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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.

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Staal (leg) will play Monday against the Canadiens.

The Hurricanes activated Staal off IR on Monday, confirming his return to the lineup. The center hasn't played at all this season, but finished last year with 15 goals and 25 assists in 82 games.

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Coach Bill Peters indicated he expects Staal (leg) to return to the lineup against the Canadiens on Monday, Michael Smith of the Canes' official site reports.

Staal was targeting Monday as a potential return date, and it appears he will hit the mark barring a setback. If he indeed returns, Staal will provide the Canes a much needed boost offensively, as the team is averaging just 2.06 goals per game.

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Staal (leg) is targeting a possible return to the lineup Dec. 29 against the Canadiens, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

The struggling Canes are 9-20-4 and desperately need the kind of boost that Staal's return would bring. Keep your fingers crossed and hope that he can inject some offense into a Carolina attack that ranks second-last in the league in scoring (2.06 goals per game).

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Coach Bill Peters said after Tuesday's morning skate that he's hopeful Staal (leg) will be ready to play by the end of December, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Staal resumed skating last week and seems to be increasing his activity level each day, but Peters said the center needs to take more contact and participate in battle drills before his activation will be forthcoming. He'll continue to skate with the team in a light capacity until he notices some more healing with his fractured fibula.

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Staal (leg) will join the Hurricanes for their pregame skate Thursday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Staal, who skated on his own prior to Wednesday's practice, will wear a non-contact jersey during Thursday's skate. He's still probably at least a couple weeks away from returning from injured reserve due to the extensive time he's already missed due to the broken leg, but his recovery seems to be trending positively.

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Staal (leg) has shed his cast and is expected to begin off-ice workouts soon, NBC Sports reports.

As he's surely well out of hockey shape thanks to his two-month stint in the cast, Staal will likely need a significant amount of recovery time. He appears to be on track for a return sometime in January.

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Staal (broken leg) was placed on injured reserve Thursday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Staal is still expected to miss three to four months after fracturing his right fibula in a preseason game Sept. 23. An early return around late December would be the best-case scenario here, however a more realistic expectation would be sometime in mid- to late-January.

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Staal will undergo surgery to repair a fractured fibula in his right leg and is expected to miss three-to-four months.

The Hurricanes were bracing for the worst after Staal broke his leg in Tuesday's exhibition game, and it appears they've received just that with the news that surgery will be necessary for the center. Staal will undergo the procedure on Friday, which will likely keep him out until around the All-Star break. Despite Staal's dropoff in production last season with the Hurricanes, his absence still represents a huge hit to the team's depth down the middle.

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It has yet to be determined whether or not Staal will require surgery on his broken leg, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Staal was set to undergo a thorough evaluation by team doctors Thursday, but the results of those tests may not be available for a few days. If the Hurricanes do decide to go the surgery route, Staal would likely be looking at a long-term recovery period, which could potentially stretch into the second half of the season. Second-year forward Elias Lindholm is expected to receive the first opportunity to fill in for Staal as the Hurricanes' second-line center.