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Matteau to make NHL debut tonight

Saturday, 01.19.2013 / 12:45 PM ET / 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

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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