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MacLean turns to Hedberg vs. Caps

Monday, 11.22.2010 / 1:19 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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The Devils have a tough task ahead as they get set to host the League-leading Washington Capitals tonight. But head coach John MacLean is encouraged by his team’s effort in Saturday’s game at St. Louis.

Though they wound up on the short end of a 3-2 final, the Devils scored 26 seconds into the game, then established a 2-1 lead before the Blues rallied. They put 37 shots on Jaroslav Halak, as St. Louis allowed more than 31 shots on home ice for the first time all season.

“We had the opportunities,” MacLean said this morning. “I wish we would’ve gone up 3-1 when we did there, but we weren’t able to score. We had those opportunities in the second. We have to be ready right off the start again, be conscious of our positioning, our third man, limit the odd number situations, and manage the puck properly.”

Tonight’s game is the second of four meetings between the teams. The Devils (5-13-2) suffered a 7-2 loss at Washington (14-5-2) back on Oct. 9. Johan Hedberg, who relieved Martin Brodeur in that game to start the third period, starts tonight.

In their second game of the season, New Jersey built a 2-1 advantage only to see the Capitals score six unanswered, including an Alex Ovechkin penalty shot.

Ovechkin and teammate Alex Semin are tied for third overall with 26 points. With 22 points, Nicklas Backstrom's the third Cap among the top 20 scorers in the League.

“They embarrassed us last game,” the coach said. “They lit us up pretty good. They’re a high-flying team, they can put the puck in the net, so we’re going to have to be aware of that, manage it properly, and pay attention to all our details.”

MacLean went with St. Louis native Mike McKenna against the Blues. He registered 24 saves in his hometown debut. Two unfortunate plays – a late whistle and a bad bounce off the end boards – separated McKenna from a better outcome.

“I felt Mike was going to give us the best opportunity to win, so that’s what I went with,” MacLean said. “You have to make those decisions and tonight Heddy’s going to play. We look for Heddy to have a good game for us. I think he’s going to give us the best chance to win tonight.”

The Devils recalled defenseman Mark Fayne from Albany (AHL) under emergency conditions, but MacLean indicated he had yet to make a decision on his d-men tonight.

“I told the seven D to be ready,” MacLean said. “He’s been playing well down there, so we’ll see. We may put him in. He’s a right-hand shot, so we’ll see.”

Fayne, 23, was New Jersey’s fifth choice in 2005. He has one goal, three assists in 16 games with Albany this season, his first in the AHL. After notching the game-winner in a 4-0 triumph at Rochester on Saturday, he’s hoping to make his NHL debut tonight.

“It’s been going well,” Fayne said of his first year with the 8-9-0-0 A-Devils. “We hit a bit of a rough patch past couple of weeks, but this past weekend we got out of it with two big wins. It looks like we’re getting back on track.”

His parents will travel from Sagamore Beach, Cape Cod, to be at tonight’s game.

“I’m just trying to experience everything and make the best of it,” said Fayne. He has spent time on the Albany penalty kill, and plays a defense-first style.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 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