If you missed it from earlier, here’s a look at Staal’s tenure with the Hurricanes, as he gets to hit the millennium mark Monday night. When he takes the ice Monday, he’ll be the fifth player ever to play game 1,000 while on the Hurricanes/Whalers and the first since 2009.
“I didn’t really expect it growing up, and I just wanted to make the NHL and wanted to work hard, make an impression and keep playing,” Staal said. “It kind of just all blurs together. It happens fast. The years go by fast. I watch my kids grow up, it goes fast. Next thing you know, you’re at 1,000.”
Apart from Staal’s big day, Monday also bears importance around the league with the trade deadline. The 3 p.m. deadline has now passed, though there’s always the potential for the news of a few late moves to trickle in in the hour or so following the official deadline.
For the Canes though, don’t expect to see any involvement in a late deal.
“I envision us being the same group moving forward here,” said Rod Brind’Amour earlier Monday.
As far as the game on the ice, the Hurricanes will face off with the Detroit Red Wings for the second game in a row, looking to bounce back from a shootout loss Saturday. James Reimer, who hasn’t played since April 1, will be in net, while Haydn Fleury will slot back into the lineup for Jake Bean.
Here’s how Brind’Amour’s squad is expected to hit the ice Monday night:
Andrei Svechnikov - Sebastian Aho - Jesper Fast
Nino Niederreiter - Vincent Trocheck - Martin Necas
Jordan Martinook - Jordan Staal - Warren Foegele
Cedric Paquette - Steven Lorentz - Morgan Geekie
Jaccob Slavin - Dougie Hamilton
Brady Skjei - Brett Pesce
Jake Gardiner - Haydn Fleury
Injuries and Scratches: Alex Nedeljkovic (healthy), Brock McGinn (upper body), Teuvo Teravainen (concussion symptoms, IR)
Taxi Squad: Jake Bean, Max McCormick, Joakim Ryan, Drew Shore
The Red Wings have certainly been more active over the past few days since Saturday’s game, dealing away both Jon Merrill and Brian Lashoff while acquiring draft picks and prospect Hayden Verbeek.
With some roster turnover and the trade deadline, Detroit head coach Jeff Blashill didn’t comment on what the Red Wings’ lineup will look like Monday.
Jeff Blashill said he's not making lineup decisions until after trade deadline passes for Red Wings at Carolina tonight.— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) April 12, 2021
He did say Gustav Lindstrom will get into the lineup at some point.
One thing to keep an eye on is that Marc Staal should be on the ice to see his brother’s 1,000th game, a cool moment for the two.
Marc Staal: “The fact that I get to be in the building (for Jordan’s 1000th) is pretty special. It’s a proud milestone to hit...it shows longevity and your commitment to the game.”— Sara Civ (@SaraCivian) April 12, 2021
With this very, very subject to change, here is how Detroit may lineup Monday:
Dylan Larkin - Filip Zadina
Valtteri Filpulla - Michael Rasmussen - Anthony Mantha
Evgeny Svechnikov - Vladislav Namestikov - Frans Nielsen
Adam Erne - Luke Glendening - Darren Helm
Danny DeKeyser - Filip Hronek
Marc Staal - Troy Stetcher
Christian Djoos - Alex Biega
Injuries and Scratches: Bobby Ryan (upper body), Tyler Bertuzzi (upper body), Sam Gagner, Robby Fabbri
Taxi Squad: Givani Smith, Taro Hirose, Mathias Brome, Gustav Lindstrom, Calvin Pickard, Kaden Fulcher