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Staal scored his second goal of the season in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets.

Staal's now played in six games and has five points to show for it. In the four games since returning from the upper body injury that held him out of action for over two weeks, he has a goal and two assists. Whatever lingering issues may have been present at first appear to be gone.

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Staal (upper body) will be in the lineup Tuesday against the Canucks, Michael Smith of the team's official site reports.

Staal collected a goal and an assist in two games before getting hurt, and will finally make his return to the lineup Tuesday. He racked up 21 goals and 40 assists in 79 games last season, and should be a solid fantasy center if he's healthy.

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Staal (upper body) was a full participant at Monday's practice, Michael Smith of the team's official site reports.

Staal was back to wearing a regular sweater at Monday's team practice, indicating that he has likely been cleared for contact. He'll need to be activated from IR before he can return, but it sounds like that roster move will come sooner rather than later.

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Staal (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, retroactive to Oct. 11.

The upper-body ailment has already sidelined Staal for well over a week, so he'll be eligible to come off IR at any time, but the expectation is that he'll miss at least a couple more games. Brody Sutter was recalled to provide depth until Staal returns.

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Staal (upper body) skated Tuesday in a no-contact jersey, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' website reports.

It's a good sign that Staal was able to take the ice Tuesday, but he is not ready to play just yet. He will likely miss several more games, but he could return to action Oct. 28 against the Canucks.

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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.