Staal scored a goal and assisted on another Thursday in a 6-2 win against Vancouver. Both of Staal's points came at even strength, and so far only three of 14 this season have come with the man advantage. That said, the elder Staal continues to produce at an impactful level in his 15th NHL season and his splits show he doesn't even need to rely on special teams to do so.
Staal (illness) will be in action against the Kings on Thursday; telling reporters, "I feel good. I don't think I'm at 100 percent, but I definitely feel a lot better...good sweat today and hopefully a great game tonight." Prior to getting sick, Staal racked up six points in his previous four outings. The 33-year-old seems to be getting better with age, as he has recorded back-to-back 60-plus point campaigns since joining the Wild and is on pace for another this year.
Staal (illness) will travel with the team but may not play Thursday against the Kings. Coach Bruce Boudreau says Staal continues to battle what the team figures is "some sort of virus", and the veteran's status for Thursday remains up in the air as a result. He'll make the trip, but it seems Staal will be in tough to suit up in L.A.
Staal (illness) will sit out Tuesday's game versus the Sharks, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports. Staal started the season hot with 11 points -- three on the power play -- in 13 games. His absence will open the door for Matt Hendricks (lower body) to re-enter the lineup.
Staal generated his 400th NHL goal in Saturday's 5-1 road win over the Blues. Staal put some lumber on a Nick Seeler point shot and deflected the puck into the cage for the milestone marker. The venerable pivot has accumulated 322 goals over 12 seasons with the Hurricanes, three goals over 20 games with the Rangers, plus 75 tallies and counting over parts of three seasons with the Wild.
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