Staal was taken to the hospital after crashing headfirst into the boards during Saturday's Game 5 against the Blues. He will not return. According to the NBC broadcast, Staal was alert and stable, which is a good thing. However, even if the Wild avoid elimination Saturday, Staal may not be able to return for Game 6.
Staal was forced to exit Saturday's Game 5 matchup with the Blues after sustaining an apparent injury upon crashing headfirst into the boards. The incident was quite scary, and it seems unlikely Staal will be able to return for this game, and perhaps not for any future games in this series. Perhaps luck will be on Staal's side, but for now it doesn't look like he will be back for Game 5, and that certainly hurts Minnesota's chances of staving off elimination.
Staal picked up a pair of assists with a plus-3 rating in Tuesday's 5-3 win against the Hurricanes. Staal is heating up down the stretch, and that's great news for the Wild as they head into the postseason. The veteran has eight goals with 15 points and a plus-9 rating over his past 15 games. Staal is up to 27 goals (his most since 2010-11) and 63 points (his most since hitting 70 for the fifth consecutive season in 2011-12).
Staal found the top shelf halfway through the first period in Sunday's 3-2 overtime loss to Detroit. The last time Staal reached 60 points in a season was 2013-2014 when he tallied 61 over 79 games. 32-year-old now sits in prime position to reach that mark again, as he currently sits at 58 points with seven games to go. Not only that, but he's hot right now recording seven goals and three assists over the past ten games. Staal remains a solid option in virtually any format right now.
Staal netted his 24th goal of the season in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Rangers. The eldest Staal has six points, including five goals, in his last five games and seven goals in his last eight outings. Take advantage -- he has turned up the heat again and is well on his way to another 60-point season.
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