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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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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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