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Eric Staal | Center | #12

Team: Minnesota Wild
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/29/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 209
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 1 (2) / CAR
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Eric Staal and the Minnesota Wild were blanked 2-0 in Tuesday's loss to the Winnipeg Jets.
The Wild were able to keep the game close, but they were never able to solve Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck. To make matters worse for Staal, he also took a nasty cross-check to the head from Josh Morrissey that went uncalled by the officials. The veteran finished the night with a minus-1 rating and three shots on goal in 20:12 of ice time. The 33-year-old has one goal and one assist in four postseason games. The Wild now find themselves down 3-1 in this best-of-seven series. A loss in Winnipeg on Friday night would end Minnesota's season. Apr 17 - 11:02 PM

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Eric Staal was one of five Minnesota Wild players to record a multi-point game in Sunday's 6-2 win over Winnipeg.

Staal notched a goal and an assist for his first two points of the playoffs after a 76-point regular season. Four of his teammates also notched two points, including Mikko Koivu, Mikael Granlund, Matt Dumba and Nick Seeler, as Minnesota chased Connor Hellebuyck during an energetic Game 3 performance.
Apr 15 - 10:04 PM

Eric Staal scored his 41st of the season in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

Staal has already reached the 40-goal plateau for the third time in his career, and Thursday night's goal puts him four away from his career best of 45 set during the 2005-06 season. Staal's goal was also his first point in four games. The centre now has 41 goals and 75 points in 81 games this season.
Apr 6 - 1:35 AM

Eric Staal scored a goal in Tuesday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Nashville Predators.

Staal scored the game-tying goal at the 16:45 mark of the third period. Unfortunately for the Wild, Nino Niederreiter, Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu all failed to score in the shootout. As for Staal, the goal was his 40th of the season. It's the third time in his career that he hits the 40-goal plateau and the first time since the 2008-09 season. The 33-year-old has 40 goals and 73 points in 76 games this season. He's also picked up a point in five of his last six contests.
Mar 27 - 11:11 PM

Eric Staal is on a four-game point streak.

Staal registered an assist on Saturday. That brought him up to 39 goals and 72 points in 74 games this season. It's the most points he's recorded in a single season since 2010-2011.
Mar 25 - 10:28 AM

Eric Staal is one goal away from hitting the 40-goal mark for the the third time in his career.

Staal scored 45 in his second NHL season back in 2005-06 when he was a member of the Carolina Hurricanes. He then hit 40 goals again with the 'Canes 2008-09. The 33-year-old has put together an incredible year. He's up to 71 points in 73 games this season. "I think there are a lot of similarities in my game from back then, things that make my game successful," Staal said. "But I think, since coming here, I’ve done a better job of finding the areas on the ice that you need to score goals from. And also, I’ve been the beneficiary of being with a good group of guys."
Mar 24 - 10:22 AM

Eric Staal scored a goal in Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

Staal's tally tied the game at two with just under a minute remaining in the second frame. The veteran finished the night with five shots on goal and one hit in 20:58 of ice time. The 33-year-old has 39 goals and 71 points in 73 games this season. As impressive as his comeback year was in 2016-17, he's been even better this year. Staal has scored in back-to-back games and he's currently riding a three-game point streak. Zach Parise and Joel Eriksson-Ek also found the back of the net for the Wild.
Mar 20 - 12:00 AM

Eric Staal scored the game-winning goal in Friday's 5-2 victory over the Canucks.

Staal's tally at the 15:38 mark of the second period broke a 2-2 tie. The 33-year-old has accumulated four goals in his last three games and 11 in his last nine. He has 37 goals and 68 points in 68 games this season. He's a must-start in all fantasy formats right now.
Mar 10 - 10:28 AM

Eric Staal scored a pair of goals in Tuesday's 6-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Staal's first goal gave the Wild a 1-0 lead at the 4:35 mark of the first period, while his second tally made it 5-0 for Minnesota early in the second (they scored four goals in the first four minutes of the second frame). The veteran finished the night with a plus-1 rating and five shots on goal in 16:25 of ice time. The 33-year-old has been incredible for the Wild this season, as he's posted an impressive 36 goals and 67 points in 67 games this season. Staal has 15 points in his last nine contests. Nino Niederreiter, Zach Parise, Daniel Winnik and Matt Cullen also scored for Minnesota.
Mar 7 - 12:04 AM

Eric Staal netted his 34th goal of the season on Sunday in a 4-1 win over Detroit.

Staal hasn't scored this many goals in a season since he had 40 for the Carolina Hurricanes in 2008-09. He had 65 points in 82 games last year during his first campaign with the Wild. Staal has already reached that total after 66 appearances in 2017-18.
Mar 5 - 11:15 AM

The NHL has named Eric Staal as the first star for the month of February.

Staal finished with 13 goals and 21 points in 13 contests last month. That's thanks in large part to his explosive finish as he recorded 10 points in his final three games. He has 33 goals and 64 points in 63 contests this season, which puts him on pace to easily reach the 70-point milestone for the first time since 2011-12.
Mar 1 - 2:13 PM

Eric Staal scored three goals and two assists in Tuesday's 8-3 win over the St. Louis Blues.

The Wild forward once in the second period and twice in the third frame. He also helped set up goals by Jason Zucker and Mikael Granlund. Staal has been incredibly productive of late. He's now picked up 12 points during a five-game point streak and he's registered at least one point in 10 of his last 11 games. He finished tonight's contest with a plus-4 rating and four shots on goal in 12:57 of ice time. Zucker also had five points in the victory (one goal, four assists).
Feb 27 - 10:53 PM

Eric Staal was named the NHL's first star of the week.

It was a big week for the center who had four goals and three assists in four games. Staal has 30 goals and 59 points thus far and is heading for his best season since 2007-08 when he had 82 points in 82 games.
Feb 26 - 1:22 PM

Eric Staal reached the 30-goal plateau on Sunday in a 3-2 overtime victory versus San Jose.

Staal scored the game-tying goal late in the third period and Jared Spurgeon registered the game winner with just 12 seconds left in the extra frame. Staal has hit the 30-goal mark six times in his career. He has also contributed four goals and three assists during a four-game point streak.
Feb 26 - 9:32 AM

Eric Staal scored two goals and two assists in Friday's 4-1 win over the New York Rangers.

Teammate Mikael Granlund also had two goals and two assists in the victory. Staal helped set up both of Granlund's goals and he added two of his own to give Minnesota 2-0 and 3-1 leads. The veteran finished the night with a plus-3 rating, seven shots on goal and one blocked shot in 15:52 of ice time. The 33-year-old is up to 29 goals and 29 assists in 61 games this season. He's picked up at least one point in 13 of his last 16 outings. He's a must-start in all standard fantasy formats right now.
Feb 23 - 10:14 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Eric Staal
2Mikko Koivu
3Joel Eriksson Ek
4Matt Cullen
5Kyle Rau
LW1Jason Zucker
2Zach Parise
3Jordan Greenway
4Marcus Foligno
5Tyler Ennis
RW1Mikael Granlund
2Nino Niederreiter
3Charlie Coyle
4Daniel Winnik
5Zack Mitchell
6Luke Kunin
7Kurtis Gabriel
8Justin Kloos
D1Ryan Suter
2Jared Spurgeon
3Matt Dumba
4Jonas Brodin
5Nick Seeler
6Nate Prosser
7Ryan Murphy
8Louis Belpedio
9Gustav Olofsson
10Carson Soucy
G1Devan Dubnyk
2Alex Stalock