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Matteau to make NHL debut tonight

Saturday, 01.19.2013 / 12:45 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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Matteau to make NHL debut tonight



 
When the puck drops tonight on the new season, it will mark the first step in Stefan Matteau's pro hockey career.

The 29th overall pick in 2012 will make his NHL debut when the Devils open the shortened 2012-13 campaign against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

Matteau, 18, was so excited this morning that he was the first one out on the ice for the morning skate.

"It was a great feeling," he said. "It's obviously a dream come true. Now I have to work hard, now it's just another game. For sure, obviously I was really eager to get out there. Now it's here, the night's here so I have to work hard."

Making the team out of camp was Matteau's goal all along. Now he hopes to stick around. He'll have family in attendance, including his dad, ex-NHLer Stéphane Matteau.

"I came here to work," he said. "I was on a mission, I wanted to make this team. As camp went on I thought I was having a good camp, having a strong camp. I just have to keep working. I have to stay here."

He's ready for a bigger stage than anything he's experienced before.

"The first shift has to be my best shift, then the second has to be better," he said. "I can't be on a cloud the first shift. I have to prove to them that I can play and I want to play here. I just have to play hockey."

• The Devils made two roster moves following Saturday's skate, assigning Bobby Butler to Albany (AHL) after he cleared waivers, and recalling Mattias Tedenby.

• Martin Brodeur will extend his NHL record by starting his 18th straight season opener with the same team.

• Jacob Josefson took part in the morning skate after missing the last two days of practice and will play.

Here's a look at the lines for tonight's game:

Zubrus - Zajac - Kovalchuk
Tedenby - Elias - Clarkson
Carter - Gionta - Bernier
Matteau - Josefson - Janssen

Greene - Fayne
Salvador - Zidlicky
Tallinder - Volchenkov

Brodeur
Hedberg

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51

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