The Carolina Hurricanes are continuing on their western road swing on Friday night, going from San Jose and into Anaheim tonight and they will be doing so without forward Jordan Staal, who had his upper-body injury confirmed to be a concussion on Thursday afternoon and he is already slated to miss tonight's game.
This is the last game of the road trip for the Hurricanes, as they are heading home after tonight and the forward will be evaluated further upon their return, but the coaching staff didn't seem overly optimistic about his immediate playing status, saying that he will be out indefinitely.
The veteran forward has 5 goals and 11 points in 27 games this season with the Hurricanes, which is currently good enough for 290th overall in the hockey pool scoring list, but his two-way game is what keeps Carolina competitive most nights and he's a big factor in what the team does on a nightly basis.
For Troy's team, he's a filler forward, as the rest of his picks have been very solid for him this season, one of the main reasons why his team has done so well this year. At the end of play on Thursday night, he carried a 1-point lead in 1st place through, overtaking Stuart once again. With 5th place only 6 points back, he'll need all hands on deck to stay afloat there and losing Staal for an indefinite period of time certainly won't help.