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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

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres