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All Staal Everything

Wednesday, 04.24.2013 / 2:15 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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All Staal Everything
When the Carolina Hurricanes acquired Jordan Staal from the Pittsburgh Penguins in June 2012, some wondered if the team would ever ice an all Staal line, already having Eric and Jared under contract.

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That could happen on Thursday when the Canes take on the New York Rangers.

The team recalled Jared from the Charlotte Checkers on Wednesday, concurrently reassigning Riley Nash and Tim Wallace for the Calder Cup playoffs.

“With where we’re at in the season, there are going to be different guys that get different looks and chances,” Eric said. “The more [Staals], the merrier.”

Jared, 22 and the youngest of the Staal brothers, is expected to make his NHL debut on Thursday. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Staals will be the fourth trio of brothers to play for the same team in the same season in NHL history and the first since 1985.

Though he has returned to practice, Marc, 26, is not healthy enough to dress for the Rangers Thursday night. However, Eric said there are plans for a family gathering tonight where plenty of carbohydrates will be served in advance of tomorrow’s tilt.

“Maybe he’ll dress for warm-up and just kind of skate around so we’re all out there at the same time,” Eric, 28, joked.

Canes head coach Kirk Muller downplayed the idea of icing all three Staals on one line, but he did note that Jared will likely start on Jordan’s wing.

“It will be fun for them,” Muller said.

A second-round draft pick of the Phoenix Coyotes in 2008, Jared joined the Hurricanes organization via trade in May 2010. He has since logged 102 games in three seasons with the Charlotte Checkers, totaling eight goals and seven assists.

“I don’t envy any of my younger brothers, the positions they were put in. I was fortunate to be the first one through everything. There wasn’t a lot of expectation,” Eric said. “Once I established myself, all eyes started pointing to them. Along with that comes pressure. And everyone develops at different stages of their careers.”

Jared, a forward like Eric and Jordan, isn’t necessarily the same player and has worked to carve his own niche in the game.

“He’s a power-type forward. I think he’s kind of found a role down there in the AHL with penalty killing and using his size, so he’s going to get that chance here,” Eric said. “He’s a big strong kid. He’s got a long reach.”

Since Jared joined the organization, Eric has dressed in preseason games with his younger brother. The brothers Staal shared the ice in September during informal skates before the work stoppage.

But, Thursday will mark the first time they’ll each dress for the same team in an NHL game. It’s an exciting moment for the brothers but especially Jared, who will become the sixth player to make his NHL debut for the Canes this season (Bellemore, Terry, Murphy, Jordan, Blanchard).

“You always have those butterflies … for your first NHL game,” Eric said. “For him to get this opportunity, it’s great.”

And don’t forget the brothers’ parents, Henry and Linda, who are expected to be in attendance for what will be a statistically historical and personally memorable event.

“I think it’s pretty special for my parents,” Eric said. “I don’t think they ever would have imagined that having us four boys running around the house like crazy men, and now being all grown up and playing a professional sport for a living and being on the ice surface at the same time. That’s pretty special. There’s no question about that.”



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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 59 11 27 -16 38
E. Staal 54 18 18 -9 36
E. Lindholm 58 11 15 -16 26
J. Skinner 54 15 9 -16 24
R. Nash 56 7 14 -9 21
N. Gerbe 55 6 14 -13 20
A. Sekera 57 2 17 -7 19
V. Rask 57 8 10 -18 18
J. McClement 59 4 12 1 16
J. Staal 23 4 11 -1 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 16 19 4 .914 2.35
A. Khudobin 6 11 3 .901 2.73