Staal posted an assist for the second consecutive game during Tuesday's 5-0 blanking of the Blackhawks. Now with 30 points in 51 games, Staal has a shot at a 50-point season if he can pick up the pace a bit. The troubling thing is, Staal's game has dropped off in more than one aspect -- his shooting percentage has declined to a career-low 7.0%, his total number of shots are down, and his power-play production has fallen right off the map. Unfortunately, Staal is a former elite player who is trending in the opposite direction right now. Use with caution.
Staal opened the scoring in the second period and added an assist in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win against the Penguins. That's points in three straight for Staal -- just the third time this season he's managed to put together a streak of that length. He hasn't gotten to four yet, which is but one statistic among many to describe the steady decline of the former 100-point scorer. Staal's on pace to approximately match last year's 54 points, which is a lower-end total for a fantasy centerman in standard formats.
Staal recorded a goal and an assist in 23:04 of ice time in a 4-2 win against the Capitals on Thursday. He also chipped in two shots on goal, three hits, a blocked shot and won six of nine faceoffs. With six points in his last five games, Staal has really begun to heat up following a four-game pointless drought in mid-December. He now has 24 points in 38 games, putting him on pace for roughly 50 points this season. Keep him rolling as long as he's hot.
Staal recorded his first multi-goal game of the year Tuesday, accounting for both of Carolina's tallies in a 3-2 loss to the Devils. Going back all the way to Nov. 6, Staal had scored one measly goal in 24 games, though at least he did provide a dozen assists in that span. He'd been even worse recently, with just two lonely helpers in seven games coming in, so this was a crucial bust-out for Staal. He's looked nothing like the guy who once scored 100 points as part of seven consecutive seasons of 70-plus.
Staal failed to crack the scoresheet during Saturday's 2-1 win over the Penguins, stretching his current scoreless streak to four games. Staal is really struggling this season, with 18 points in 33 games and just two goals scored since the beginning of November. At his current pace, Staal is on track for a career-low 45 points this season. Needless to say, his fantasy value is in rapid decline, and he should only be counted on in medium to deeper leagues at this point.
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