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D-men more active under Lemaire

Friday, 12.31.2010 / 5:56 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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You might have noticed Devils defensemen jumping up in the play more in Wednesday’s game against the Rangers. They pinched to keep pucks in and joined rushes up ice. In the end, the blueliners contributed 13 of the Devils’ 44 shots in the game.

Andy Greene, who was second among New Jersey defenseman with 20:47 of ice time, led the D corps with four shots. He credited new strategy from Jacques Lemaire for the turnaround.

“I think we definitely were up a little more (Wednesday),” Greene said. “We were keeping pucks in and we had good support coming back, too. We had that third guy high that allows us to go in there. When they do that, it’s easier for us to keep pucks in.”

The Devils have struggled to score, particularly from the back end. Of the 12 different skaters to have suited up defensively this season, only four have at least one goal. The lead in that category – three – belongs to Matt Taormina, who has not played since Nov. 12.

More aggressive play from defensemen is something Greene says Lemaire has encouraged.

“Yeah, definitely,” Greene said. “Getting us up the ice, getting into the play, make sure we’re following it up closely, get good gaps and make sure we’re ready when the puck’s coming. Not pinches, but sometimes it’s a pinch. Just being ready for (the puck).”

Lemaire has emphasized the first pass coming out of the defensive zone.

“It’s something we’ve been working on, is getting the puck up quickly so our forwards know what we’re doing, so everyone’s on the same page,” Greene said. “We’re not going D to D five, six times. It’s kind of, get that first option, and if it’s not there go to your partner, then it’s right up (to the forwards). It’s not, hang on to it. If the play’s there obviously make it, but it’s something that we’re trying to do; we’re all trying to get on the same page so everyone knows what’s going on.”

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 23 16 6 1 61 57 33
2 TBL 22 14 6 2 77 60 30
3 PIT 19 13 4 2 69 44 28
4 NYI 20 14 6 0 68 57 28
5 BOS 22 13 9 0 57 54 26
6 DET 20 10 5 5 55 49 25
7 TOR 21 11 8 2 67 63 24
8 OTT 19 9 6 4 52 50 22
9 NYR 20 9 7 4 57 58 22
10 WSH 20 9 8 3 56 54 21
11 NJD 21 9 9 3 53 61 21
12 FLA 18 7 5 6 40 47 20
13 PHI 19 8 9 2 57 60 18
14 CAR 20 6 11 3 48 62 15
15 CBJ 20 6 12 2 49 72 14
16 BUF 21 6 13 2 36 70 14

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 21 3 10 -2 13
M. Cammalleri 15 8 4 4 12
A. Henrique 15 6 6 5 12
M. Ryder 21 4 7 3 11
M. Zidlicky 21 3 8 0 11
P. Elias 21 2 9 -6 11
T. Zajac 21 4 4 -2 8
D. Severson 21 4 4 2 8
E. Gelinas 18 2 5 3 7
T. Ruutu 20 5 1 2 6
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 9 8 2 .914 2.58
S. Clemmensen 0 0 1 .852 4.71