Staal (personal) will return to practice Tuesday, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports. Staal has missed Minnesota's last three games due to a personal matter, but he'll rejoin the lineup for Thursday's game versus Vegas. The veteran forward has notched 19 goals and 47 points in 66 contests this campaign.
Staal will miss the team's three-game road trip following a death in the family. Staal will take time away from the team to be with his family. Once the club returns to Minnesota, the center should rejoin his teammates on the ice. In the meantime, Alex Galchenyuk could move into the first-line center role.
Staal scored a goal and added an assist in Tuesday's 5-4 win over Columbus. The veteran center had a tough night on faceoffs (3-for-12) but made up for it on the scoresheet. He opened the scoring with his 18th goal of the year just 94 seconds into the second period, then drew the primary assist on Kevin Fiala's game-winner midway through the third. Staal has turned in another fine season for the Wild at age 35, providing 44 points in 62 games.
Staal posted an assist, two shots on goal and two blocked shots in Friday's 5-3 win over the Oilers. Staal sprung Jared Spurgeon as the latter exited the penalty box and sniped an empty-net goal for his hat trick. The assist was just the fourth in Staal's last 10 games. The veteran center now has 42 points (17 markers, 25 helpers), 105 shots and a minus-10 rating through 60 contests.
Staal notched a power-play assist and three shots across 17:03 of ice time in Tuesday's 4-0 win over the Golden Knights. The 35-year-old produced a point in his second consecutive game, picking up the primary assist on the game's final goal. Staal has been hot as of late, accumulating eight points while skating in 17:25 of ice time over his past 10 games. Staal continues to pace the Wild in points with 41, and he has racked up 98 shots, 22 hits and 19 blocks across 56 appearances.
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