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Staal (upper body) skated by himself Sunday and could return during the road trip at Vancouver.

Staal left the game Oct. 11 against the Islanders with an upper body injury that was feared to be a concussion, but was later determined not the case. The trip to Vancouver is next Tuesday, meaning coach Bill Peters believes Staal is still at least a week away from returning.

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Staal (upper body) is not expected to return to action until the latter half of the Hurricanes' road trip beginning next week.

After a break in their schedule over the weekend, the Hurricanes will resume play Tuesday in Winnipeg, but Staal likely won't be available until before the team's Oct. 23 tilt with the Flames. The Hurricanes will wait and see how he progresses over the next few days before determining if an IR stint will be necessary.

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Staal (upper body) will not be in the lineup Thursday against the Rangers, Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record reports.

Staal will miss his second straight game and is considered day-to-day, but coach Bill Peters said he didn't have a clear idea when the center might be available. With a number of their top players ailing, the Hurricanes should benefit from the five-day break in their schedule after Thursday's game, but if Staal is still hurting next week, a move to injured reserve would likely be considered.

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Staal (upper body) does not have a concussion, Michael Smith of the team's official site reports.

Stall will still sit out Tuesday's game against the Sabres, but it's certainly encouraging to hear that he doesn't have a concussion. There's no word yet on the exact nature of Staal's injury, so it's safest to consider him say-to-day for now.

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Staal (upper body) will not be in the lineup Tuesday against the Sabres, Michael Smith of the team's official site reports.

Staal missed practice Monday, and as expected, won't be available for Tuesday's game. If he does indeed have a concussion, there's a chance he could miss a significant period of time.

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Staal (upper body) did not practice with the team Monday, Michael Smith of the team's official site reports.

Staal left Saturday's game after getting hit hard, and could be suffering from a concussion. It's a bad sign that he wasn't at practice Monday, and there's a good chance he won't be in the lineup Tuesday against the Sabres.

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Staal left Saturday's game with what might be concussion-like symptoms, according to CBC's Hockey Night in Canada. He had taken a hard, high and legal hit that caused his head to whip forward and back.

He was slow to get off the ice and appeared dazed on the bench. This could be a huge blow to an already injury-riddled Canes' squad if Staal proves to be concussed.

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Staal left Saturday night's game with an upper body injury and did not return.

Staal picked up an assist before leaving the game, but his health is obviously a bigger concern after undergoing offseason abdominal surgery. There's no word on the nature of his injury at this point, but it would be a huge blow to the Canes if he missed a significant amount of time.

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Staal said he has had no lingering problems in camp with the after-effects of offseason abdominal surgery, and will suit up for his first preseason game Tuesday against St. Louis, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Staal has been practicing this week in his usual spot between Alexander Semin and Jiri Tlusty on the Canes' first line. Barring any unexpected setbacks, we fully expect Staal to open the season in full health. Draft with confidence.

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Staal will be held out of the Canes' first preseason game as a precaution, reports the Raleigh News & Observer.

According to coach Bill Peters, Staal is not injured, and has not not missed any practice time in camp. However, Staal did have surgery for an abdominal injury this summer, and it sounds like Peters is just being cautious with his star center in the early going. For now, this does not appear to be something that will affect Staal's preseason fantasy value, but it's worth keeping an eye on nonetheless.