Staal registered 22 goals and 52 points in 81 games while averaging 18:08 of ice time this season. After a resurgent 74-point season last campaign, it was going to be tough for the 34-year-old to follow that up in 2018-19. The 52 points is the Ontario native's lowest mark in a season since the 2015-16 campaign. Staal is under contract for two more seasons with the Wild following a contract extension he signed in February.
Staal scored a goal and added an assist -- both on the man advantage -- in Friday's 3-2 win over the Golden Knights. Staal had the starring performance for the Wild in this critical victory. He's up to 22 goals and 30 helpers in 77 games, down from the 76 points he posted last season but still a strong campaign. If the Wild are to make up a four-point gap in the standings, Staal will have to be at his absolute best in the last four games of the season.
Staal scored a power-play goal but was a minus-2 in Saturday's 5-1 loss to Carolina. Staal was able to record his 21st goal of the campaign, and moved his point total to 50 in 75 games. The 34-year-old also logged 4:03 of power-play ice time and was a lone bright spot for the Wild. With his team making a push for the playoffs, it wouldn't be a surprise for Staal to shoulder a heavy workload as the season comes to a close.
Staal notched a power-play assist in 24:49 of ice time in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Islanders. The 34-year-old has gotten it going recently, racking up eight points in his last 10 games. Staal has seen some regression from last year's 70-point season, but has racked up 49 points in 72 games this campaign. Staal saw a season-high 8:23 of power-play time in the game, which suggests he'll be relied upon heavily as the Wild make a playoff push.
Staal provided one helper in Sunday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Predators. The top-line center has eight points over his six-game point streak, and he currently owns 45 points in 65 games this year. Staal remains a solid option for offensive production at 34 years old.
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