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Staal netted a power-play goal on one of his three shot attempts in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Flyers.

A fractured fibula cost Staal considerable time earlier this season, but since returning to action in December, he's actually been more productive on a per-game basis than a year earlier. His four goals and 11 assists over 23 games have given life to a Hurricanes attack that desperately needed more skill down the middle.

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Staal had an assist in Saturday's 5-4 win over the Sharks, giving him 11 points in 16 games since returning from a fractured fibula in December.Before Staal returned to the lineup Dec. 29, the lowly Canes were 10-22-3. Since he's been back, they are 9-4-4. Staal is positively thriving now as the team's No. 1 center, with brother Eric on the wing, and he deserves to be in your fantasy lineup every time he hits the ice.

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Staal posted his second straight two-assist game Tuesday, helping out on brother Eric's game-opening goal and Justin Faulk's power-play tally in a win over Tampa Bay.

That's eight points in 11 games for Staal since his return -- a fine rate if he can keep it up, but this sample's still been too small to tell us whether he's truly back to his old scoring level or better.

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Staal tallied a pair of assists, both on goals by older brother Eric, in Monday's 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs.

Staal has played in just 10 games this season, but after returning from injury he's got five points and is maintaining his pace from last season of about a point every other game. The 26-year-old should provide fairly consistent play on the teams' first line.

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Staal notched his first goal of the season Tuesday, opening the scoring at 14:05 of the first period in an eventual shootout win over the Avs.

After managing a modest nine shots over his first six games back -- with three assists to show for that span -- Staal came out with a vengeance in this one, firing five pucks on net and getting paid off with the marker. The 'Canes have put him right back into a premier, big-minute role since his return from a broken leg, and he appears to be rounding into form.

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Staal (lower body) was on the ice for morning skate and is in line to play Friday versus the Flyers, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Staal took part in both power-play drills and line rushes, an indication he's not at risk of missing Friday's contest. He was forced out of Wednesday's game against the Penguins after experiencing soreness in his leg following his season debut earlier this week.

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Staal will not play Wednesday night against the Penguins,'s Michael Smith reports.

Staal was present on the ice for morning skate, and appeared to be on track to play, but the team will take a conservative approach and rest him New Year's Eve. He'll next see an opportunity to take the ice Friday against the Flyers.

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Staal (leg) was on the ice for morning skate and appears set to play Wednesday versus the Penguins.

Staal required treatment on his leg after making his season debut Monday night, but his return to practice the following day suggests it was likely just a precautionary concern. He'll man a spot on the top line with Eric Staal and Elias Lindholm in a match against his former squad.

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Staal (leg) is practicing Tuesday,'s Michael Smith reports.

Making his return from a fractured fibula, Staal got a bit of a scare toward the end of Monday's game, as P.K. Subban fell on the forward's leg. Staal said afterward that he should be fine, and his participation in Tuesday's practice would seem to confirm that belief.

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Staal received treatment on his leg after Monday's game, Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Staal suffered a fractured fibula in his right leg in September, and Monday's appearance was his first of the season. P.K. Subban fell on the leg during the final minute of the game, and while Staal limped off the ice, he said afterward that he should be fine. Despite the veteran center's optimism, his lengthy stay in the trainer's room indicates that he may be in some danger of missing Wednesday's contest against the Penguins.