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Tallinder admires Lidstrom's work ethic

Tuesday, 01.25.2011 / 5:11 PM ET / 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.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
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11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
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14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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