Staal scored two goals on four shots and added four hits in Monday's 5-2 win over the Predators in Game 1.
Staal gave the Hurricanes their first lead at 4:19 of the second period. He tallied again in the third period to put them ahead 4-2. The 32-year-old center enjoyed a resurgent regular season with 16 goals and 38 points in 53 contests. He'll likely feature in a middle-six role with some power-play time during the postseason.
Staal (rest) is in the Hurricanes' projected lineup for Monday's Game 1 against the Predators.
Staal should see his usual middle-six role at even strength coupled with time on both special teams units. The veteran center will hit the 100 postseason game milestone during this playoff run barring injuries, as he comes into play Monday having dressed for 96 -- 73 with Pittsburgh and 23 with Carolina.
Staal (undisclosed) won't play in Monday's season finale against Nashville, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site.
Staal will be rested ahead of the postseason, so the 32-year-old center won't get a chance to add to his 16 goals and 22 points in 53 games. His average of .72 points per game was the second-best of Staal's career, trailing only his 2011-12 rate of .81 (50 points in 62 games).
Staal scored twice on the power play, dished an assist and added three hits in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Stars.
Staal was a beast at both ends of the ice Tuesday. The result was his first multi-point effort since April 6. The 32-year-old center has enjoyed a resurgent campaign with 16 goals, 37 points (13 on the power play) and a plus-4 rating through 47 games. He's added 92 shots on net, 120 hits and 28 PIM.
Staal notched an assist, two shots on goal and six hits in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Predators.
Staal set up Warren Foegele's first-period tally. The 32-year-old Staal has three goals and two assists in his last five games while also crossing the 1,000 career games milestone Monday. He's enjoyed a resurgent 2020-21 with 31 points, 79 shots, 97 hits and a plus-4 rating through 40 contests. He didn't reach the 30-point mark in either of the previous two campaigns.
Staal scored a goal on three shots Saturday in a 5-4 shootout loss to Detroit.
Staal got behind the Detroit defense in the latter stages of the first period and beat Thomas Greiss with a snap shot from the right faceoff dot to tie the game at 2-2. It was the 13th goal of the year for Staal, who will play in his 1,000th NHL game in Monday's rematch with the Red Wings.
Staal scored twice on three shots in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Panthers.
Staal's first goal broke a 2-2 tie in the third period while his second came almost 10 minutes later into an empty net. He hadn't lit the lamp since March 9, which was also a two-goal performance. Overall, the 32-year-old center is still on his best scoring pace since donning a Hurricanes sweater, with 28 points in 36 games.
Staal registered a pair of assists, six hits, two shots on goal and a plus-2 rating in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Blackhawks.
Staal had a hand in both of Warren Foegele's goals in the contest. With four assists in his last five games, Staal has shown a generous side, although his goal drought extended to 10 contests. The Ontario native is up to 26 points (10 goals, 16 helpers), 63 shots on net, 75 hits and a plus-3 rating in 33 outings.
Staal recorded a power-play assist, five shots on goal, four hits and two blocked shots in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Lightning.
Staal has been thriving as the Canes' No. 2 center behind Sebastian Aho this season. He now has 24 points in 31 games, which puts him on pace to crack the 40-point plateau. The last time Staal topped 40 points was the 2016-17 season, and he needed 79 games to do it. Credit his own improved play, plus a vastly improved supporting cast as the reason for Staal's increased productivity this year.
Staal scored a pair of goals on a team-leading six shots in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win versus the Predators. He also added three hits and was a dominant 20-8 (71.4 percent) in the faceoff circle.
Staal got the Hurricanes on the board 14:58 into the second period, converting a Sebastian Aho centering feed on the doorstep to cut Nashville's lead in half. He picked up his second of the night with 35 seconds left in overtime, leading a 2-on-1 rush up ice and snapping a shot past Pekka Rinne from the left faceoff dot. After a terrific start to the season, Staal hit a rough patch at the end of February with a seven-game point skid, but he's put that to bed with three goals and four assists in his last four. The 32-year-old has already eclipsed the eight goals he scored in 68 games in 2019-20, and he needs just five points to match last year's total of 27.
Staal scored a goal and added two assists -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Red Wings.
Staal has heated right back up following a seven-game point drought, responding with five points in the last two games. He set up Andrei Svechnikov on the power play in the opening frame, then added the go-ahead goal and an assist at even strength in the third. Staal's remarkably on the best scoring pace of his career at age 32, with 20 points through 21 games. If he can keep this up, Staal has a chance to top his 2011-12 career high of 50 points, which would be a remarkable feat given the shortened nature of the 2020-21 campaign.
