‘Canes Staal off IR, eligible to play tonight.

From the Associated Press:

Eric Staal is back in the Carolina Hurricanes’ lineup.

The team said Wednesday it activated the All-Star center from injured reserve and says he is eligible to play later that night at Anaheim.

The 25-year-old missed 10 games with an upper body injury sustained Nov. 1 against San Jose. He had three goals and two assists in the Hurricanes’ first 13 games before he was hurt.

Before he missed a game at Florida on Nov. 4, Staal had skated in 349 consecutive games — the second-longest string in franchise history.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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