John MacLean was drafted sixth overall in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils.
MacLean’s claim to fame for the New Jersey Devils, isn’t so much all the offensive records he set. No. MacLean is remembered for scoring an overtime goal against the Chicago Blackhawks on April 3, 1988. This goal would send the Devils into the playoffs for the first time.
MacLean was one of the Devils’ alternate captains when the team won the Stanley Cup in 1995.
He remained with the team until he was traded in 1997 so the San Jose Sharks.
He would go on to play with the New York Rangers and the Dallas Stars before retiring during the 2002 offseason.
MacLean would join the Devils coaching staff in September 2002 as an assistant coach, and was part of the coaching staff of the Stanley Cup winning team that year.
After being named head coach for the Lowell Devils of the AHL in 2009, MacLean was finally named head coach of the New Jersey Devils in 2010, but that didn’t go very well. MacLean was fired on December 23, 2010 while the Devils sat last in the Eastern Conference with a 9-22-2 record.
|Career Stats with the New Jersey Devils|
In their only matchup of the season, tonight the San Jose Sharks will take on the New Jersey Devils.
Big stories are stemming from the game tonight, including Colin White’s return to New Jersey. As you may remember, White was bought out by the Devils during the off-season to free up salary cap space. The question is, when White steps onto the ice, will he be booed or applauded for his time here in NJ?
On the injury front, Martin Brodeur has been sidelined due to his injured shoulder. Brodeur has said that it is getting better, and he hopes to travel with the team in the upcoming road trip. Due to this injury, Johan Hedberg will make his third start of the season. Currently, Hedberg has been standing on his head…berg, while in goal. He has a 3-0 record with a 1.41 GAA. Dressing as the backup tonight will be rookie Keith Kinkaid. Coach Pete DeBoer stated he hates having players on the bench that he doesn’t use. With back-to-back games tonight and tomorrow, at Pittsburgh, it IS possible that Keith Kinkaid could start tomorrow night. Only time will tell.
Meanwhile, the Devils have not played a single game since last Saturday in Nashville. After the great comeback victory, the Devils had five long days off in between that game and tonight’s game. Can the Devils still ride the momentum of their three game winning streak? Or will these days off come back to hurt them? Ilya Kovalchuk hopes to keep leading the way for the Devils. He has been averaging just over 27 minutes per game, which put him fourth in the NHL. While it’s fourth in the NHL overall, it’s first among forwards. He currently leads the team in points (4) and is tied with Zach Parise for the team lead in goals (2).
Coach DeBoer will be making one lineup change tonight compared to the last game at Nashville. Despite his fight having sparked the comeback, Cam Janssen will be the healthy scratch on offense, and Mark Fraser will be the healthy scratch on defense. Lines were altered during the Nashville game, and they remained the same way during practice the past couple of days.
Here are tonight’s projected starting lineups:
Tonight is Hockey Fights Cancer night at Prudential Center. For more information on what will be going on throughout the arena tonight, check out this post.