Staal recorded two hits and a plus-1 rating in Friday's 3-1 win over the Blue Jackets. The veteran blueliner was back in his usual spot on the Rangers' third pairing after missing one game due to illness. When he's on the ice, Staal offers a smidge of fantasy value in formats that score multiple categories, managing two goals and eight points through 39 games with 16 PIM, 34 shots, 58 hits and 60 blocked shots with a plus-6 rating.
Staal (illness) is taking part in line rushes ahead of Friday's game against the Blue Jackets, indicating he will play in the contest, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports. Staal will avoid missing more than one contest because of the illness, though it's worth noting that he skated Tuesday prior to the game, as well. Barring a late change, look for Staal to slot in alongside Brendan Smith on the second pairing.
Staal (illness) will be out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Wild, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports. The 32-year-old appears to be dealing with flu-like symptoms as the cause for his omission. In his stead, Brendan Smith will draw into the lineup on defense for the first time this season. Staal's absence likely won't affect much from a fantasy perspective, considering he's accumulated just eight points in 38 games.
Staal (upper body) will play in Monday's clash with the Islanders, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports. Staal missed Saturday's game with the upper-body issue, but as evidenced by this news, he's feeling well enough to play. The veteran's return to the lineup likely won't change anything from a fantasy perspective, as he has just six points in 27 games this campaign. Libor Hajek will serve as a healthy scratch among the defensemen.
Staal (upper body) is a game-time decision for Monday's game versus the Islanders, Colin Stephenson of Newsday reports. Staal practiced with the team during Monday's morning skate, but he worked as an extra, so he seems to be trending in the wrong direction. We'll be able to confirm his status once the Rangers take warmups at 6:30 p.m. ET. Fantasy owners won't need to wait around for the verdict, however, as the veteran blueliner has just six points over 27 games.
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