BOSTON -- The New Jersey Devils and Boston Bruins will both try to keep their respective point streaks going Tuesday night at TD Garden.
Boston has points in five straight to start the season, and New Jersey has done the same in its first four contests.
For two Devils, however, the Eastern Conference showdown should be a little more important than for others. Rookie Stefan Matteau will try to make one last impression on the team's brass to stay in the NHL for the duration of this season, and Matt Anderson is scheduled to make his NHL debut at 30 years old.
After the Devils' morning skate, coach Pete DeBoer confirmed Matteau would start the night on New Jersey's first line with Travis Zajac and Ilya Kovalchuk.
"We want to give him the best opportunity we can," DeBoer said about Matteau, who will either stick with the Devils or go back to juniors after this game.
Anderson was recalled from Albany (American Hockey League) on Thursday. With Albany, he totaled 20 points (7 goals) in 39 games this season.
"Having watched him on tape," DeBoer said, "especially early this year, he brings speed, he's a smart player and hopefully we can help us."
Johan Hedberg will make his first start in net of the season for the Devils.
The Bruins, who are playing the second half of a back-to-back for the first time this season, did not hold a full morning skate. Adam McQuaid, who missed Monday night's win at the Carolina Hurricanes to attend his grandmother's funeral, returned to the team and is available to play.
Here are the projected lineups:
Milan Lucic – David Krejci – Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Tyler Seguin
Chris Bourque – Chris Kelly – Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille – Gregory Campbell – Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara – Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg – Dougie Hamilton
Aaron Johnson – Andrew Ference
Scratches: Lane MacDermid, Adam McQuaid
Stefan Matteau – Travis Zajac – Ilya Kovalchuk
Dainius Zubrus – Patrik Elias – David Clarkson
Ryan Carter – Stephen Gionta – Steve Bernier
Krystofer Barch – Jacob Josefson – Matt Anderson
Bryce Salvador – Marek Zidlicky
Henrik Tallinder – Anton Volchenkov
Andy Greene – Mark Fayne
Scratch: Cam Janssen, Peter Harrold