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Western Central Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
30-8-3 63
27-14-3 57
25-12-5 55
25-10-3 53
22-16-2 46
17-15-7 41
16-20-7 39
10-27-4 24

2021 Stats

Plus-Minus Goals Scored For or Against Total
Time On Ice Per Game
Penalty Minutes
Regular Season 10 13 14 17:30 10

Top Jon Merrill News

  • Wild's Jon Merrill: Enters virus protocols

    The Wild placed Merrill in COVID-19 protocols Wednesday.

    The defenseman will certainly miss Friday's game at the Rangers and could miss Sunday's versus the Islanders as well. Merrill has two assists in his last three games and has totaled 13 points while averaging 17:30 of ice time in 38 games this season. Upon clearing protocols, he should rejoin Dmitry Kulikov on the third defense pairing.

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  • Wild's Jon Merrill: Slides first 2022 helper

    Merrill provided an assist in a 5-1 win over the Blackhawks on Friday.

    Merrill had not yet provided any points in the new year, helping Calen Addison in this one. The defenseman sits at 12 points in 36 games this season.

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  • Wild's Jon Merrill: Pens three-year extension

    Merrill secured a three-year, $3.6 million extension from Minnesota on Tuesday.

    Merrill has delivered 25 hits, blocked 51 shots and recorded 11 points this season. The 29-year-old has played on the third line for most of 2021-22 but has seen his role expand over the course of the season.

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  • Wild's Jon Merrill: Opens scoring in shootout loss

    Merrill scored a goal in Thursday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Sabres.

    Merrill fired a shot that trickled through Sabres goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen's pads in the first period. The goal was Merrill's third of the season, and he's up to 11 points in 29 contests. The 29-year-old defenseman has added 27 shots on net, 46 blocked shots and a plus-7 rating while playing in a third-pairing role for much of the year.

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  • Wild's Jon Merrill: Contributes helper in loss

    Merrill notched an assist and two hits in Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Golden Knights.

    Merrill has posted three assists in eight games since his last goal. The 29-year-old defenseman has been steadier than initially expected in all facets of the game this year. He has 10 points, a plus-7 rating, 46 blocked shots and 26 shots on goal through 28 contests.

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  • Wild's Jon Merrill: Takes assist in win

    Merrill recorded an assist, two shots on net, two blocked shots and two PIM in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Sharks.

    Merrill set up Kevin Fiala at 6:22 of the first period for the opening tally. The assist ended a three-game dry spell for Merrill. The American blueliner is up to nine points, 26 shots on net, 37 blocks and a plus-9 rating through 26 contests. His career high in points is 15 in 57 outings with the Golden Knights in 2018-19, but the 29-year-old is poised to crush that mark if he can be even a semi-regular contributor on offense the rest of the way.

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  • Wild's Jon Merrill: Grabs helper in win

    Merrill notched an assist, two shots on net and two hits in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Coyotes.

    Merrill set up Jordan Greenway for the eventual game-winning tally at 14:19 of the second period. The 29-year-old Merrill has contributed modestly on offense with eight points, 21 shots on goal, 31 blocked shots, 17 hits and a plus-4 rating. He'll likely remain in a bottom-four role.

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  • Wild's Jon Merrill: Picks up second goal of season

    Merrill scored a goal on three shots in Friday's 7-1 win over the Jets.

    Merrill buried a snapshot from the top of the left circle to extend Minnesota's lead to 5-0 midway through the second period. It was the second goal of the year for Merrill, who has seven points in 20 games after notching only five in 49 contests a year ago.

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  • Wild's Jon Merrill: Collects helper Thursday

    Merrill logged an assist in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Golden Knights.

    Merrill set up Ryan Hartman's tally at 13:35 of the third period. The 29-year-old Merrill has been unusually productive on the Wild's road trip, logging three helpers in his last two games. He's up to six points in 13 contests overall, already exceeding his output from 49 games last year. Despite the recent hot run, Merrill shouldn't be considered a steady source of offense.

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  • Wild's Jon Merrill: Supplies pair of assists

    Merrill notched two assists, three blocked shots, two PIM and a plus-2 rating in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Coyotes.

    Merrill set up Marcus Foligno for a deflected goal in the first period and helped out on Dmitry Kulikov's tally in the second. With five points in 12 contests, Merrill has already matched his output from 49 games between the Canadiens and Red Wings last season. He's played consistently on the third pairing with the Wild, adding 17 blocked shots, 13 shots on net and a plus-5 rating.

