Eric Staal C CAR 2 Months

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.

Eric Staal C CAR 2 Months

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.

Eric Staal C CAR 2 Months

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.

Eric Staal C CAR 2 Months

Staal tallied a goal in Wednesday's game against the Penguins.

Staal's first period goal turned out to be all the Canes could muster, as they ended up falling 2-1. Staal now has nine goals and 12 assists in 32 games this season, and is currently on a three game point streak.

Eric Staal C CAR 2 Months

Staal scored Carolina's only goal in a 3-1 loss to Montreal on Monday.

The goal was just Staal's eighth of the season, a disappointing total for what was once a top center in the NHL. There have been rumors that the Canes would consider dealing Staal should the right offer come along, perhaps a change of scenery would so both sides some good.

Eric Staal C CAR 2 Months

Staal was held out of Monday's practice, although he has routinely missed practice of late while still playing come game time, Michael Smith of Hurricanes.NHL.com reports.

Staal has been dealing with some foot issues since the beginning of December which has caused him to continually sit out of practices. That being said, his unavailability for practice hasn't posed any problems for him when actual games roll around, so he should be deployed as usual when Carolina faces New Jersey on Tuesday.

Eric Staal C CAR 2 Months

Staal collected his first assists in the month of December in Thursday's 4-1 win over Toronto, dishing two -- one on an empty-netter.

His last helper came on Nov. 29, and Staal had totaled just a lonely goal in the seven games since. It's been slow going in the first half of the year for the star center, who even after the two-point evening is on his worst point-scoring pace since his 2003-04 rookie season.

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Staal, who missed Wednesday's practice for maintenance purposes, will be in the lineup Thursday against the Bolts.

As coach Bill Peters indicated following Wednesday's session, Staal's absence doesn't seem to be anything to worry about. He assumed his usual spot on the Hurricanes' top line at their morning skate and should play close to his 19:30 average of ice time Tuesday. Still, it's worth wondering how truly healthy Staal is, as he's been held without a point in all four of his December contests thus far.

Eric Staal C CAR 3 Months

Staal was absent from Wednesday's practice, but coach Bill Peters said the forward is still expected to play Thursday versus the Lightning, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Staal dealt with a foot injury coming into Monday's game against the Devils, but he ended up suiting up for 19 unimpressive minutes, attempting just two shots on goal during that game. Wednesday's maintenance day should offer him some useful recovery time from the injury, but he could still notice diminished effectiveness even if he plays Thursday.

Eric Staal C CAR 3 Months

Staal (foot) will play Monday against the Devils, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' website reports.

Staal suffered a minor foot injury in Sunday's game against the Red Wings, but the setback will not prevent him from playing Monday. Steal will center the Hurricanes' top line and be flanked by Jeff Skinner and Elias Lindholm.