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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

I had one really not-good game. I came back to the hotel and he [his father] was on Skype. My mother called first and said, 'Your father wants to talk to you.' So he moved my mother away, and he yelled at me for like 30 seconds. I understood him, and then he said, 'I'm done.' And he was gone. The next game I got my first shutout.

— Anton Khudobin recalls a fond memory, explains why he was so sharp in the Hurricanes' 3-0 win against the Capitals on Friday
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