Rush has missed the previous six games with a sprained toe. If he can play, it is unclear if the team will opt to ease him back into action. Shabazz Muhammad is also questionble, so Rush could be needed for some extra minutes if he cannot go.
Green was limited to 15 minutes during Monday's game against the Heat for precautionary reasons after being kneed near the groin area in the first half, Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Green indicated after Monday's game that he'll likely play Wednesday against Sacramento, although it's certainly possible that coach Gregg Popovich will err on the side of caution and allow Green to rest Wednesday, even though the injury isn't believed to be overly serious. If Green sits, Patty Mills and Jonathon Simmons will be in line for added minutes.
With Patrik Laine out, Stafford had been skating with Mark Scheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers on their line. If Stafford misses time, somebody else will have to step in alongside that high-scoring duo.
Merrill (illness) will lace up his skates Saturday against the Flyers.
Merrill's return to the lineup won't likely have a huge fantasy impact, considering he's only notched four points and 18 shots on goal in 23 games. However, considering that he averages 18:11 of ice time per game, it will definitely shake things up minutes wise for New Jersey's defense.
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