Staal delivered his second three-point effort in the last four games Thursday, notching a goal and two assists (one on the power play) in a 7-1 blowout of the Canadiens.
Fantasy owners who bought Staal cheaply on draft day after easily the worst season of his career have been rewarded with a stunning return to stardom in his new digs -- he's operating at nearly a point-per-game pace and is already just one short of last season's 39-point total. The last four games have been particularly kind to Staal, who's racked up eight points (half of those on the power play) in that span. He's also now sporting a plus-14 rating, putting the veteran pivot on track to set a new career high in that category. Yes, life in Minnesota has been pretty grand for Staal, and there's no reason to think that'll change in the season's second half.
Staal registered a power-play goal late in the second before tacking on a pair of points in a wild third period that saw four goals by Minnesota and two by San Jose. He just had a nine-game point streak snapped in his previous appearance, but still has a tremendous seven goals and eight assists in his past 11 games.
Staal earned an assist during Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win over the Predators.
The streak is still alive, as Staal has now reached the scoresheet for eight games in a row. The 32-year-old has stayed consistently hot with the team -- the Wild have won 11 straight -- and sports six goals and seven helpers (three on the power play) in December alone.
Staal earned two assists -- one on the power play -- and two PIM during Friday's 7-4 win against the Rangers.
Staal is on a tear, notching points in seven straight including nine of the last 10 wins for the Wild. The 32-year-old has been the anchor to the team's exceptional streak, finding twine six times and dishing the puck six more. As an added bonus, the 2003 No. 2 pick has spent eight minutes in the penalty box after compiling just six PIM in October and November combined.
Staal provided a power-play assist and an empty-net goal Saturday afternoon, helping his team secure a 4-1 home win over the Coyotes.
Staal's in vintage form in his debut season with the Wild. He leads the team with 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists) and has a plus-13 rating to boot. Plus, as one would expect from a four-time NHL All-Star, he's been a factor on the man advantage with half of his goals taking place in that special teams scenario. There should be room for ol' reliable on just about any fantasy squad.