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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

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
K. Versteeg 63 11 22 -6 33
E. Staal 63 10 23 -3 33
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81