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12 Eric Staal C
Height/Weight: 6-4/205 | Birthdate: 10/29/1984 | Birthplace: Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada | Team: Carolina Hurricanes | College: None | NHL Experience: 10 | Salary: $8,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 96/77 | Average Draft Position: 37.23
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4/13/2014

Eric Staal, C, CAR

Eric Staal

Hurricanes' Staal Scores Twice

News: Eric Staal scored two goals against the Flyers on Sunday.
Analysis: These goals got Eric Staal to 21 on the season, keeping him from finishing below the 20 goal mark. This was his worst season since his rookie year, which is a bit of a concern heading into next season.

3/22/2014

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Eric Staal

Staal Busy In Canes Loss

News: Eric Staal assisted on both Carolina goals in Friday's loss to Chicago. He still has not scored a goal since February 27, a span of 11 games.
Analysis: Eric Staal has seven assists in the last nine games, but the Canes could use a goal or two from their leader. He's still the team's top offensive player, but a few more goals would be a welcomed sight. The fact that he's factoring into so many goals should show an end to this drought, but he only has three shots on goal in the last three games.

3/11/2014

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Eric Staal

Canes' E. Staal Set To Play Tuesday

News: Eric Staal (illness) was on the ice for Tuesday's optional morning skate and will play against the Rangers.
Analysis: Eric Staal only needed the day off Monday to rest up and recover from the flu. Barring a last-minute flareup of the ill symptoms during pregame warmups, fantasy owners should feel comfortable inserting Staal into their lineups Tuesday.

3/10/2014

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Eric Staal

Canes' E. Staal Misses Practice With Illness

News: Eric Staal was out sick for Monday's practice, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: Coach Kirk Muller said the team would see how Eric Staal is feeling during Tuesday's morning skate before determining his status for their game vs. the Rangers. Staal had seen his production slide even before the illness hit, as he's provided only two points in his last five games.

2/28/2014

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Eric Staal

Staal Scores Lone Goal For 'Canes On Thursday

News: Eric Staal accounted for the entirety of the Carolina offense on Thursday, scoring a goal for the second straight game and taking seven shots in a 4-1 loss to Dallas.
Analysis: Nice to see Eric Staal exit the break with some scoring after he'd tallied just an assist in five games headed in.

2/25/2014

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Eric Staal

Staal Scores, But 'Canes Fall In Buffalo

News: Eric Staal scored his 15th goal and went plus-2 in Tuesday's loss to Buffalo.
Analysis: You can't pin this one on Eric Staal, who scored his first goal since Jan. 27 and continues to resurrect his plus-minus. He's now minus-5 on the year, a massive improvement over the minus-17 he had at the end of December. Perhaps the Olympic break helped him clear his head and set him up for a strong run to end the season.

2/8/2014

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Eric Staal

Staal Ends Small Drought In Canes' Win

News: Eric Staal assisted on one of Carolina's five goals in Friday's win over Florida, also finishing a plus-3.
Analysis: Eric Staal remains one of the more consistent options after the elite players, although the 14 goals through 53 games are a bit down from his usual 30-plus pace.

1/27/2014

Eric Staal, C, CAR Hurricanes' Staal Scores Twice

Eric Staal

Hurricanes' Staal Scores Twice

News: Eric Staal notched two goals against the Blue Jackets on Monday.
Analysis: Eric Staal has a six-game point streak going, and he's tallied nine points in those games.

1/19/2014

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Eric Staal

Hurricanes' Staal Tallies Two Points

News: Eric Staal scored a goal and added an assist against the Lightning on Sunday.
Analysis: Eric Staal has three multi-point games in his last five contests, but overall he only has 39 points in 45 games and is a minus-13. Neither is what you expect from Staal.

1/18/2014

Eric Staal, C, CAR E. Staal's Playmaking Leads Canes To Victory

Eric Staal

E. Staal's Playmaking Leads Canes To Victory

News: Eric Staal picked up two assists Saturday in a win over the Panthers.
Analysis: He has seven points, including six helpers, in his last five games. But right now, he has just 10 goals in 44 games, a pace that will see him score the fewest of his career outside his rookie season.

1/13/2014

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Eric Staal

Hurricanes' E. Staal Cleared To Return Monday

News: Eric Staal (lower body) will be back in the lineup Monday vs. the Flames.
Analysis: A spectator for the the team's last four games, Eric Staal resumed practicing Sunday and was a full participant at morning skate, clearing him for a return to top-line duty. With 35 points and a minus-15 rating in 42 games, Staal is having a subpar season by his usual standards, but is still a tremendous fantasy asset across almost any league.

1/12/2014

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Eric Staal

Canes' Staal Returns To Practice

News: Eric Staal (lower body) returned to practice Sunday.
Analysis: Eric Staal has missed the team's last three games with the lower-body injury, bringing his total of games missed with injury in his 10-year NHL career to just 15. His status for Monday's game against Calgary is uncertain, but Staal said after Sunday's practice, his first since suffering the injury on Jan. 4, that he's feeling good.

1/8/2014

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Eric Staal

Canes' Staal Out A Couple More Games

News: Eric Staal (lower body) is expected to miss a couple more games, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News and Observer reports.
Analysis: This is in line with coach Kirk Muller's initial five-to-six day estimate, after Eric Staal suffered the injury Saturday. It sounds like Staal will sit Thursday and Friday, with an eye toward returning Monday against Calgary.

