Carolina Hurricanes Riding Dominant Jordan Staal to January Turnaround

January 29th, 2015 by Mark Jones Leave a reply »

Since Jordan Staal returned to the Carolina Hurricanes' lineup on Dec. 29, only five other NHL teams have won more games than the surging 'Canes.

After missing the season's first 35 games with a broken fibula, Staal returned a month ahead of schedule and has registered eight points in his first 11 appearances.

He's jump-started brother Eric Staal's impressive scoring streak and helped Carolina erupt on a surprising 7-4-1 streak, including five wins in its last six games at home.

Now a month later, he's poised for a productive second half that could generate some much-needed optimism for 2015-16.

The portfolio of strong statistics that No. 11 has already quickly compiled is striking.

Jordan has a goal and a whopping seven assists in his 11 games to date, averaging over 17 minutes and 30 seconds per game (including 2:05 on the power play) and winning 52.9 percent of his faceoffs.

Even more impressive has been his physical presence, providing the big body planted in the crease that the 'Canes so desperately lacked for the campaign's first three months and establishing ...

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