There has to be a problem of some kind going on with him. At times he just seems to be going through the motions, without the heart he played with previously. Tired ? Hurt ? Personal ? Cole and Adams showed good effort last night, with Staal dragging up the ice last. I didn't see him even try to earn/take a spot in front of the net until late in the 3rd.
Maybe a few nights "rest" with a seat in the press box will help him get his head straight and motivation back. Could start in Pittsburg Tuesday; let him watch his brother play like he should be playing.
YES, we epect A LOT from Staal; his contract $$$ says so !