138 47
14 CBJ 48 21 24 3 120 151 45
15 CAR 49 17 26 6 105 129 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 43 10 17 -1 27
J. Jagr 46 10 16 -12 26
M. Cammalleri 38 16 7 -2 23
P. Elias 40 6 15 -13 21
M. Zidlicky 50 4 16 -8 20
M. Ryder 42 6 12 -2 18
S. Gomez 26 4 13 -6 17
S. Bernier 35 8 8 3 16
T. Zajac 42 8 8 -6 16
M. Havlat 32 5 8 -9 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Kinkaid 2 3 3 .919 2.34
C. Schneider 17 19 5 .922 2.36