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Jordan Staal Out with Concussion

Center will not play Friday in Anaheim

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

ANAHEIM - Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal has been diagnosed with a concussion, according to head coach Rod Brind'Amour.

Staal left Wednesday's game in San Jose midway through the third period and did not return. He did not practice with the team on Thursday and will not dress for Friday's game in Anaheim.

"We'll revaluate when we get home," Brind'Amour said.

In Staal's absence, Sebastian Aho will likely shift back to the middle. Additionally, the team recalled Saku Maenalanen from Charlotte on Thursday afternoon. Maenalanen will be the fourth player to make his NHL debut with the Hurricanes this season. The 24-year-old Finnish forward, signed as a free agent in May, has totaled 11 points (4g, 7a) in 23 games with the Charlotte Checkers this season.

In other potential injury news, goaltender Curtis McElhinney left Thursday's practice early with what appeared to be lower-body discomfort.

"I don't know the severity of that," Brind'Amour said. "He's getting checked out right now."

A regularly-updated team injury report can be found here.

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