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.
Merrill (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for Game 2 against the Golden Knights on Wednesday, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Merrill is quarantining in an Edmonton hotel and will join the Canadiens when the team travels for a pair of road games against the Oilers on Monday and Wednesday, John Lu of TSN.ca reports.
Montreal acquired Merrill via a trade with the Red Wings on Sunday, but he'll have to wait a bit before joining his new club due to the NHL's COVID-19 protocols. He's tallied five assists while posting a plus-2 rating in 36 games with Detroit this year.
The Canadiens acquired Merrill via trade from the Red Wings for Hayden Verbeek and a 2021 fifth-round draft pick Sunday.
The Canadiens waived Victor Mete on Sunday to make room for this trade. The 29-year-old blueliner has enjoyed an everyday role with the Red Wings, producing five points over 36 games and starting 56.3 percent of his shifts in the defensive zone. Merrill will be another veteran presence on the Canadiens' blue line as the team makes a playoff push.
Merrill produced an assist, two blocked shots, a pair of shots on goal and a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Predators.
Merrill snapped a 12-game point drought when he set up Adam Erne's third-period tally. The 29-year-old Merrill has been limited to five assists in 35 contests this year. A defense-first blueliner, he's added 58 blocks, 24 hits and a plus-5 rating -- the latter stat is impressive given the Red Wings' minus-37 goal differential as a team.
Merrill notched an assist, three blocked shots and a plus-4 rating in Thursday's 6-4 win over the Lightning.
Merrill was steady on defense, and he added the lone helper on Robby Fabbri's tally in the second period. That goal stood as the game-winner. Merrill has just four assists in 22 games this year. He's added a plus-5 rating, 22 shots on net, 39 blocked shots and 21 hits.
Merrill notched an assist, two blocked shots and two shots on goal in Sunday's 7-2 loss to the Blackhawks.
Merrill carried an 11-game point drought into Sunday's contest. That ended with his primary helper on Sam Gagner's first-period marker. The 29-year-old Merrill has just three assists to go with 28 blocks, 19 shots and a plus-2 rating in 18 appearances this season.
Merrill had an assist in Friday's 3-1 loss to the Lightning.
Merrill got the puck to Filip Zadina, who set up Vladislav Namestnikov for Detroit's lone tally. In his first season with the Red Wings, Merrill has two assists, nine blocked shots and a plus-2 rating in six contests. He's hovering around 20 minutes per game, but the 29-year-old blueliner is typically more of a defensive player.
Merrill will return to the lineup for Wednesday's game versus Tampa Bay.
Merrill was originally expected to be a healthy scratch for Wednesday's contest, but he'll skate on the Red Wings' third pairing versus the Lightning. The 29-year-old American, who was recently activated off injured reserve, has picked up one helper in four games this campaign.
Merrill (COVID-19 protocols) was activated off non-roster injured reserve Wednesday.
Merrill's removal from the NHL's COVID-19 protocol list clears the way for him to suit up in Wednesday's matchup with Tampa Bay, though he likely figures to be a healthy scratch. If he does play, Marc Staal is the most likely candidate to be bounced from the lineup.
Merrill (COVID-19 protocol) will be available for Wednesday's road game against the Lightning.
Merrill will first need to be activated from non-roster injured reserve before making his season debut. The 28-year-old played just four games for the Red Wings last season. He's expected to operate on the third pairing upon return to the lineup.
Merrill (COVID-19 protocols) isn't expected to suit up in Sunday's game against the Blackhawks, NHL.com reports.
Merrill missed Friday's game after he was placed on the protocol list Thursday, and he still doesn't have a clear timetable for a return. With Merrill sidelined, Alex Biega could stay in the lineup as the team's seventh defensemen for Sunday's clash.
Merrill (COVID-19 protocols) isn't expected to be available for Friday's clash with Chicago, NHL.com reports.
Merrill was just placed on the NHL's COVID-19 protocol list Thursday, and at this point there's no telling when he'll be cleared to return. Alex Biega may get the first crack at replacing Merrill in the lineup against the Blackhawks on Friday.
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|06/24||vs LV||W 3-2 (OT)||0||0||0||0||8:45|
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|06/20||vs LV||L 1-2 (OT)||0||0||0||-1||13:27|
|06/18||vs LV||W 3-2 (OT)||0||0||0||+1||16:03|
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