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Tallinder admires Lidstrom's work ethic

Tuesday, 01.25.2011 / 5:11 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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Even as Nicklas Lidstrom nears his 41st birthday in April, he remains among the NHL’s elite blueliners.

He's performing at nearly a point per game clip this season, and leads all defensemen with 42 points (11 goals, 31 assists) in 48 games.

Lidstrom will make his 11th All-Star Game appearance in Raleigh on Sunday, where he’ll be one of the two team captains with Eric Staal.

“He’s an amazing skater and he sees the ice unbelievably well,” said Henrik Tallinder, Lidstrom’s teammate on the 2010 Swedish Olympic squad. “If you look at him when he plays, he never has his eyes on the puck. Never, ever. So he always knows what’s going to happen next. You can’t say enough about him. The hockey sense he has is just remarkable.”

Tallinder observed that Lidstrom’s work ethic is evident even in practice.

“He never lets off; he always goes hard,” Tallinder said. “That keeps his habits intact. I’m sure he has days that he doesn’t want to be there at practice, but he always does it. It’s a commitment and it’s hard work. I think he’s one of the hardest working guys, still.”

But Lidstrom doesn't reserve hard work for the ice alone.

“You watch him,” Tallinder continued. “He’s the guy who’s always there on the bike before practice, after practice preparing himself. He keeps it up no matter what he does.”

Drafted 48th overall by Buffalo in 1997, Tallinder looked up to Hall of Famers like Brian Leetch and to Stanley Cup-winning Swedish players like Tomas Jonsson of the Islanders dynasty.

“But Lidstrom was definitely one of them, especially later on,” Tallinder said. 

The Devils have won four in a row, six of of their last seven and visit Detroit on Wednesday. Tallinder has a goal and two assists in the last three contests, and knows it’s best to go into this weekend’s All-Star break on a hot streak.

“It’s going to make it way easier to start it up again on [Tuesday],” he said. “Just try to enjoy those days off would be way, way better if you get a win.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51