Found October 26, 2011 on Fox Sports Carolinas:
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Eric Staal has stalled. That's the easiest way to put it. The captain of the Hurricanes is going through one of those funks. It's perhaps more pronounced because it comes at the start of the season. Staal has managed three goals in nine games this season. None of those came in even-strength situations. He added his second assist of the season on a tying power-play goal against the Ottawa Senators in what became a 3-2 shootout loss Tuesday night. More damaging, perhaps, is Staal's minus-9 plusminus rating. He began the week at minus-10, which ranked as the worst mark in the NHL. He'll have another chance to pick up the pace Friday night at home against Chicago. Teammates have been quick to point out Staal's other contributions. Those include winning a key faceoff in the game against Ottawa. He has been used with different line combinations. It appears the absence of former teammate Erik Cole might be the biggest adjustment Staal must make in order to start feeling comfortable in the offensive zone. NOTES, QUOTES The trio of left winger Jeff Skinner, center Jussi Jokinen and right winger Tuomo Ruutu were picked by coach Paul Maurice to participate in Tuesday night's shootout. Maurice said that it's a matter of finding players who are comfortable with the pace of a shootout and he's still trying to find out who those players will be. Jokinen has a solid background in shootouts, so he's likely to be on the shootout list most of the time. The Hurricanes held a seven-game winning streak at home against the Senators until they lost Tuesday night's shootout. Now in the last eight meetings in Raleigh, N.C., the Senators have scored more than one goal against the Hurricanes only twice. The Hurricanes will want to make better use of the home ice because the game against Ottawa began a stretch of seven home games during a 10-game span. ROSTER REPORT RW Zach Boychuk was called up from Charlotte of the AHL for Tuesday night's game as the Hurricanes needed another forward. He scored two goals in a game last year against Ottawa, but he managed only one shot on goal in seven shifts of his NHL season debut. D Jamie McBain has been solid since cracking the lineup after the first week of the season. He picked up his third assist of the season in the shootout loss to Ottawa. D Justin Faulk was brought back from Charlotte of AHL after he put up two points across three games with the minor-league team. But he wasn't in the lineup for Tuesday night's game against Ottawa. RW Anthony Stewart (lower body) missed the Oct. 25 game against Ottawa. He's considered day-to-day. LW Zac Dalpe (lower body) was injured Oct. 14 at Buffalo. He's on injured reserve. QUOTE TO NOTE "In the situation we were (in), it's good to get a point." -- LW Jeff Skinner, on the Hurricanes losing their third game in a row, but gaining a team point with two goals late in the third period forcing overtime.
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