Devils' Jon Merrill out 4 months following shoulder surgery

May 27, 2016 - The Star Ledger - View Full Article

Jon Merrill missed the Devils' final 10 games of 2015-16 with a shoulder injury.

New Jersey Devils defenseman Jon Merrill underwent successful shoulder surgery on Monday, the team announced Wednesday. He is expected to be sidelined four months.

"This past Monday, Jon Merrill underwent successful surgery on his right shoulder," Devils General Manager Ray Shero said in a release. "The procedure was performed at the Midtown Surgical Center in New York City by the club's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jonathan L. Glashow. His expected recovery time is approximately four months."

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Merrill had his season cut short by the shoulder injury, missing the final 10 games of the season after last playing on March 19. Merrill also missed more than a month in January and February with an arm injury. 

The 24-year-old defenseman played in 47 games last season.

A four-month recovery period would put Merrill's return just before the start of the regular season.

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Stanley Cup Finals 2016 schedule with TV: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. San Jose Sharks, NHL Playoffs

May 26, 2016 - The Star Ledger - View Full Article

The Pittsburgh Penguins will meet the San Jose Sharks in the best-of-seven 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Finals, beginning Monday, May 30.

The Pittsburgh Penguins, who beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday, will meet the San Jose Sharks in the best-of-seven 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Finals, beginning Monday, May 30.

Bryan Rust scored a pair of second-period goals and Matt Murray stopped 16 shots to lift the Penguins to a 2-1 victory over the Lightning to send the franchise to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2009.

Pittsburgh will host Western Conference champion San Jose in Game 1 of the final Monday night.

Jonathan Drouin scored his fifth goal of the playoffs for the Lightning and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 37 saves, but it wasn't enough to send Tampa Bay back to the Cup Final for a second straight year.

Captain Steven Stamkos had two shots in his return from a two-month layoff while dealing with a blood clot.

Here's a look at the series schedule:

STANLEY CUP FINALS

(Best-of-seven; x-if necessary)

San Jose Sharks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Monday, May 30: at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m., NBC, CBC

Wednesday, June 1: at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m., NBCSN, CBC

Saturday, June 4: at San Jose, 8 p.m., CBC, TVAS

Monday, June 6: at San Jose, 8 p.m., CBC, TVAS

x-Thursday, June 9: at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m., NBC, CBC

x-Sunday, June 12: at San Jose, 8 p.m.

x-Wednesday, June 15: at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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