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Staal (illness) is on the ice for pregame warmups and looks like he'll play Friday against the Capitals, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

As expected, Staal's minor bout with an illness won't prevent him from missing any game action, despite his absence from the Canes' morning skate. Look for him to slot in at his usual spot on the top line and receive his usual 20 minutes of action.

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Staal is dealing with a minor illness, but he should still be able to play in Friday's game against the Capitals.

Staal and defenseman Brett Bellemore (illness) missed morning skate, but Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said he expects both players to be fine for Friday's game.

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Stall netted a power-play goal and added an assist in Friday's win over Toronto.It was the sixth power-play tally of the season for Staal, who now has 18 goals and 35 points in 52 games. The 30-year-old should hit the 20-goal mark for the ninth time in 10 years, but it might be hard for him to crack 50 points. The top-line center is a strong fantasy option, but his inconsistency this season has frustrated fantasy owners. Hopefully he can build off this two-point outing, as he's had just six multi-point outings this season after recording 11 multi-point games last season.

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Staal recorded an assist in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Islanders, his first point in four games. He also had four shots on goal in 18:17 of ice time.After a red-hot four-week period (Dec. 27 to Jan. 27)that saw him record 12 points in 13 games, Staal has cooled off somewhat, with just three points in seven games so far in the month of February. In most cases, fantasy owners will have little choice but to keep him rolling in the hopes that he can somehow get on another roll. For the time being, he continues to skate on the Canes' top line with Jiri Tlusty and brother Jordan.

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Staal opened the scoring with a first-period goal Saturday against the Sharks, helping the Hurricanes to an eventual 5-4 win.

With 32 points in 47 games, Staal has been one of the brighter lights on an otherwise dismal Hurricanes squad this season. He's currently leading the team in goals (17), and is tied with Justin Faulk for the lead in points (32). At 30 years old, Staal's 100-point days are well behind him now, but he's still a useful mid-tier fantasy commodity in most formats.

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Staal scored the game's opening goal and assisted on Jiri Tlusty's third-period insurance tally in Tuesday's win over the Lightning.

After posting a two-goal game in Carolina's final contest before the All-Star break, Staal delivered a shining encore more than a week later. He's certainly got the talent to have a second-half renaissance and at least make a run at 60 points.

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Staal bagged a pair of goals in Monday's 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs.

Staal started off the season a bit slowly, but he's now got eight goals in his last 11 contests to bring his total to 15 on the year. The 30-year-old won't put up the same kind of offensive production as he was able to earlier in his career, but he still could eclipse the 50-point mark by the end of the year.

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Staal potted his 13th goal of the season and attempted four shots in Saturday's shootout loss to the Blues.

The 30-year-old now has goals in six of his last seven games, finally providing the type of production expected from a franchise center. The lack of talent on his supporting cast will drag down Staal's plus/minus and probably result in a dry spell sooner or later, but he remains a viable play across most formats while the points trickle in steadily.

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Staal factored into both of Carolina's goals Tuesday in a loss to Nashville, scoring the first and assisting on the second -- both on the power play.

After one game off the scoresheet, Staal showed some newfound consistency by jumping back on in this one, leaving him at a point-per-game pace over the last six contests. The buy-low window is closing fast.

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Staal scored for the third straight game Friday, netting the game-winning goal against the Flyers.

Staal is now riding a four-game point streak (three goals, one assist), firing 14 shots on goal in that span. With 22 points (10 goals) in 33 games, Staal has been a fairly reliable fantasy option this season. Before this recent streak, however, the 30-year-old had gone pointless in nine of his last 11 games, showcasing his inconsistency. He is trending upwards right now, though, so take advantage.