RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes are going Staal in for the home finale.
They added their third Staal brother Wednesday when right wing Jared Staal was called up from their AHL affiliate in Charlotte. He will join older brothers Eric and Jordan Staal on the roster.
"The more, the merrier," Eric, the team captain, said after practice Wednesday.
Jared is scheduled to make his NHL debut Thursday night against the New York Rangers — brother Marc Staal's team. Coach Kirk Muller says Jared likely will start out skating on Jordan's line.
"There's a pretty good chance — we've got three of the four in the lineup — that a couple of them (will be) playing together at some point anyway," Muller said. "It'll be fun for them."
Marc has been out since he was struck in the right eye with a puck against Philadelphia on March 5.
"Maybe he'll dress for warmups and skate around so we're all out there at the same time," Eric quipped.
The Hurricanes will miss the playoffs for the fourth straight year and sixth time in the seven seasons since they won the Stanley Cup in 2006. So in their final couple of games, they're giving some younger players a chance to make an impression.
Now it's Jared Staal's turn.
He had four goals and three assists in 52 games with Charlotte this season while establishing himself as a solid penalty-killer and as what Eric called a "power-type forward." All four brothers are 6-foot-4 and weigh between 200-220 pounds.
"I'm very excited, obviously, because he's been working hard," Jordan said. "For him to get the opportunity is very exciting, and hopefully he plays well and has some fun."