Forensics: Eric Staal

Tom Collins

2014-01-03

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Is Eric Staal really a second-half player?

 

A theory has formed that Eric Staal is a second-half player. Staal owners are especially hoping this is true this year, as the Carolina Hurricane is off to a bit of a slow start, at least to his standards. Staal's 0.85 points-per-game is the lowest he's had since his rookie season way back in 2003-04.

 

But is the slow start theory actually true? Is the Canes captain due for a better second half-this year?

 

Let's start by looking at who Staal has lined up with this year, according to Frozen Pool.

 

Frequency

Strength

Line Combination

19.94%

EV

28 SEMIN,ALEXANDER – 12 STAAL,ERIC – 19 TLUSTY,JIRI

19.51%

EV