Staal recorded two assists in Monday's 7-4 loss to the Flyers. The veteran center had only two points (both helpers) in six games to begin 2019, so this performance was a welcome sight. Unsurprisingly, Staal hasn't come close to repeating his 42-goal, 76-point pace from last season, but his 13 goals and 29 points through 44 games is likely a bit of a disappointment even for those fantasy GMs who managed to keep their expectations in check.
Staal scored a goal and added an assist in Thursday's 5-2 loss to Chicago. Staal's goal was his first in two weeks, as the Wild forward has been held somewhat in check in the month of December. In 11 games, the veteran has recorded four goals and three assists -- not terrible, but Staal is certainly capable of more. Minnesota will need him firing on all cylinders if it's going to make a playoff push in the second half of the season.
Staal has just five points in 10 games in the month of December. The veteran center has seen his monthly point total dip each time the calendar has turned this season. Staal began the year with 12 points in the month of October and then followed that up with eight more in November. In December, Staal is currently sitting at just five points, with his last multi-point performance coming back on Nov. 21. Since that two-goal outing, the 34-year-old has just four goals and three assists in 13 games.
Staal, along with the rest of his teammates, finished Thursday's 2-0 loss to Calgary without a point. The individual result wasn't for a lack of trying as Staal was able to fire four shots on goal, but Mike Smith was simply unbeatable Thursday. The 34-year-old center continues to enjoy another quality season, with 10 goals and 20 points in 27 games, and Staal should continue to produce on a somewhat consistent basis as long as he stays healthy.
Staal scored two goals Wednesday -- one of which came on the power play -- in a 6-4 win over the Senators. The two markers were Staal's seventh and eighth goals of his 15th NHL season. The 34-year-old continues to produce, albeit at a slightly lower rate compared to a season ago. Meanwhile, the eldest Staal continues to see heavy power-play minutes with a team-high 3:05 versus Ottawa.
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