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"Good Chance" for Staal Tomorrow

Friday, 02.6.2009 / 4:03 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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\"Good Chance\" for Staal Tomorrow
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According to coach Paul Maurice, Eric Staal was feeling good as of Friday afternoon and has a chance to play tomorrow night against the Phoenix Coyotes.
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“It’s a muscular injury, and we’re hopeful that it’s very, very short-term,” said Maurice just before the team boarded a plane to Arizona.  “You don’t want to test it any more than you have to. I would say now that there’s a good chance.”

Staal left the game against the San Jose Sharks prior to the start of the third period with a lower body injury and did not return. He has only missed one game in his entire career due a torso injury sustained in his rookie season, and his 307 consecutive games-played streak is the second-longest in franchise history.

Although he sounded confident enough, Maurice warned that Staal’s condition could change in the interim and that the team wouldn’t know for sure until he is tested on Saturday morning.

“The interesting part that people all know well is that when you get on an airplane things change,” he said “Hopefully he can get off the plane and feel as good as he does right now and then we’ll be optimistic for tomorrow.”

Of the Canes’ numerous injuries at the moment, Maurice was only able to provide an update on Niclas Wallin, who seems likely to play against the Coyotes.

“If Nic gets through practice tomorrow we’ll consider putting him in tomorrow night, and we’re expecting that he will,” he said.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72