Defenseman Eric Gelinas will replace Jon Merrill tonight when the New Jersey Devils play host to the St. Louis Blues.
Merrill, who has appeared in all 11 games for New Jersey this season scoring a goal and three assists, is nursing an unspecified injury according to Rich Chere of the Star Ledger.
Gelinas has a goal and three assists in eight games this season – he has sat out the previous two games.
Steve Bernier will make his regular season debut on the Devils fourth line tonight alongside Tuomo Ruutu and Stephen Gionta. Bernier was recalled from the Albany Devils on Monday.
In nine American Hockey League games this season, the 29-year-old has a goal and four assists.