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Matteau debuts, Pietila golden in return

Boucher stays hot to lead OHL with 38 goals

Monday, 01.21.2013 / 10:02 AM / News
By Eric Marin
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Matteau debuts, Pietila golden in return

First-round pick Stefan Matteau got his first taste of the NHL on Saturday when he made his debut in the 2012-13 season opener versus the Islanders. Skating on a line with Jacob Josefson and Cam Janssen/Ilya Kovalchuk, Matteau registered three shots in 7:26 of ice time (12 shifts).

Stefan Matteau

Matteau (29th overall, 2012) became the ninth player in Devils history to debut in the first game of the season following his selection. The previous eight were John MacLean (1983), Kirk Muller (1984), Craig Wolanin (1985), Anders Carlsson (1986), Brendan Shanahan (1987), Sergei Starikov (1989), Andreas Salomonsson (2001), and Adam Larsson (2011).

At 18 years, 10 months and 28 days old, Matteau is the eighth youngest ever to suit up for the Devils. Larsson was seventh at 18 years, 10 months, 26 days.

Scott Niedermayer was the youngest at 18 years, one month and 15 days.

LW Blake Pietila has been golden for Michigan Tech (WCHA) since helping Team USA capture the 2013 World Junior Championship. In his first home game since returning from Ufa, Pietila put up two goals and an assist to lead the Huskies to a 4-0 win over Bemidji St. on Friday. He scored the tying goal in Saturday's 2-2 stalemate to cap a four-point weekend (3g-1a) against the Beavers.

Pietila has 13 goals and three assists in 21 games this season.

LW Reid Boucher extended his points streak to three games (7g-1a) with a goal and an assist for Sarnia on Sunday. Boucher, who has scored in six of nine games this month, leads the OHL with 38 goals.

C Graham Black is riding a five-game points streak (3g-3a) after notching a goal for Swift Current (WHL) on Saturday. Black has three goals and four assists in eight January games and ranks third on the Broncos with 36 points (19g-17a).

D Reece Scarlett leads Swift Current blueliners with 27 points (6g-21a), and stretched his assists streak to three games (4a) with a helper on Saturday.

G Scott Wedgewood guided Trenton (ECHL) to back-to-back wins last week, snapping a personal four-game losing skid. Wedgewood used 26 saves to beat Reading, 4-3 in overtime, on Wednesday. He then stopped 33 of 38 shots in the Titans' 8-5 victory over Elmira on Friday, which included an eight-save relief appearance for the Jackals by Devils prospect Maxime Clermont. Wedgewood is 12-12-2-1 this season with a 3.13 GAA and .899 save percentage.

Clermont posted wins on consecutive days for Elmira last week. He needed 38 saves to top Cincinnati, 3-1, on Tuesday, then delivered 37 saves in a 2-1 triumph over Kalamazoo on Wednesday. He's 9-7-2-1 with a 3.64 GAA and .895 save percentage for the season.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

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

STATS

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