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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 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
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

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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