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Devils Notebook - Feb. 8

Tuesday, 02.8.2011 / 2:52 PM ET / 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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
4 TBL 50 28 18 4 131 115 60
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 49 25 17 7 126 122 57
10 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
11 CAR 52 23 21 8 124 138 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 53 20 28 5 133 167 45

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
L. Stempniak 52 15 23 7 38
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
K. Palmieri 52 20 15 3 35
A. Henrique 50 16 16 14 32
T. Zajac 44 7 17 6 24
D. Schlemko 44 6 9 -8 15
A. Larsson 52 2 11 12 13
D. Severson 50 1 12 0 13
A. Greene 52 4 6 2 10
J. Moore 44 3 7 -1 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 23 15 5 .929 2.03
K. Kinkaid 3 5 1 .909 2.52
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