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Staal could be out for Hurricanes

Sunday, 01.05.2014 / 10:54 AM

By Kurt Dusterberg - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Staal could be out for Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes returned to Raleigh Saturday night following a 3-2 road win against the New York Islanders, extending their winning streak to three games.

Hurricanes captain Eric Staal left the game in the second period with a lower-body injury and did not return. The Hurricanes captain has missed only one game since the start of the 2010-11 and head coach Kirk Muller gave no update on his status following Carolina's win.

The Nashville Predators lost 5-4 to the Florida Panthers in a shootout Saturday night in Sunrise, Fla. The Predators have earned points in four straight games (2-0-2).

Here are the projected lineups for the Predators and Hurricanes:

PREDATORS

Colin Wilson - Mike Fisher - Patric Hornqvist

Gabriel Bourque - Matt Cullen - Viktor Stalberg

Nick Spaling - David Legwand - Craig Smith

Eric Nystrom - Paul Gaustad - Matt Hendricks

Shea Weber - Roman Josi

Mattias Ekholm - Seth Jones

Ryan Ellis - Kevin Klein

Carter Hutton

Marek Mazanec

Scratched: Rich Clune Victor Bartley

Injured: Pekka Rinne (hip)

HURRICANES

Jeff Skinner - Eric Staal - Alexander Semin

Nathan Gerbe - Jordan Staal - Patrick Dwyer

Drayson Bowman - Manny Malhotra - Tuomo Ruutu

Zach Boychuk - Brett Sutter - Radek Dvorak

Justin Faulk - Andrej Sekera

Ron Hainsey - Brett Bellemore

John-Michael Liles - Ryan Murphy

Justin Peters

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Mike Komisarek

Injured: Cam Ward (lower body), Riley Nash (lower body), Jiri Tlusty (appendectomy), Jay Harrison (concussion).

Quote of the Day

Not only is it a great idea, but if you don't [start using analytics] you're going to fall behind. You have to be on the cutting edge. It was [Arizona Coyotes assistant general manager] Darcy Regier who said, 'If you didn't invent it, you have to be the second- or third-best copier, because if you're fourth or fifth you've got no chance.'

— Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on his interest in advanced statistical analysis