1/5/2014

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Eric Staal

Canes' Staal Expected To Miss 5-6 Days

News: Eric Staal (lower body) is expected to miss five-to-six days, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News and Observer reports.
Analysis: Coach Kirk Muller suggested Sunday, a day after Eric Staal suffered the lower-body injury against the Islanders, that the 29-year-old will likely only miss a week or so. That said, Staal could very well miss the team's next four games (including Sunday's), so the team may eventually be forced to add a center from the AHL.

1/4/2014

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Eric Staal

Canes' Staal Suffers Lower-Body Injury

News: Eric Staal suffered a lower-body injury during Saturday's game, and he will not return to the contest, Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press reports.
Analysis: Eric Staal's absence looms large for Carolina, as the veteran center ranks first on the team in assists (25) and second in goals (10). He also leads the Hurricanes with 46 PIM, though that part of Staal's game will only be missed by fantasy owners. Hopefully, more information will be available either after the game or sometime Sunday.

1/2/2014

Eric Staal, C, CAR Canes' Staal Collects Two Assists In Win

Eric Staal

Canes' Staal Collects Two Assists In Win

News: Eric Staal picked up a pair of assists in Thursday's overtime win over Washington. He now has five points in his last two games.
Analysis: Eric Staal has been heating up lately and now has 35 points in 41 games on the year. He is a disappointing minus-15 on the season, but has gone plus-2 over his past two games, a sign that his two-way game might be starting to change for the better. Still, you can't complain fantasy wise about a guy who is almost a point per game.

12/31/2013

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Eric Staal

Staal Busy In Carolina Win

News: Eric Staal snagged three points in Carolina's 5-4 overtime win against Montreal on Tuesday, notching a goal and two assists.
Analysis: Eric Staal had himself a solid afternoon and remains a bit streakier than usual this season, despite 33 points in 40 games. He's regularly one of the league's most consistent scorers but his goal totals might be a little down this year in comparison to his last few campaigns. Staal is a proven player and could be well worth exploring in a trade if you play up his abysmal plus-minus rating.

12/20/2013

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Eric Staal

Hurricanes' Staal Ready To Go Friday

News: Eric Staal (illness) will play Friday vs. the Capitals, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: Eric Staal missed Thursday's practice with the flu, but looked to be in good shape during morning skate Friday morning. Fantasy owners should have no qualms about using him against Washington.

12/19/2013

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Eric Staal

Canes' Staal Dealing With Flu

News: Eric Staal missed Thursday's practice with the flu but expects to play Friday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: Assuming Eric Staal is back in action Friday during morning skate, fantasy owners should have no hesitation in keeping the center active against the Capitals.

12/14/2013

Eric Staal, C, CAR Canes' E. Staal: Three-Point Night

Eric Staal

Canes' E. Staal: Three-Point Night

News: Eric Staal's point streak stands at three games after he picked up three points -- a goal and two assists -- in a 3-1 win over Phoenix on Saturday night. He has two goals and three assists in his last three games and 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his last eight games.
Analysis: He's actually been quite productive since Nov. 15; try 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in 16 games. But the Canes have only won seven of those 16. Fantasy owners don'r care, but it does matter to fans. And the murmurs of 'overrated' are starting to rise again.

12/5/2013

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Eric Staal

Canes' Staal Should Be Able To Play Thursday

News: Eric Staal missed practice Wednesday with a touch of the flu but should be good to go Thursday against the Predators, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News and Observer reports.
Analysis: It doesn't sound like the illness will prevent Eric Staal, the team's leading scorer, from taking the ice against Nashville. The 29-year-old has at least one point in 10 of his last 11 games.

12/3/2013

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Eric Staal

Hurricanes' Staal Assists Twice

News: Eric Staal picked up a pair of assists in Tuesday's win over the Caps.
Analysis: He's been racking up the points lately, finding the scoresheet in nine of his last 10 games. A promising sign for Eric Staal, who'd been stone-cold before the start of this stretch.

11/24/2013

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Eric Staal

Hurricanes' Staal Notches Three Points

News: Eric Staal scored a goal and added two assists against the Senators on Sunday.
Analysis: Eric Staal now has 17 points in 24 games, and he's tallied a point in five straight games. The one concern is that he is a minus-11.

11/16/2013

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Eric Staal

Canes' E. Staal: Two-Game Goal Streak

News: Eric Staal scored a short-handed goal in Saturday's loss to the Blues. He now has goals in back-to-back games.
Analysis: Does this signal an awakening from the great Raleigh slumber? We sure as heck hope so -- the big man has just 11 points in 20 games, a tally that projects so poorly that we'd have to go back to his rookie season to find a lower total. Keep your fingers crossed.

11/16/2013

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Eric Staal

Staal Finally Scores For Canes

News: Eric Staal scored his first goal in almost a month, grabbing one of Carolina's two goals in Friday's shootout win over Anaheim.
Analysis: Eric Staal had been uncharacteristically quiet over the last month, not scoring a goal since October 17 with just four assists over that span. Staal is too talented to be quiet this long and a wave of production could be cresting. Try to pry him from a frustrated owner soon.