Merrill (finger) will be available for Tuesday's road game against the Stars, Chris Ryan of NJ.com reports.

Merrill is healthy after breaking his right index finger in the preseason, but he's no lock to play in the upcoming contest. "He's cleared to play, that's why he's practicing full and all of that," coach John Hynes said. "It's just whether we think he's ready to get into a game and face regular game action." If Merrill doesn't lace his skates for the upcoming tilt, Yohann Auvitu and Ben Lovejoy likely would remain on the third defensive pair.

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