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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.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 51 23 10 4 33
A. Henrique 56 12 20 -1 32
P. Elias 53 10 16 -13 26
S. Gomez 39 5 18 -9 23
M. Zidlicky 63 4 19 -7 23
T. Zajac 55 10 10 -4 20
S. Bernier 48 10 8 1 18
M. Ryder 44 6 12 -2 18
A. Larsson 45 2 16 3 18
M. Havlat 38 5 9 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 23 23 6 .927 2.19
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59