Coming off a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, Canes coach Bill Peters sees no reason to make changes.
"Keep rolling," Peters said Wednesday.
Peters said he would keep the same lineup for Friday's home game against the St. Louis Blues. That means Anton Khudobin will be the starting goalie and Alex Semin, John-Michael Liles and Andrej Nestrasil again will be the healthy extras for the Canes, who have won three straight and are 7-2-1 in January.
The one variable is the health of Jiri Tlusty. The winger went head-first into the boards Tuesday after a hit from behind and was taken to the locker room for concussion testing, but returned to the game and scored the Canes' fourth goal.
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Tlusty was held out of practice Wednesday at Raleigh Center Ice, but Peters said he expects him back for Thursday's practice and expects to have him for the Blues game.
Eric Staal had a goal and assist against the Lightning, picking up where he left off before the NHL All-Star break. Staal, playing the left wing with brother Jordan Staal at center, scored twice against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the final game before the break and has a team-best 16 goals.
"Playing with the big man has really helped my game," Eric Staal said. "We're in the offensive zone making it real tough for opposing D-men and the lines playing against us."
Staal has dealt with some injuries this season and missed five games in October. But he'a healthy now and the move to the wing after Jordan returned from a broken leg has made for a dangerous line with either Tlusty or Elias Lindholm at right wing -- Eric has scored nine goals in the past 12 games
"The health is a big thing, and obviously having a big 6-foot-4 center who can do all the heavy lifting down low helps," Peters said. "That line, whether it's 'Lindy' or Jiri or whoever it's going to be moving forward at right wing, (the Staals) are both 6-foot-4, they both have speed out wide and are hard to contain down low. They get heavy in the offensive zone and they're very effective.
"I think it's a factor of Jordan coming back and him being healthy. He battled through a lower-body injury and didn't want to come out."
Khudobin has won six straight games and now is 6-8-2 overall with a 2.30 goals-against average and .918 save percentage.
"We've had good goaltending all year and we're finally scoring some goals for them," Peters said.