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D-men more active under Lemaire

Friday, 12.31.2010 / 5:56 PM ET / 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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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