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Carolina coach Kirk Muller believes that having the Staal brothers on the same team will drive a "healthy competition" between the two of them.

"Eric is competitive and it's human nature – everybody needs to be challenged," said Muller. "That they're brothers adds to that element. I think it will be good for Eric to have another power forward in the lineup. There will be a battle for certain roles at certain times. Who takes a key faceoff, things like that. I think it will bring out the best in both of them. It has to be very positive energy when you have two of your best players excited about playing together." Jordan and Eric were slated to play on the same line, but an injury to Tuomo Ruutu changed those plans and now they center their own combinations for depth purposes. Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/01/18/2613885/canes-rely-on-staal-power.html#storylink=cpy
Fri, Jan 18, 2013 09:06:00 AM

Mikael Granlund (upper body) has been placed on injured reserve.

He had a goal and an assist in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to Winnipeg, but suffered an upper-body injury in the contest. Granlund will be sidelined for at least a week due to the ailment.
Dec 29 - 9:59 AM

Patrice Bergeron (undisclosed) is being listed as day-to-day.

He didn't practice on Sunday and it's unclear if he'll play in Monday's match against Detroit. Bergeron will be re-evaluated on Monday to determine his status. He saw three shifts in the third period of Saturday's game against Columbus before he was pulled for precautionary reasons.
Dec 29 - 7:27 AM

Evander Kane is slated to be re-evaluated to see if he'll play in Monday's game against Minnesota.

He blocked a shot late in Saturday's game versus the Wild and he missed Sunday's practice as a result. Patrice Cormier was called up from the minors, which means you should consider Kane day-to-day until the Jets update his status.
Dec 29 - 7:12 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced that Jonathan Bernier will miss Sunday's game against the Florida Panthers because of "flu-like symptoms."

The Maple Leafs say that it isn't the mumps, or at least hasn't been confirmed yet. There's no word regarding whether he's expected to miss an extended amount of time, but make adjustments for today.
Dec 28 - 3:06 PM

With Calvin Pickard demoted and Reto Berra not impressing, the Colorado Avalanche expect to lean on Semyon Varlamov very heavily.

Colorado made a big investment in Berra via a trade, but apparently he's already lost favor. Varlamov, 26, is 5-6-5 with a .913 save percentage so far this season. The Russian netminder made all 26 stops in his return to action against the St. Louis Blues on Dec. 23.
Dec 28 - 2:52 PM

It seems like Carolina Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal is just about certain to make his 2014-15 season debut on Monday, something he admitted to being "anxious" about.

This situation could be fluid, but for now, it looks like he's centering a line with his brother Eric Staal and Nathan Gerbe. That could be a line to watch if it has any staying power.
Dec 28 - 2:18 PM

Brian Elliott is in fact on the ice and taking part in the Blues' full practice Sunday.

Blues' coach Ken Hitchcock told reporters this would be the case and it has come to pass. Elliott who has been out of action for the last month with a knee injury is moving closer to a return. When he is healthy enough to play it will be interesting to see what the Blues do with Martin Brodeur.
Dec 28 - 2:17 PM

More bad health-related news for the battered Pittsburgh Penguins: Patric Hornqvist is expected to miss a "few weeks" with a lower-body injury.

The 27-year-old has already dealt with a concussion in 2014-15, his first season with the Penguins. When healthy, Hornqvist has been a revelation, generating 13 goals and 29 points in 33 games. Here's hoping he can enjoy better health once 2015 rolls around.
Dec 28 - 1:26 PM

Despite some fantastic work while Semyon Varlamov was out with an injury, the Colorado Avalanche assigned Calvin Pickard to the AHL.

Pickard's record might not have been impressive (6-6-2), yet his fantastic work kept Colorado in games. He had a fantastic .934 save percentage. It looks like Reto Berra will back up Varlamov while Pickard tries to stay sharp in the AHL.
Dec 28 - 1:15 PM

Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien noted that both Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron are day-to-day, but didn't disclose their injuries.

Lucic fought Dalton Prout in a spirited bout on Saturday, so perhaps that might have something to do with it.
Dec 28 - 1:09 PM

One day after placing Jaroslav Halak on IR, the New York Islanders removed that designation on Sunday.

Halak has been masterful for the Islanders, going 18-6-0 with a .919 save percentage in 24 games played. It wouldn't be surprising if he returns to action on Monday.
Dec 28 - 12:34 PM




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