Canes' Staal progressing from injury
Posted January 12
Raleigh, N.C. — After sitting out the past few games, Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal skated Sunday and was in a normal practice jersey. Staal was allowed full contact at the morning skate and head coach Kirk Muller said that they will wait to see how he feels before making a decision on his status Monday against Calgary.
Staal said that the lower body injury was something he needed to rest, skating is a big part of his game and if he is not able to or feel comfortable with that, he would be more if a detriment to the team than a help.
Staal jokingly added that there was one positive about the injury: he didn't have to sit through the snow storm in Buffalo.
Veteran Manny Malhotra was given the day off from practice Sunday. Muller said that in the second half of the season, they will rely on certain guys to play extra minutes and some players will be given extra rest when time in the schedule allows. That is even more exaggerated with a compressed schedule due to the upcoming Olympics in Sochi.
With Malhotra held out of practice, Muller adjust the 3rd and 4th lines. Jiri Tlusty was on a line with Elias Lindholm at center and Radek Dvorak on the opposite wing. Tuomo Ruutu was on the fourth line with Riley Nash and Drayson Bowman.
Muller said Sunday he is happy with the depth of the organization. He mentioned the contributions of Zach Boychuk and Brett Sutter helping the team during the 5-game winning streak.
Carolina, winners of five of their last six games, will play their next three games at home starting with a Monday contest against Calgary.