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Staal sustained a broken bone in the lower part of his right leg during Tuesday's exhibition at Buffalo, Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press reports.

A timetable has not been released regarding Staal's return to the ice, but it would seem likely that he'll miss significant time. He needed crutches to move around after Tuesday's preseason contest, and fantasy owners will want to monitor his status in the coming days for a clearer picture regarding how much time he'll miss.

Jordan Staal C CAR 3 Months

Staal (leg) was spotted using crutches while moving around in the locker room after Tuesday's preseason contest, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports.

Staal also underwent X-rays after the game, the results of which likely won't be available until Wednesday. While it's possible the Hurricanes just had Staal use the crutches so as not to aggravate his leg injury any further, the scene certainly warrants some concern. There should be more clarity regarding a possible return timetable by the end of the week, but things certainly don't look promising for Staal.

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Staal suffered an apparent right leg injury late in Tuesday's exhibition loss against the Sabres and required assistance off the ice, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

The Hurricanes fell to 0-2 in the preseason after Tuesday's defeat, but the health of their second-line center is obviously of graver concern for the club. According to Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, Staal wasn't able to put any weight on his leg as he exited the ice following a hit from the Sabres' Josh Gorges. The team will reevaluate him after the game, but there seems to be legitimate fear Staal may have suffered a significant injury.

Jordan Staal C CAR 3 Months

Staal has been skating with Alexander Semin and Jiri Tlusty so far in training camp, reports the Raleigh News & Observer.

Although it's early and new coach Bill Peters will likely experiment with various line combinations before the start of the regular season, Staal could really benefit from inheriting his brother Eric's linemates from the last two seasons. Semin and Tlusty are two reliable, scoring wingers who are used to playing on the same line together, something Staal has often lacked since joining the Canes two seasons ago. One thing is for certain - Staal will once again open the season as the Canes' second-line center, so it's really just a matter of who will be his wingers at this point - likely some combination of Semin, Tlusty, Jeff Skinner and Elias Lindholm.

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Jordan Staal had an assist in Carolina's 5-2 loss on Thursday.

Staal was on a seven-game scoring slump. That point brought him up to the 40-point milestone, which is well below where we had hoped he'd be at near the end of the 2013-14 campaign.

Jordan Staal C CAR 9 Months

Jordan Staal potted two assists but Carolina could not get by the Islanders, losing 5-4 on Tuesday night.

The 25 year old has struggled this season, managing just 39 points through 72 games. It would be worse had the center not picked it up this month to score 10 points in his past 12 games.

Jordan Staal C CAR 9 Months

With Sunday's goal, Jordan Staal now has a six-game point streak (3G, 6A) going.

He scored the Carolina Hurricanes' lone tally in a dispiriting 2-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers. Staal also had 7 SOG and two hits in the game. He's easy to justify adding (43 percent owned) in hits leagues, as he now has 157 on the season. Whatever your format, at least keep an eye on the forward, who's usually mainly known for his defensive skills.

Jordan Staal C CAR 9 Months

Jordan Staal had two assists in Carolina's 4-2 win over Buffalo.

Staal extended his point streak to four games and this also marked his third straight multi-point contest. He has 13 goals and 34 points in 66 contests in 2013-14.

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Jordan Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes has been on a bit of a hot streak and he believes it's because he's learned how to relax and play.

But a line change that has Staal playing with wingers Jiri Tlusty and Alexander Semin likely has a lot to do with his newfound relaxation. Staal has two goals and three assists in the past three games, scoring the game-winning goal Tuesday in the Canes' 3-1 victory against the New York Rangers. "Their line has been very effective," Canes coach Kirk Muller said. "(Staal) is getting different results, so he's feeling better. That was the big thing he wanted - the extra responsibility. I think he's coming into his own, playing his best hockey since he's been here. He's become a power forward, taking the puck wide, going to the net."

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Jordan Staal had a goal and an assist on Tuesday.

Staal is now on a three-game point streak. He's been a bit of a disappointment this season with 13 goals and 32 points in 65 games. The only hope now is that he'll finish on a high not, but that's far from a certainty.