Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 1/27/12
Whether it's the new coach or the new year, something has gotten into Eric Staal. Since Dec. 29 -- incidentally, two days after his brother Marc Staal was cleared for contact after suffering a concussion at the hands of Eric -- he has been on a scoring rampage with 16 points in 13 games. Some fans were booing his every shift but after the dismal start it seems that Staal is beginning to turn his season around. He's still tied for the worst plus/minus in the league (minus-23), but with his recent 16 points, he's nearly doubled his total points for the season in less than a month. Until Dec. 29, he had just seven goals on the season, a bizarre anomaly for a perennial 30-goal scorer. Not only is Staal ramping up his scoring, but he's also improving in other aspects, most notably faceoff wins. Before Dec. 29, Staal had a 48.8 percent faceoff win percentage. In the last 13 games, his percentage was 53.8 percent, improving his overall season percentage to 51.5 percent. What changed? ...
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