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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.”

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 49 18 22 9 110 137 45
15 CAR 48 17 25 6 104 125 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 42 10 16 -2 26
J. Jagr 45 9 16 -12 25
M. Cammalleri 37 15 6 -2 21
P. Elias 39 6 15 -13 21
M. Zidlicky 49 4 16 -9 20
M. Ryder 42 6 12 -2 18
T. Zajac 41 8 8 -6 16
S. Gomez 25 4 12 -7 16
S. Bernier 34 7 7 2 14
M. Havlat 31 5 8 -9 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 17 19 5 .922 2.36
K. Kinkaid 1 3 3 .913 2.54