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Devils turn page, head for Pittsburgh

Monday, 04.4.2011 / 4:31 PM ET / 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.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
L. Stempniak 55 15 25 6 40
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
A. Henrique 53 18 18 14 36
K. Palmieri 55 20 15 3 35
T. Zajac 47 8 18 7 26
D. Schlemko 47 6 9 -8 15
A. Larsson 55 2 11 12 13
D. Severson 51 1 12 -1 13
A. Greene 55 4 6 2 10
J. Josefson 44 3 7 -14 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 24 16 6 .930 2.01
K. Kinkaid 3 5 1 .909 2.52
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