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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hurricanes Injury Update: Eric Staal to return to the lineup Tuesday night

By on 10/28/2014 07:30:00 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes will be getting a boost on the top line as forward, and team captain, Eric Staal will return to the lineup after missing five games with an upper-body injury, as reported by Michael Smith on the team's official website.

Staal has played in just two games this season before getting injured on October 11 against the New York Rangers, where he left the game with 14:37 TOI. He's been averaging around 21 minutes throughout most of his career. In those two games this season, he has a goal and an assist.

Last season, Staal appeared in 79 games. He finished with 21 goals and 40 assists.

On Monday, he participated in a full-contact practice. He centered the first line, between Jiri Tlusty and Alexander Semin.

“I’ll be in tomorrow, and I’m excited to get back in there,” Staal said. “It’s never fun watching, especially when you’re not in the win column.”

“He’s felt pretty good,” head coach Bill Peters said. “When you’re struggling, to get your leader back and a very good player, it helps.”

The Hurricanes are at the bottom of the NHL standings. Through seven games, they have yet to celebrate a win. Their 14 goals-for have them ranked 28th, and 29 goals-against puts them tied for 24th. The return of Staal, arguably their best player, will hopefully help them turn their season around.

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