Merzlikins (undisclosed) is out indefinitely.
Merzlikins was banged up in the Blue Jackets’ Game 4 overtime loss to the Maple Leafs and was not available to backup in Game 5. Head coach John Tortorella was not sure how long Merzlikins will be out when he met with the media on Monday. Look for Joonas Korpisalo to start Game 1 vs. Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
Hedman will be a game-time decision for Game 1 vs. Columbus.
Hedman was injured early in the Lightning’s round-robin finale vs. the Flyers and did not return. Head coach Jon Cooper did not have an update on his status on Monday and said his availability will be determined on Tuesday. The Lightning play in the first game of the day (3:00 PM) so there will be no morning skate for Hedman to test out his injury.
Source: Joe Smith 08/10/20, 1:12 pm EST
Voracek (undisclosed) will skate on Monday and will be a game-time decision for Game 1 vs. Montreal.
Voracek missed the Flyers final round-robin game and will be a game-time decision for Game 1 vs. the Canadiens. The fact that he will skate on Monday bodes well for his availability two days from now. Voracek had two assists in three games vs. Montreal this season.
Source: John Lu 08/10/20, 1:10 pm EST
The Devils have signed Reilly Walsh to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Pacioretty has joined the Golden Knights in the bubble and Pete DeBoer anticipates him being ready for Game 1 vs. Chicago.
Pacioretty missed the entire round-robin but joined the Golden Knights in the bubble in Edmonton over the weekend and should be in the lineup for Game 1 on Tuesday. Pacioretty had a terrific 2002 season, scoring 32 goals with 34 assists (66 points) in 71 games.
Gerbe will be a healthy scratch for Game 5.
Source: Mark Scheig 08/9/20, 7:59 pm EST
Nutivaara will dress as a seventh defenseman in Game 5.
Source: Mark Scheig 08/9/20, 7:58 pm EST