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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 / 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.


SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51