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Jordan Staal is earning plenty of praise in Carolina despite not being able to score a goal yet for his new club.

"He just makes us a better team," said brother and captain Eric Staal on Sunday. "He's a presence when he's on the ice, whether it's defensively or offensively. Controlling pucks, winning faceoffs, he's just a very solid, all-around player, and he's only going to get better. It takes a little bit to get it going." The 24-year-old forward has four assists in his past three games. Against Buffalo last Friday, he also chipped in five shots and six penalty minutes. He shouldn't have to wait much longer to find the back of the net with the Hurricanes.