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"Good Chance" for Staal Tomorrow

Friday, 02.06.2009 / 4:03 PM / 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.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 61 26 31 4 157 191 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 61 12 28 -16 40
E. Staal 56 18 19 -10 37
E. Lindholm 60 11 16 -16 27
J. Skinner 56 16 10 -16 26
R. Nash 58 7 15 -9 22
N. Gerbe 57 7 15 -11 22
V. Rask 59 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 61 6 12 3 18
J. Staal 25 4 12 -2 16
A. Nestrasil 33 4 10 4 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 17 19 4 .913 2.37
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .906 2.60