Staal put up an assist and two shots on goal in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Staal's helper came on a Cole Caufield goal in the second period. It was just Staal's third point in 19 games since he joined the Canadiens. For the season, the veteran center has 13 points, 79 shots on net and a minus-30 rating in 51 contests between the Canadiens and the Sabres.
Staal scored a goal on two shots in Monday's 4-1 loss to the Oilers.
Staal deflected a puck off his skate and behind Oilers goalie Mike Smith in the second period, but a review determined he did not make a distinct kicking motion. The goal was Staal's second in nine games for the Canadiens. He has five tallies, 12 points, 70 shots on net and a minus-27 rating in 41 contests between Montreal and Buffalo this year.
Staal scored the overtime winner in Monday's 3-2 victory over the Oilers.
Suiting up for the first time with Montreal, the veteran took a feed from Tyler Toffoli in the neutral zone, cruised down the wing and snapped a shot past Mike Smith just inside the far post. Staal had only three goals and 10 points through 32 games prior to his trade from Buffalo, but the move to a playoff team may have lit a fire under the 36-year-old.
Staal (not injury related) will play in Monday's game versus the Oilers, Jim Matheson reports.
Staal finished his seven-day quarantine and returned to practice Sunday. The 36-year-old posted just 10 points through 32 games with the Sabres this season, but he should benefit from a better all-around lineup in Montreal. Staal's slated to skate with Tyler Toffoli and Jonathan Drouin in Monday's game.
Staal finished his seven-day quarantine and skated Sunday, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Staal is no longer in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol following his trade from Buffalo. The 36-year-old could make his Canadiens debut in Monday's game versus the Oilers, but he'll need to be activated from non-roster injured reserve first. Staal put up 10 points and a minus-20 rating with the Sabres before the trade, though he'll certainly have better surrounding talent with the Habs.
Staal remains in quarantine and will be eligible to play his first game for Montreal next Monday against Edmonton, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Staal, who was acquired from Buffalo, arrived in Montreal last Saturday and is serving a seven-day quarantine period. The 36-year-old center is expected to take Jake Evans' roster spot and position as center on the fourth line.
Staal was acquired by the Habs on Friday from the Sabres in exchange for a third-round and fifth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. In addition, Buffalo will retain half of Staal's $3.25 million cap hit.
With Montreal, Staal figures to bolster the middle of the ice and should slot into a third-line role, though he could push youngster Nick Suzuki for a spot in the top six. Per Canada's seven-day quarantine rules, the earliest the Thunder Bay native could play would be April 3 versus Ottawa, assuming he can travel right away. In 32 games for the Sabres, the 17-year NHL veteran recorded just three goals and seven helpers; not exactly the production level the club was hoping for from a guy who currently sits fifth among active goal scorers with 439. Staal may be the first player shipped out of the Queen City in the lead-up to the April 12 trade deadline, but he is unlikely to be the last.
Staal posted an assist, two shots on goal and two hits in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Flyers.
Staal snapped a six-game point drought with his helper on a Riley Sheahan goal in the first period. Staal's first year in Buffalo hasn't gone very well -- the center has nine points, 38 shots and a minus-14 rating through 24 contests.
Staal recorded an assist Saturday in a 3-2 win over the Devils.
Staal's secondary helper, which transpired in 5-on-5 action, gives him six points (three goals and three assists) through 14 games. Unfortunately, he's seen a reduction in ice time on the man advantage (1:27) in his debut season with the Sabres, with the venerable veteran having to adjust to life on a No. 2 power-play unit.
Staal netted a power-play goal in Sunday's win over Washington.
Staal has goals in back-to-back contests, which are his first two tallies in a Sabres sweater. He's up to three points in six games and will continue to be relied upon for secondary scoring as he anchors Buffalo's second line.
Staal (head) is in the lineup for Friday's contest against Washington, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Staal was banged up in Thursday's contest against the Capitals but clearly avoided any serious injury. The 36-year-old center should resume his role in Buffalo's top six.
Staal (head) will be a game-time decision for Friday's clash with the Capitals, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Staal exited Thursday's game against the Caps after colliding with Washington's Nic Dowd. If he's unable to go Friday, Casey Mittelstadt or Rasmus Asplund will likely draw into the lineup.
Staal (head) exited Thursday's game against the Capitals after a collision with Nic Dowd. Per head coach Ralph Krueger, Staal is day-to-day, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Staal immediately left the ice and headed to the locker room, presumably to undergo concussion protocols. Krueger said Staal will be reevaluated Friday morning. If he can't play Friday versus the Capitals, Cody Eakin would likely move into the top six while Casey Mittelstadt would enter the lineup.
The Wild traded Staal to the Sabres in exchange for Marcus Johansson on Wednesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Despite being 35 years of age, Staal was still a productive player for Minnesota this season, picking up 19 goals and 47 points in 66 regular-season games before adding four helpers and a goal in four postseason contests. Staal should be similarly productive in 2020-21 while skating on the Sabres' second line and receiving plenty of ice time with the man advantage.
Staal scored a goal on three shots in Friday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Canucks.
Staal ended the four-game series with a goal and four helpers, but that's all he'll get in the playoffs, as the Wild lost the series 3-1. The 35-year-old center will likely still have a large role in the lineup during the 2020-21 season.
Staal collected a pair of assists in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Canucks in Game 2.
Staal has played the provider role well for the Wild, assisting on four of their six goals through two games. That's not a sustainable pace for the 35-year-old center, but he's likely to be a key contributor to the offense throughout the playoffs.
Staal recorded two power-play assists in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Canucks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
Staal had a hand in goals by Kevin Fiala and Jared Spurgeon during the contest. Staal missed the 50-point mark for the first time since 2015-16, recording 47 points in 66 contests during the regular season this year. Staal and Fiala have shown good chemistry on the top line, which could make either one a strong option in DFS formats.
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.
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|05/10||vs EDM||L 3-4 (OT)||0||0||0||0||14:14|
|05/08||@ TOR||L 2-3||0||0||0||0||15:36|
|05/06||@ TOR||L 2-5||0||1||1||+1||16:06|
|05/05||@ OTT||L 1-5||0||0||0||0||13:12|
|05/03||vs TOR||W 3-2 (OT)||0||0||0||0||12:51|
|05/01||vs OTT||W 3-2 (OT)||0||0||0||-1||14:22|
|04/30||vs WPG||W 5-3||0||0||0||-2||13:08|
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