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Eric Staal’s Saturday is over early thanks to lower-body injury

Jan 4, 2014, 9:14 PM EDT

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Eric Staal left Saturday’s Carolina Hurricanes – New York Islanders game and didn’t return because of a lower-body injury.

To state the obvious, it’s a tough blow for the Hurricanes, a team that seemed to be getting a little bit healthier lately.

It’s more problematic for Staal personally, however, as one cannot help but wonder if this is a bad time to get injured. After all, the Canadian Olympic roster announcements are just days away, as the Canadian Press’ Stephen Whyno points out.

The big 29-year-old was heating up lately, too, with five points in his previous two games coming into Saturday’s game. Overall, he’s generated 35 points in 42 games this season (counting tonight’s contest).

The game has an injury and at least one controversial moment, as Matt Martin delivered a questionable hit on Ryan Murphy. (More on that when video becomes available.)

Update: Carolina fans can take heart that the Hurricanes won, at least, beating the Islanders 3-2.

  1. penguins87and71 - Jan 4, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    This would be a huge blow to the Carolina Hurricanes if Eric Staal is out for a significant amount of time. The Canes are trying to get on track and are fighting for a playoff spot so losing Staal is a big deal.

    • storminator16 - Jan 4, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      He won’t be. Its been obvious by watching him he’s been dealing with something the past few weeks. If I had to guess, he’s still not 100% from the Edler hit he got at worlds.

  2. penguins87and71 - Jan 4, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    I bet the Carolina Hurricanes are hoping against hope that Eric Staal doesn’t get selected to team Canada.

    • joey4id - Jan 5, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      Might open the door for Kunitz.

  3. caniac4ever - Jan 5, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Eric Staal is 29 years old, not 24.

  4. gocanes27 - Jan 5, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Even Jordan is 25.

    E Staal was apparently injured during the Caps game before the Islanders and tried to play through it in NY. Unfortunate timing for him for the Olympics but as far as the canes go, I think this may help them slightly. Rookie Lindholm is coming back from the juniors and will play Tuesday. Staal was also taking a ton of penalty minutes. His line was clicking quite well however. Time will tell.

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