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NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 17:  Zach Parise #11 of the Minnesota Wild skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on March 17, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Wild 7-4.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Parise rehabbing back injury without surgery, ‘no question’ he’ll play in World Cup

EDINA, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise has been rehabilitating his back injury without surgery, putting him on track to be at full strength by September.

Parise said Thursday he’s “happy with the way everything’s going.” He said he’s been able to work out as he normally does during the summer, despite missing the playoffs because of the injury.

Parise said there’s “no question” he’ll be ready to play for Team USA in the World Cup of Hockey tournament.

Parise joined teammates Erik Haula, Jason Pominville, Nate Prosser, Jared Spurgeon and Jason Zucker at an autograph signing to raise money for people affected by the wildfires in Alberta. The parents of Spurgeon’s wife, Danielle, lost their home to a fire in the Edmonton area.

WATCH LIVE: Lightning at Penguins, Game 7

TAMPA, FL - MAY 24:  Alex Killorn #17 of the Tampa Bay Lightning falls to the ice at the net against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on May 24, 2016 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
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Not much more to say than this:

GAME 7.

Puck drop is at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, but you can also catch the game online using NBC Sports’ Live Extra.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

Some relevant linkage for tonight’s affair:

It’s been a ‘roller coaster’ — Pens, Bolts ready for Game 7

Vasilevskiy ‘is the big reason we’re in Game 7,’ says Bolts coach Cooper

Pens coach praises Murray: ‘He doesn’t get rattled’

Video: Johnson pays the price for Tampa Bay

Here are the times for tomorrow’s World Cup roster announcements

NHL players pose for a photo following a televised event promoting the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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From the NHL:

On Friday, May 27, the eight teams competing in the World Cup of Hockey 2016 will announce their final roster selections.

Team Finland, 3 a.m. ET, Helsinki — Hartwall Arena

Team Russia, 5 a.m. ET (announced via press release)

Team Czech Republic, 5 a.m. ET, Prague

Team Sweden, 11 a.m. ET, Stockholm

Team Europe, 6:09 p.m. ET, TV reveal

Team USA, 6:13 p.m. ET, TV reveal

Team North American, 6:16 p.m. ET, TV reveal

Team Canada, 6:22 p.m. ET, TV reveal

There will be plenty of intrigue with these final selections. Each team has already submitted an original list of 16 players, meaning the remaining seven must be selected by tomorrow’s deadline.

Some of the key decisions at hand:

— Who will secure the remaining positions on Canada’s blueline? Four guys — Drew Doughty, Duncan Keith, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Shea Weber — have already made the team, leaving the likes of P.K. Subban, Alex Pietrangelo, Brent Burns, Kris Letang, Jay Bouwmeester and Mark Giordano for the final spots. That’s a crazy amount of talent on defense.

— Will Auston Matthews, the presumptive No. 1 pick at this year’s draft, be selected for Team North America?

Phil Kessel was left off the U.S.’s original list of 16 players. Has his terrific postseason earned him a spot? Same question could be asked of Tampa Bay’s Tyler Johnson and St. Louis’ David Backes.

— Dallas’s John Klingberg, one of the better offensive defensemen in the NHL, failed to make Team Sweden the first time around. Will he get a shot?

— Finnish phenoms Patrick Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi are expected to go No. 2 and No. 3 at the draft. But will GM Jere Lehtinen take them to the World Cup?

Jackets re-sign Sedlak, AHL affiliate’s leading playoff scorer

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 20:  Lukas Sedlak #85 of the Columbus Blue Jackets waits for the pass during the game against the Winnipeg Jets on September 20, 2011 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus Ohio.  The Blue Jackets defeated the Jets 5-1.  (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
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Columbus farmhand Lukas Sedlak, who currently sits tied atop AHL Lake Erie’s playoff scoring leaderboard, has signed a one-year, two-way deal, the Jackets announced on Wednesday.

Sedlak, 23, was a sixth-round pick in 2011 that’s spent the last three years in the American League. This season was by far his most successful — in addition to potting a career-best 14 goals, he’s become close to a point-a-game producer in the playoffs, with 11 through 12 games.

“Sedlak has been on a run for us with goal-scoring,” Lake Erie head coach Jared Bednar said, per the Columbus Dispatch. “He’s not a guy who does it for us every night. But he works so hard in all the other areas.”

Sedlak has yet to make his NHL debut, but could be in the mix for a recall next season.

Devils’ Merrill undergoes shoulder surgery, out four months

NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 04: Jon Merrill #7 of the New Jersey Devils skates against the Detroit Red Wings at the Prudential Center on January 4, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. The Red Wings defeated the Devils 1-0.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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New Jersey d-man Jon Merrill, who struggled through an injury-riddled campaign, has undergone successful shoulder surgery with an expected recovery time of four months, the club announced on Wednesday.

Merrill, 24, only appeared in 47 games this year, first missing time with an arm injury, then suffering a shoulder ailment late in the year.

There was no clear indication if the two ailments were related, but Merrill’s arm injury was on the right side, and surgery was on his right shoulder.

A former University of Michigan standout taken 38th overall in 2010, Merrill enjoyed solid rookie and sophomore campaigns in New Jersey. His second year was especially solid — 14 points in 66 games, averaging over 20 minutes per night — and he boasts good size, going 6-foot-3, 205 pounds.

Based on the four-month timetable for recovery, Merrill will likely miss parts of New Jersey’s training camp and preseason action.