Hurricanes say Jordan Staal broke a bone in his right leg

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Early reports regarding an injury to Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal were ominous for a reason: the team announced that he suffered a broken bone in his right leg in Tuesday’s 2-0 preseason loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

The Hurricanes didn’t provide a timetable for the 26-year-old’s recovery just yet. He’s set to return to Raleigh, N.C. with the team on Wednesday and is expected to be evaluated by team doctors on Thursday, so we might get a better idea regarding how much time he’ll miss then.

Staal suffered the injury when he was tangled up with Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges. The two-way forward was on the ice for several minutes and was unable to put weight on his right leg while being helped to the locker room.

He managed to play in every Hurricanes game the past two seasons since being traded to Carolina, but that streak is likely to end. An already-shaky team can only wince in wondering how long he’ll be out.