Jordan Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes will be out indefinitely because of a concussion, coach Rod Brind'Amour said Thursday.
The center left in the third period of a 5-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday.
Staal has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 27 games this season. He leads the Hurricanes with a face-off winning percentage of 57.2 percent, is fifth in the NHL in face-offs taken (596) and is fourth in face-off wins (341).
Carolina recalled forward Saku Maenalanen from Charlotte of the American Hockey League on Thursday. He has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 23 AHL games this season.
The Hurricanes (12-11-4), who have lost three straight games, visit the Anaheim Ducks on Friday (10 p.m. ET; PRIME, FS-CR, NHL.TV).
"We'll re-evaluate when we get home," Brind'Amour said.
Goalie Curtis McElhinney left practice early with what appeared to be a lower-body issue.