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Devils Notebook - Feb. 8

Tuesday, 02.08.2011 / 2:52 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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Devils Notebook - Feb. 8
Now that he's turned the Devils' season around, everyone wants to know what Jacques Lemaire's next move will be.

Though he has previously said this is it, reports out of Montreal over the weekend suggested that Lemaire might not be ready to call it quits.

"What I said is, I’ll finish the season, and after, I’ll tell [Devils' President/CEO/GM Lou Lamoriello] what exactly I’m doing next year," Lemaire offered this morning.

If he has a plan in place, he's not telling just yet.

"I've got an idea, but you know, I’ve had a lot of ideas in the past and they change," he said.

He announced his retirement last April, ostensibly closing the books on a 17-year career behind the bench. But a call from Lamoriello was enough to bring him back as John MacLean's replacement on Dec. 23.

Has Lemaire opened the door for a possible comeback in 2011-12?

"I’m not opening anything," he said. "I came here to help the team, the organization, Lou, so these guys play better. That’s what I’m doing. When the season’s over, then we’ll talk. We’ll sit and talk."

Carolina rematch
Lemaire would rather forget the 6-3 rout the Devils suffered in Carolina on New Year's Day.

"Thanks for reminding me," Lemaire said when it was brought up this morning.

It was the Devils' seventh loss in eight games, and became the first of a four-game losing streak. They have come a long way since then, and have gone 9-1-2 to open the second half.

"Well we’re playing better," Lemaire said. "I was just watching the game prior to this. Lot of things we didn’t do. This team hasn’t changed from the 90s how they play. Still the same team. Different people, still the same team. A team that plays hard, forechecks, D involved. Good on PK, PP. They get their goals, go to the net. They’re well-balanced, that’s why they’re right there [in the playoff chase]."

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  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

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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

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