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Coach's Corner

Saturday, 04.9.2011 / 10:55 AM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Coach\'s Corner
Jacques Lemaire resisted stoking the coals of the Devils-Rangers rivalry this morning.

Lemaire was asked if, in his playing days with Montreal, he would've been a little extra fired up to bump the rival Bruins from the postseason chase. A Devils regulation win this afternoon at Madison Square Garden would accomplish that against their cross-river foes.

"I know in the old days, definitely, that if Boston, as an example, we could beat Boston to put them out, I would try to do my best, definitely," Lemaire said. "But it’s any team. We beat them it wouldn’t be the same."

The coach felt the season series with the Rangers was lacking this year. The Devils fell out of the race early, while the Rangers had ranked among the top eight since Oct. 30. They were bumped to ninth with Carolina's win on Friday.

The Hurricanes host Tampa Bay tonight and could clinch the final spot with a win.

"As a player, definitely when you do have a rivalry, you did in the past, we didn’t this year," Lemaire said. "Not like past years. Rivalry this year was not the same, because of the fact they were always in the playoffs. Us, we struggled, so you don’t look at being ahead of them."

Could this game revive the feud?

"I don’t think in one game, because you don’t play them anymore," he said. "Let’s say that you would beat them and then you go on and play another game against them, then you would get it back."

Lemaire wants to see how his group performs in what's essentially a must-win for the home team. The Devils host Boston in their season finale tomorrow at the Rock.

“See how they’ll come out today and tomorrow," he said. "Two games in the afternoon, last two games. You want to see who’s going to stick with it ‘til the end.”

- Mattias Tedenby has enjoyed a strong finish to his rookie season. He's tallied a goal and an assist in the last two games, and has played well on the right side of a line with Brian Rolston and Patrik Elias. Previously, he'd been at left wing with fellow rookie Jacob Josefson and David Clarkson.

"I don’t know if he could’ve achieved it with Josefson, who’s a young guy, a young center, and a checker as a winger on the other side," Lemaire said. "I don’t know if he could have achieved it. Now that he has the opportunity to play with Rolston and Patrik, it gives him a better chance to really do what he can do, improve his game, do certain things on the ice that he’s going to get help.

"He’s confident with them, he brings them life. He even seems better in his own end. That’s how it is. It’s strange, but he is playing better in his own end than he ever did. And not that I talked to him about it, it just came with probably playing with Rollie and Pat."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59