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Staal Given Leave of Absence

Wednesday, 01.6.2010 / 12:05 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Staal Given Leave of Absence
The Hurricanes will be without Eric Staal for at least two games, as the forward has been given a personal leave of absence due to the death of his sister-in-law, Tamara Stephenson, who endured a long struggle with cancer.  She was 26 years old.

Official press release can be found here.

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Staal has returned to Thunder Bay, Ontario, where his wife’s family also calls home. He was not at Wednesday’s practice and his eventual return date is unclear, although it’s almost certain he will miss Thursday and Friday contests at Nashville and at home against Colorado, respectively.

“He’s taken his family home to be with them at a very difficult time,” said coach Paul Maurice. “It’s something that the family has been going through, and I guess we can say our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”

Maurice said that the Hurricanes will recall yet another forward before the Nashville game. That yet-to-be-named player would join Zach Boychuk and Jiri Tlusty, who were recalled Tuesday to replace a group of injured forwards. In total, the Canes are expected to dress five forwards who started the season in the American Hockey League.

Line combinations for Thursday are not set, with Maurice saying he plans to change them during the game.

“It will be a little bit fluid during the game, too,” he said. “We’re going to move a number of those young players in and out, but they are going to play.”

For what it’s worth, and it may not be much with only 11 forwards participating, units from Wednesday’s practice can be found here. I’m guessing on that fourth line right wing as I’m unable to leave empty spots on the depth chart.


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  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
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81