Eric Staal

#12 LW / Carolina Hurricanes / EXP: 11YRS Height: 6-4 Weight: 205 lb Age: 31 College: None

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    Hurricanes' Eric Staal: Posts assist in win over Hawks

    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.

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    Hurricanes' Eric Staal: Notches two points in OT win

    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.

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    Hurricanes' Eric Staal: Two points in win over Caps

    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.

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    Hurricanes' Eric Staal: Has two-goal slumpbuster

    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.

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    Hurricanes' Eric Staal: Struggling to generate offense

    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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    Hurricanes' Eric Staal: Picks up two points in win

    Staal collected a goal and an assist in Sunday's 5-4 win over the Coyotes. Staal's goal snapped a 14-game scoring drought, which will hopefully get him back on track for the rest of the season. He now has five goals and 11 assists through 27 games on the year.

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    Hurricanes' Eric Staal: Assists in loss to Sabres

    Staal posted an assist in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Sabres. With 14 points in 23 games, Staal is currently on pace for roughly a 50-point season. Not bad in today's scoring-challenged NHL, but keep in mind Staal registered at least 70 points in seven consecutive seasons from 2005 to 2012, so he's definitely on the downside of his career. A weak supporting cast is partially to blame, of course, but the sad fact is that at 30 years old, Staal is clearly no longer the player he once was. Deploy him in your fantasy lineups accordingly.

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    Hurricanes' Eric Staal: Picking up the pace

    Staal recorded a power-play assist along with two shots on goal in 20:08 of ice time during Thursday's 3-2 OT loss to the Wild. Following a very rough start to the season in which he was held off the scoresheet in six of the Canes' first eight games, Staal has really come alive in recent weeks with six points in his last eight games. At 31 years old, the days of 70+ points are likely over for Staal, but if he continues at his current pace, he's got a decent shot at 60. Keep him rolling.

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    Hurricanes' Eric Staal: Has nice showing Tuesday

    Staal was plus-2 with a goal in the empty net Tuesday, as the Hurricanes defeated the Red Wings, 3-1. Staal failed to get on the board in four straight games leading up to Tuesday's contest, so this was a welcomed performance for fantasy owners. As long as Carolina allows more goals than they score, which has been the case thus far with a minus-9 team goal differential, it will force Staal to elevate his game and create more opportunities on his own in order to avoid falling on the bad side of the plus-minus most nights. It won't be an easy task, as the long-time Hurricane hasn't recorded a plus rating since 2012-13, when he finished the season at plus-5.

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    Hurricanes' Eric Staal: Picks up three points in Friday's win

    Staal had a great night Friday, potting his second goal of the season and adding two helpers in a 5-3 win over Detroit. The eldest Staal also skated to a plus-2 and took three shots on goal. The perennial 70-plus point seasons appear to be in the past for the 11th-year NHLer, but he's far from past his prime at 30 and is still the top offensive threat in Raleigh.

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