There is an inherent pressure in coming home to play in front of the city that raised you. Martin Brodeur knows it well. His first game in Montreal, as a 21-year-old playing his 18th NHL game, had him teeming with nervous energy. To this day he still feels the butterflies flap around inside his gut.

Now consider what may await Stefan Matteau Sunday as he skates for the first time in Montreal, where his family settled after the end of his father Stephane's itinerant 13 seasons as an NHL player.

A rookie, just 18 and playing in the fourth game of a career that began just a week ago, Matteau admits he is nervous. Again, it was only a few weeks ago that he was playing for a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team 25 minutes away in the Montreal suburb of Boisbriand.

"It all happened so fast," Matteau said. "Two weeks ago I was playing there. But I don't think it's going to make anything easier. I've never played in front of 20,000 fans in Montreal so it's going to be great."

That's 21,273 fans to be exact — but that's not the number Matteau is fixated on. That would be five — the number of games he gets to make an impression in what is effectively a professional tryout.