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Devils turn page, head for Pittsburgh

Monday, 04.04.2011 / 4:31 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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Devils turn page, head for Pittsburgh
Lemaire was disappointed with Saturday's loss.
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Jacques Lemaire is feeling better.

He wasn’t too happy after Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Montreal that ended the Devils’ playoff hopes and snapped their streak of postseason appearances at 13.

“Could be one of the worst [games], if not the worst,” Lemaire said Monday. The Devils fell behind 3-0 in the third period despite a strong performance by Martin Brodeur. who had 26 saves.

Lemaire suggested the previous night’s victory over Philadelphia might have been draining.

“You’re trying to find out what really happened,” he said. “But you know, it was not only one guy, there. It was pretty much the whole team. When it’s the whole team, what would come to your mind is, well, we played the night before, guys were getting tired. We’ve been on the ice for the last probably 10 days.”

The season wraps up with a pair of back-to-backs, starting Tuesday in Pittsburgh followed by a home encounter with Toronto on Wednesday.

The Devils visit the Garden Saturday for a game that could have big implications for the Rangers’ postseason chances, then close out the regular season at home against Boston on Sunday.

It was evident at Monday’s practice that Lemaire is still working hard on the ice. He expects the same from his players in these finals days of the 2010-11 campaign.

“It always crosses your mind that maybe there’ll be a letdown,” Lemaire said. “But this is our job to try to get the players as ready as possible. The players' job is to play. Let’s all do our job and we’ll be fine.”

The coach’s goals from here on out are pretty straightforward.

“Play well, win the most games possible, get the guys to enjoy their last few games by working,” he said.

- Zach Parise wasn’t surprised by the soreness he felt after Saturday’s contest.

He returned after missing 65 games with a knee injury and recorded two shots in more than 16 minutes of ice time.

“It was sore, it definitely was sore, but that’s what I expected,” Parise said Monday. “Not just [the] knee, but shoulders from taking the contact and stuff. It was good.”

Parise will use the rest of the season to recover a feel for game play. As a team, Parise said there’s a responsibility to continue competing.

“You want to set a good example for the first-year guys and the younger players, and still approach every game like we gotta win,” he said. “We want to win. We owe it to the fans to play every game hard and try to win every game. We still have things to play for.”

With Parise back, Lemaire said he’ll continue tinkering with his lines.

Parise started Saturday with Jacob Josefson and Mattias Tedenby. In the practices leading up to his comeback, Parise had replaced Ilya Kovalchuk on the top line with Travis Zajac and Nick Palmieri.

On Monday, Kovalchuk skated with Zajac and Palmieri, while Parise was matched with Josefson and Dainius Zubrus. Tedenby was moved the right side of a trio with Brian Rolston and Patrik Elias.

“We’ll see what’s going on there,” said Lemaire. “I’ll try different lines until I find players that go well together.”

- Colin White and Anton Volchenkov were both absent from Monday’s practice.

White has missed four games since suffering a lower body injury in Pittsburgh on March 25. Volchenkov was injured (lower body) the same night, returned Friday against the Flyers, then missed Saturday’s game. Lemaire said both are out for Tuesday’s contest.

Lemaire was uncertain whether either would return before the end of the season.

“It would be a guess,” he said.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 40 10 16 -1 26
J. Jagr 43 9 16 -10 25
M. Cammalleri 35 15 6 -3 21
P. Elias 37 6 14 -14 20
M. Zidlicky 47 4 16 -7 20
M. Ryder 42 6 12 -2 18
T. Zajac 39 8 8 -7 16
S. Gomez 23 4 12 -5 16
S. Bernier 32 6 7 1 13
M. Havlat 29 5 7 -10 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 19 4 .920 2.41
K. Kinkaid 1 3 3 .913 2.54