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Merrill feeling better, returns to the ice

Sidelined since suffering lacerations in NHL debut on Nov. 3

Saturday, 11.16.2013 / 1:47 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Merrill feeling better, returns to the ice
Merrill feeling better, returns to the ice


  
Jon Merrill's first NHL game didn't go the way he'd hoped, but he said Saturday he's back to feeling good again.

"I don't think that's the way anyone wants their first one to go," Merrill said. "Luckily, I'm feeling great again and back to 100 percent and excited."

Merrill took part in a limited morning skate with forwards Jacob Josefson and Mattias Tedenby and goaltender Martin Brodeur, who was set to start Saturday's home meeting with Pittsburgh.

"It's great," Merrill said of finally being back on the ice. "Sitting there and not being able to do anything, it's a little frustrating. But it's really exciting and great to be back out there."

The Devils' second-round pick in 2010 has missed the last five games. He sustained facial lacerations when he crashed heavily into the boards after being tripped by Minnesota's Torrey Mitchell. He left the game and did not return.

Merrill did take one souvenir away from his first game.

"I think I'll have a pretty nice scar to remember it by," he said.


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2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
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M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
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S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
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C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59