Staal notched two assists in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Predators.
Both of Staal's helpers came on the power play. He assisted Vincent Trocheck in the first period and set up Sebastian Aho's empty-netter in the third. The 32-year-old Staal snapped a seven-game point drought with his performance Tuesday. He still has a solid seven goals, 10 assists, 31 shots on net, 45 hits and a plus-2 rating through 20 appearances.
Staal scored a goal on his only shot and had two PIM in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime loss to Florida. He also went 13-8 (61.9 percent) in the faceoff circle.
Staal slipped behind the Florida defense late in the first period and picked the corner from the slot to break a scoreless tie. The 32-year-old is on a blistering run as of late, amassing six goals and three assists in his last six tilts. He's got seven goals in 12 games overall, already leaving him just one shy of the eight he scored in all of 2019-20. Staal has also won nearly 62 percent of his faceoffs on the season, providing added value to fantasy managers who scooped him up early.
Staal scored a pair of goals, including one on the power play, and had four shots in a 7-3 win over Columbus. He also had two PIM and won 12 of 18 faceoffs (66.7 percent).
Staal found the net for the third consecutive game when he slammed home his own rebound late in the first period to give the Hurricanes a 3-2 lead. He added his second of the night, this time with the man advantage, in the third period to round out the scoring. Staal produced just eight goals in 68 games in 2019-20 but has already lit the lamp six times with a team-leading 14 points in 11 contests this season. If he's still on your league's waiver wire, scoop him up and ride the hot streak.
Staal scored a power-play goal on his only shot in a 4-3 shootout win against Dallas on Saturday. He also went 12-for-21 (57.1 percent) in the faceoff circle.
Staal gave Carolina a 3-1 lead just over two minutes into the third period, banging home a Vincent Trocheck centering feed. It was the fourth goal of the season for Staal, three of which have come in his last four contests. The 32-year-old is enjoying a renaissance of sorts with 12 points -- including a team-leading eight assists -- through 10 games.
Staal scored a goal and added a power-play assist and three hits in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Stars.
Staal picked up his fourth multi-point outing in the last six games. He assisted on Sebastian Aho's power-play goal in the first period before tallying at even strength in the second. Staal has amassed three goals and six assists during his current six-game heater. The 32-year-old center's resurgent season has him at three tallies, eight helpers, 26 hits and a plus-5 rating through nine contests.
Staal scored a goal on two shots, dished two assists and added four hits in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Blue Jackets.
Staal was key to the Hurricanes' offense in the third period, as he scored the go-ahead goal on the power play and assisted on Dougie Hamilton's insurance tally, which ultimately was the game-winner. The 32-year-old Staal has had a resurgent 2020-21 with two goals, seven helpers, 10 shots on net and 23 hits through seven appearances. He's unlikely to sustain this high scoring pace all year, but he makes for a solid option in DFS while he's hot.
Staal had a pair of assists and added four hits in Tuesday's 4-3 shootout win over the Blackhawks.
Staal set up Andrei Svechnikov and Warren Foegele with picture-perfect feeds to help give Carolina a 2-0 lead in the first period. The 32-year-old also extended his point streak to four games, but Staal hasn't eclipsed 30 points since 2017-18, so fantasy managers shouldn't expect his current production to last.
Staal scored a power-play goal and added a short-handed assist in Sunday's 4-3 shootout win over the Stars.
The veteran center opened the scoring less than two minutes into the game with his first goal of the season, then set up Brock McGinn late in the second for McGinn's first tally of the year. Staal has four points in his last three games, and while he hasn't reached the 30-point plateau in either of the last two seasons, his spot on a potent Carolina power play still gives him some fantasy value.
Staal (COVID-19 protocols) is slated to play in Thursday's matchup with the Lightning, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Staal missed the last two contests after entering the league's COVID-19 protocols and no doubt was a factor in the league postponing three games for the Hurricanes. Last season's acquisition of Vincent Trocheck has cemented Staal into a third-line center role, which probably more accurately reflects his offensive upside at this point in his career.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/17||vs NSH||W 5-2||2||0||2||+1||15:50|
|05/08||@ NSH||L 1-3||0||0||0||0||16:07|
|05/06||vs CHI||L 1-2 (OT)||0||0||0||0||19:54|
|05/04||vs CHI||W 6-3||0||0||0||-1||17:40|
|05/03||vs CHI||W 5-2||0||1||1||0||16:39|
|05/01||vs CLB||W 2-1 (OT)||0||0||0||-1||18:20|
|04/29||vs DET||W 3-1||0||0||0||0||20:41|
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