The News and Observer has the 411 about Eric Staal's "upper body injury" sustained during the second period of the team's 5-1 slaughter at the hands of the San Jose Sharks. Staal never returned after the period break. His 349-game iron man streak, which stretches back to his rookie year when he sat out one game with a torso injury, will likely come to an end this Wednesday at Florida. Staal has been rumored to have been playing through injury through the 'Canes' first 13 games, so maybe this break will get him back to full health.
As for who will take his place centering the top line, how about the only one who is finding the net?