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  • Wild's Jon Merrill: Pens one-year contract

    Merrill secured a one-year, $850,000 deal from Minnesota on Thursday.

    Merrill split his time between Detroit and Montreal last season after being flipped to the Habs at the trade deadline. Considering the veteran blueliner has reached the 10-point mark just once in the last six years, fantasy players will want to pursue alternative depth options regardless of format.

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  • Canadiens' Jon Merrill: Ready to rock

    Merrill (undisclosed) will play in Wednesday's Game 2 versus the Golden Knights.

    Merrill missed seven games with the injury, but he's ready to return. Alexander Romanov exited the lineup to make room for Merrill, who is expected to play a defensive role on the third pairing Wednesday.

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  • Canadiens' Jon Merrill: Game-time call for Game 2

    Merrill (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for Game 2 against the Golden Knights on Wednesday, Eric Engels of reports.

    Merrill has already missed seven games due to his undisclosed injury but appears to be nearing a return to action. Considering the veteran blueliner is pointless in his last 19 games, even if he does get back into action Wednesday, he's unlikely to impact fantasy lineups.

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  • Canadiens' Jon Merrill: Not taking contact yet

    Merrill (undisclosed) skated in a non-contact jersey Monday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

    Merrill's traveling with the team, but his inability to take contact in practice suggests he won't be an option for Monday's Game 1. The blueliner will set his sights on returning for Game 2 on Wednesday.

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  • Canadiens' Jon Merrill: Joining team on trip

    Merrill (undisclosed) will travel with the team to Vegas for Games 1 and 2 starting Monday, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

    Merrill could return as soon as Monday, which would be a bit early after it was reported that he would miss around 10 days on June 8. The 29-year-old blueliner hasn't played since Game 5 against Toronto in the first round. He scored just five assists in 49 games with Montreal and Detroit this season.

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  • Canadiens' Jon Merrill: Will miss around 10 more days

    Merrill (undisclosed) will be sidelined for approximately 10 more days, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

    Merill has been skating on his own of late, but his return to game action evidently still isn't imminent. The 29-year-old blueliner will have to wait for Montreal's third-round matchup against the Avalanche or the Golden Knights for his next potential opportunity to rejoin the lineup.

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  • Canadiens' Jon Merrill: Skating again

    Merrill (undisclosed) skated on his own Monday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

    Merrill hasn't played since being injured in Game 5 against the Maple Leafs but this development suggests he's progressing in his recovery. Coach Dominique Ducharme didn't name Merrill as an option to replace Jeff Petry (upper body) in Monday's Game 4 against the Jets, but perhaps Merrill could be available as soon as Wednesday's Game 5, if such a game is necessary. There's no guarantee Merrill will immediately be given a lineup spot once he's medically cleared to return.

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  • Canadiens' Jon Merrill: Facing extended absence

    Merrill is expected to miss one to two weeks with an undisclosed injury, Arpon Basu of The Athletic reports.

    The Canadiens will need to advance to the second round in order for Merrill to have a chance to play again this season. The veteran blueliner has gone scoreless while posting a minus-11 rating in 13 games since being traded to the Canadiens at the deadline.

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  • Canadiens' Jon Merrill: Makes Canadiens' debut

    Merrill had two shots on net, three hits and one blocked shot over 11:32 of ice time in Wednesday's 4-3 win over Edmonton.

    Merrill, who was acquired from the Red Wings on April 11, spent seven days quarantining in an Edmonton hotel before clearing protocols. "(Merrill) is an experienced guy," Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme told Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette after the morning skate. "We really like his ability to kill plays and start the rush. He's efficient in those areas." Brett Kulak was made a healthy scratch, clearing the way for Merrill to skate on the third pair, where that experience was deployed alongside rookie Alexander Romanov.

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  • Canadiens' Jon Merrill: Making Montreal debut

    Merrill has completed his mandatory quarantine and will make his Canadiens debut Wednesday versus the Oilers, Arpon Basu of The Athletic reports.

    Merrill is expected to skate with Alexander Romanov on Montreal's third pairing Wednesday. He picked up five helpers in 36 games with Detroit before being traded to the Canadiens on April 11.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 204 lbs
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, OK
Age: 29
Experience: 8
Shoots: Left