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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."

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 69 16 24 -3 40
M. Cammalleri 62 25 13 3 38
P. Elias 63 11 21 -16 32
S. Gomez 52 7 24 -7 31
S. Bernier 61 13 14 3 27
T. Zajac 68 11 12 -4 23
A. Larsson 58 3 19 3 22
A. Greene 76 3 18 3 21
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
E. Gelinas 56 6 11 -3 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 28 8 .928 2.19
K. Kinkaid 5 5 3 .918 2.47