ANAHEIM -- Center Eric Staal, who injured a shoulder Friday against the Los Angeles Kings, should play today against the Anaheim Ducks, Canes coach Peter Laviolette said.
Michael Leighton will get the start in goal, Laviolette said. Cam Ward was in goal against the Kings in the 4-3 overtime loss and has started the last two games. In his only start, Leighton was the winner in the Canes' 4-3 overtime win at Tampa Bay.
Rookie forward Zach Boychuk made his NHL debut Friday against the Kings but was held out of the third period. He opened the game on the line with Rod Brind'Amour and Sergei Samsonov, but Laviolette bumped up Chad LaRose or Dan LaCouture during the third.
"A 3-2 game, the kid hasn't played in a while, I just didn't want to put him in a situation he was uncomfortable with," Laviolette said today. "I think it depends on the game and circumstances.
"Not knowing him, either. I've never seen him play in a game before. I just didn't want to have a bad situation."
Laviolette said he would move Boychuk to the left wing "where he's a little more natural" today against the Kings and put him on Brandon Sutter's line.
Staal injured the shoulder in the first period and was briefly taken to the locker room for treatment. He returned and played the remainder of the game, but was sore Saturday and did not participate in the Canes' practice.