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Staal Given Leave of Absence

Wednesday, 01.06.2010 / 12:05 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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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[SSS_STANDINGS.METROPOLITAN_DIVISION_LABEL]
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
2 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
3 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
4 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
5 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
6 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
7 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
8 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 79 21 40 -13 61
J. Skinner 71 33 21 -14 54
A. Sekera 74 11 33 4 44
A. Semin 65 22 20 1 42
J. Staal 82 15 25 2 40
J. Faulk 76 5 27 -9 32
N. Gerbe 81 16 15 -6 31
J. Tlusty 68 16 14 2 30
R. Nash 73 10 14 0 24
P. Dwyer 75 8 14 -2 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 19 14 1 .926 2.30
C. Ward 10 12 6 .898 3.06
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