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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 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
15 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
L. Stempniak 56 15 25 6 40
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
A. Henrique 54 19 18 14 37
K. Palmieri 56 20 16 3 36
T. Zajac 48 8 19 7 27
D. Schlemko 48 6 9 -8 15
A. Larsson 56 2 11 12 13
D. Severson 52 1 12 -1 13
J. Blandisi 17 4 7 -1 11
J. Josefson 45 3 8 -14 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 25 16 6 .931 1.98
K. Kinkaid 3 5 1 .909 2.52
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