Zubrus, who has one goal and four points in nine games this season for New Jersey (5-1-3), will be sidelined with an upper-body injury. There is no timetable on his return to the lineup.
During the morning skate Thursday, coach Peter DeBoer had rookie Stefan Matteau playing left wing with center Travis Zajac and right wing Ilya Kovalchuk. The second line had Adam Henrique with wings Patrik Elias and David Clarkson.
Matteau will suit up Thursday against the Lightning, his sixth game with the club this season, meaning his entry-level contract will kick in. If Matteau didn't play in a sixth game with the Devils this season, the organization would save a year on his entry-level deal.
In five games with New Jersey, Matteau didn't record a point, sported a plus-one rating and has averaged 8:28 in ice time. He did open his last two games on the team's top line alongside center Travis Zajac and right wing Ilya Kovalchuk while Adam Henrique was recovering from thumb surgery, but was eventually moved to the fourth unit.
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