Lamoriello uncertain if he’ll return behind Devils’ bench vs. Avs

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For the first time since taking over as head coach in December Lou Lamoriello watched from the press box as the Devils fell 6-2 to the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.

According to Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Record, the 72-year-old is uncertain of whether he’ll return behind the New Jersey bench tonight when the Devils visit the Colorado Avalanche.

“I think there’s been enough discussion on that as far as what I can and can’t do there,” Lamoriello said. “There’s things that you can find out from both areas because there’s a different viewpoint. It’s not that you don’t have that. It’s just a decision of what’s going to be best going forward.”

As for what he saw in the loss Tuesday, Lamoriello said, “We got outchanced, we got outmuscled and we were beat to the puck.They were a desperate team and mentally, I thought, we did some things that I haven’t seen us do for quite a while. So, we just have to respond to that.”

Colorado (30-26-11) won the only other meeting of the season 3-2 on Nov. 15.

The Avs remain mathematically in the hunt for a wild card spot in the Western Conference, but their playoff hopes took a blow in Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to the L.A. Kings.

Colorado trails Winnipeg for the second wild card spot by seven points with both teams having played the same amount of games.