Stefan Matteau probably has one game left playing in the NHL this season.

It is doubtful the Devils will keep him after Tuesday night's game in Boston, which would be his fifth of the season. After that, the Devils would have to keep him on their roster for the rest of the season and use up the first year on his contract unless they chose to return him to his junior hockey team.

Either way, the 18-year-old Matteau won't forget his first game in Montreal tonight with his parents, friends and junior teammates in the crowd.

"It was great, a great experience having my family and everyone else here," he said.

Although he started at left wing on the first line with Travis Zajac and Ilya Kovalchuk, he didn't stay there. He was nervous and, at times, it showed.

"He did a good job," coach Pete DeBoer said.

How did Matteau rate himself?

"I thought I played good," he said. "At the start I was playing on the top line for a while. Too bad we didn't get the win."

Matteau had 12 shifts for 9:32 of ice time. He was plus-1.