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November 17, 2019 12:40 PM
Wild's Eric Staal: Going slow after hot streak
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal has six goals and 14 points while averaging 16:28 of ice time through the first 20 games of the season.

The 34-year-old continues to produce points at his age, but has been pointless in his last four games after riding a six-game point streak through late October and into November. Staal continues to lead the team in points, but has a minus-14 rating this campaign. Look for more power-play points to come, as Staal has just three while managing 2:31 of average ice time on the man advantage. With roughly a fourth of the season over, Staal looks to be the top fantasy option for the Wild at the moment.

November 8, 2019 03:20 AM
Wild's Eric Staal: Takes three points in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal scored a goal on three shots and added a pair of assists in Thursday's 6-5 loss to the Sharks.

Staal scored in the second period and had his helpers on the last two goals for the Wild in the third period, but the 35-year-old couldn't quite lead his team back from a four-goal deficit. Staal is up to six goals and 14 points in 16 games. The center is on a six-game point streak, during which he's compiled four goals and five helpers.

November 6, 2019 02:16 AM
Wild's Eric Staal: Pockets game-winning goal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal scored a goal on two shots in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Ducks.

Staal's tally at 4:37 of the third period put the Wild ahead for the first time in the contest, and they never looked back. Staal has three goals and three helpers during a five-game point streak. The veteran center is up to 11 points and 29 shots on goal overall this season, although he carries a minus-9 rating as well.

October 30, 2019 01:20 AM
Wild's Eric Staal: Two points in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal scored a power-play goal and added an assist in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Stars.

Staal had a hand in both first-period goals for the Wild, setting up Jason Zucker in the opening minutes before scoring a goal of his own late in the frame. Staal's been pretty hot lately with four goals and three helpers over his last five games. The good stretch comes after he had just one assist in the first seven contests of 2019-20.

October 26, 2019 11:56 PM
Wild's Eric Staal: Snipes game-winning goal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal scored a goal on three shots in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Kings.

Staal roofed one past LA goalie Jonathan Quick from the left faceoff circle to put the Wild ahead 2-1 late in the second period, and that goal held up as the winner. The veteran Staal got off to a sluggish start in 2019-20, counting just one assist in his first seven games. He's come alive in the last week, however, with three goals and two assists in four games. Staal had 22 goals last season and is just two years removed from a 42-goal campaign, so it's not out of the question that the 34-year-old still has a few goals left in his stick.

October 22, 2019 11:56 PM
Wild's Eric Staal: In on all three goals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal scored two goals on five shots and added an assist in Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Oilers.

Staal had entered the night without a goal in his first eight games, but broke lose with a pair of rebound goals just over a minute apart in the first period Tuesday. He also assisted on Brad Hunt's power-play goal later in the opening frame. The 34-year-old had been a very productive center in his first three seasons with the Wild, scoring 92 goals in that span, but he has some work to do if he's going to provide another 20-plus in 2019-20.

October 20, 2019 09:00 PM
Wild's Eric Staal: Draws assist in home win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal picked up an assist in Sunday's 4-3 win at home over the Canadiens.

The assist gives Staal two points in eight games. Once considered a top center in the NHL, Staal is a shadow of his former self, playing on a team bound for the basement of the standings. Outside of deeper leagues, the 34-year-old should probably be avoided in fantasy.

October 4, 2019 11:20 AM
Wild's Eric Staal: Struggles in season opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal did not have a shot on goal, was a minus-3 and registered just 13:40 of ice time in Thursday's season-opening loss to Nashville.

The top line of Staal, Mats Zuccarello and Zach Parise struggled from the start, allowing three goals while struggling to keep pace with the opposition. As a result, head coach Bruce Boudreau was forced to limit the line's ice time. Boudreau will likely switch up the top lines to find a better combination Saturday against Colorado, which will hopefully get Staal going.

April 9, 2019 01:36 AM
Wild's Eric Staal: Down year in 14th season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 30, 2019 09:24 AM
Wild's Eric Staal: Pair of power-play points in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 24, 2019 12:56 PM
Wild's Eric Staal: Lights lamp Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 18, 2019 11:28 AM
Wild's Eric Staal: Dishes power-play helper
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 4, 2019 12:32 AM
Wild's Eric Staal: Assists to extend point streak
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 3, 2019 01:52 AM
Wild's Eric Staal: Pushes point streak to five games
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal opened the scoring with his 19th goal of the season in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Flames.

Staal needed only 3:17 in the first period to net a goal in the victory. The 34-year-old center has taken a step back from his resurgent campaign last year, but still has 44 points in 64 games. More recently, he's registered seven points in his last five contests, although the streak comes after he went pointless in nine straight games.

February 27, 2019 12:04 AM
Wild's Eric Staal: Sends out two helpers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal registered two secondary assists on the power play during Tuesday's win over the Jets.

Staal was just rewarded with a two-year contract extension Monday, and he extended his point streak to four games to return the favor. Both of Staal's assists went through Ryan Donato, who dished passes to Brad Hunt and Jason Zucker for the team's first and second goals. He now has 43 points through 63 games.

February 25, 2019 06:28 PM
Wild's Eric Staal: Secures two-year extension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal signed a two-year contract extension worth $3.25 million AAV on Monday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.

Staal will settle for a slight decrease in annual salary from the $3.5 million he averaged on his first three-year deal with the Wild, but he'll gain security without having to hit free agency in July. The stalwart has played a vital role for the Wild as a top-six center with 88 goals and 182 points through 246 games. As one of the most revered centers in the game, he will continue to provide offensively in addition to helping the Wild maintain a veteran presence in the locker room, as the team keeps getting younger with the recent trade acquisitions of Ryan Donato and Kevin Fiala.

February 22, 2019 12:08 AM
Wild's Eric Staal: Helps Jared and Jordan score
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal dished out two assists -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Rangers.

Staal helped the Wild snap a 171-minute goal drought with his assist on Jared Spurgeon's first-period tally, then added a second helper on Jordan Greenway's empty-netter. He was also largely responsible for Zach Parise's unassisted third-period goal, as Staal's uncalled trip on Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei forced Skjei to cough up the puck to Parise all alone in front. This effort snaps a nine-game point drought for the veteran center.

February 12, 2019 01:24 PM
Wild's Eric Staal: Enduring slump
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal is pointless while averaging 18:29 of ice time in his past five games.

The 34-year-old center has certainly slowed down following a 42-goal campaign in 2017-18. It's unclear what has led to the slump, but it's certainly not a lack of opportunity, as Staal has been averaging 2:51 of power-play time in his last five games. Though he's struggling as of late, it would be smart to stick with Staal, as he's still on track for his third straight 60-point campaign.

January 24, 2019 01:12 AM
Wild's Eric Staal: Leads charge against Avs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal scored two goals, one on the power play, and added an assist in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Avalanche.

The veteran has been on fire heading into the All-Star break, racking up four goals and 10 points in his last eight games. Staal is on pace to fall just short of his third straight 60-point campaign, but if he picks up where he left off when the Wild are back in action Feb. 1, he could make up that ground quickly.

January 21, 2019 10:32 PM
Wild's Eric Staal: Approaching career milestone
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Staal generated a goal and an assist in Monday's 4-2 win over the Golden Knights.

The venerable pivot needs only five more points to reach 1,000 in an illustrious career that's been split between the Hurricanes, Rangers and Wild. Staal remains a high-volume shooter with a top-line role, so don't forget about the 34-year-old when constructing daily lineups; he's reasonably priced on all the main DFS sites.

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Thunder Bay, ON
Minnesota Wild

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2007-08: All-Star Game MVP