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Posted On Sunday, 11.03.2013 / 9:30 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Devils' Volchenkov scratched; Merrill injured

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The New Jersey Devils were without defenseman Anton Volchenkov against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday night due to a lower-body injury.

Volchenkov has three assists and is a minus-2 in 13 games this season.

In his place, the Devils inserted Jon Merrill, a rookie making his NHL debut. A second-round pick of the Devils (No. 38) in the 2010 NHL Draft, Merrill is considered one of the organization's top prospects.

But less than five minutes into his NHL debut, Merrill raced Wild forward Torrey Mitchell into the corner to gather a loose puck when he appeared to lose an edge, smashing hard into the boards. Merrill appeared cut above the eye and needed assistance from two teammates when leaving the ice. The Devils announced at the start of the third period that Merrill suffered lacerations and he did not return to the game.

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Posted On Sunday, 11.03.2013 / 9:23 PM

NHL.com - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

NJD @ MIN - 7:35 of the Second Period

At 7:35 of the second period in the Devils/Wild game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that the Minnesota shot deflected off New Jersey defenseman Marek Zidlicky and into the Devils net. According to Rule 78.4 "If an attacking player has the puck deflect into the net, off his skate or body, in any manner, the goal shall be allowed." Good goal Minnesota.

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Posted On Sunday, 11.03.2013 / 5:58 PM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Flames' Berra makes NHL debut against Blackhawks

CHICAGO – The trade that sent Jay Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues is about to start paying dividends for the Calgary Flames.

After being recalled from the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League on Saturday, rookie goaltender Reto Berra will make his first NHL start Sunday night against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center.

"He wants to play and I’ll never try to hold back a thoroughbred," Flames coach Bob Hartley told reporters after his team's skate Sunday. "I know of Reto because of my Swiss connections. This guy was probably the biggest free agent in the Swiss League, and he didn't even sign any contracts over there, [do] any deals. His mindset was to play in the NHL. He came here for a reason and that's why he's in [this] game."

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Posted On Sunday, 11.03.2013 / 2:07 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Wild's Parise to face Devils for first time

ST. PAUL, Minn. — In what seems like a weekly ritual for at least one member of the Minnesota Wild, another prominent player will play against his former team. This time it's Zach Parise going against the New Jersey Devils.

After Parise signed with the Wild on July 4, 2012, Minnesota and New Jersey did not play during the lockout-shortened season. That means Parise will get his first crack against a number of former friends and teammates Sunday when the Wild host the Devils at Xcel Energy Center.

"It'll be a lot of fun," Parise said. "It'll be a little different playing against those guys, knowing all of them and everything. Playing against them for the first time will be different, but I'm looking forward to it. A little nervous, but I'm looking forward to it."

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Posted On Sunday, 11.03.2013 / 1:19 PM

NHL.com - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

DAL @ OTT - 0:29 of the First Period

At 0:29 of the first period in the Stars/Senators game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Jamie Benn's shot did not completely cross the goal line. No Goal Dallas.

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Posted On Sunday, 11.03.2013 / 12:23 PM

By Sean Farrell -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Senators hoping to 'dig in' and win against Stars

OTTAWA -- In getting ready to face the Dallas Stars on Sunday, Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean is encouraged that some of his players started "digging in" during their last game, even though the Senators' winless streak reached four in a row.

Ottawa gave up a team-record 57 shots and blew a pair of two-goal leads in a 5-4 shootout loss against the New York Islanders on Friday. The Senators had a 4-2 lead against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday before losing 6-5.

"We didn't cave in and lose the game in regulation, so we got it to overtime and got it to a shootout, so that's what I mean by digging in," MacLean said prior to the game Sunday. "We didn't end up finding a way to lose the game in regulation. We found a way to dig in and at least we got something out of the game. [Sunday] we need to dig in here and find a way to win a game."

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Posted On Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 7:07 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Elias joins Zajac among injured Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils left wing Patrik Elias has sustained upper-body soreness and will not play against the Philadelphia Flyers at Prudential Center on Saturday.

The injury was reported by the Devils after warm-ups.

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Posted On Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 6:59 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Emery to start for Flyers against Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ray Emery will start against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Saturday night.

Flyers coach Craig Berube wouldn't reveal his starter during his pregame meeting with the media, but said the coaching staff had a set plan and was going to stick to it.

Emery, who totaled 29 minutes in penalties after leaving his crease to engage in a fight with Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby on Friday, is 0-2-0 with a 5.08 goals-against and .846 save percentage in three games this season.


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Posted On Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 6:11 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Devils forward Zajac out against Flyers

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils center Jacob Josefson will replace an injured Travis Zajac in the lineup on Saturday when the team hosts the Philadelphia Flyers at Prudential Center (7 p.m. ET).

Devils coach Pete Deboer confirmed following his team's optional skate that Zajac did not feel good enough to play.

"Travis is day-to-day and a decision has not been made on whether or not he will join the team in Minnesota [to face the Wild on Sunday]," DeBoer said.

Zajac appeared to sustain an ankle injury during practice Friday. According to reports, the veteran center tripped and fell during the early stages of practice and was replaced by Josefson.

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Posted On Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 6:07 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Devils' Schneider still out; Kinkaid to back up Brodeur

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid will serve as backup to Martin Brodeur for the third straight game on Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers at Prudential Center (7 p.m. ET).

Devils coach Peter DeBoer made the announcement during his pregame meeting with the media.

DeBoer said Schneider, who is dealing with a lower-body injury, will remain on injured reserve.

Schneider had declared himself ready to go following practice Saturday morning.

"I'm feeling good," Schneider said.

Schneider sustained his injury in a loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Oct. 24. There is no timetable on his return.

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