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Quick hits from the Canes’ morning skate

Canes forwards Eric and Jordan Staal, after being split up the past few games, should be back on the same line Thursday against the Dallas Stars.

Jordan Staal centered a line at the morning skate with his brother on the left wing and Alex Semin on the right side. Riley Nash centered Jeff Skinner and Elias Lindholm, Victor Rask was at center with Chris Terry and Andrej Nestrasil, and Jay McClement centered Nathan Gerbe and Pat Dwyer. Brad Malone was the extra forward.

Eric Staal has played the left wing on Rask's line, but Canes coach Bill Peters again is taking advantage of the opportunity to mix and match.

The defensive pairs should remain Justin Faulk and Ron Hainsey, Ryan Murphy and Rasmus Rissanen, and Brett Bellemore and Michal Jordan. John-Michael Liles should be the extra.

Peters said Murphy and few others were fighting flu-like symptoms.

-- Terry, Bellemore and Jordan once were teammates with Stars forward Tyler Seguin on the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL. Seguin said he tried to stay in touch with some of the guys from junior hockey as best he can.

"I see those guys almost every summer and Terry has his wedding this summer and I'll see all the guys there," Seguin said.

Told he might run into Bellemore on the ice Thursday night, Seguin deadpanned, "Well, he's kinda slow. Tough but slow."

Seguin smiled, adding, "You can tell 'Belly' I said he's kinda slow. But I don't know if I'll be matched up against him."

-- Anton Khudobin will be in net for the Canes and Peters indicated the goalie selection will be game-by-game rather than a rotation.

"I don't want it to get into a rotation. I want it to be much more competitive," Peters said.

-- The Canes' special teams both rank in the top 10 of the league. Carolina now is tied for eighth in the power play while slipping to third on the penalty kill.

In the past two games, a 7-4 win over Edmonton and 4-3 shootout loss to Columbus, the Canes have scored five power-play goals (5-9) while also giving up five (3-8).

"It's been good for a while here now," Peters said of the power play. "The penalty kill we'll get back on track here with a little more practice time and video sessions for those young guys who are on it now."

-- The Stars' Seguin now has played two games since returning from the knee injury suffered Feb. 13 against Florida, when he took a low, open-ice hit from the Panthers' Dmitry Kulikov.

Seguin, who had scored 29 goals, sustained an MCL sprain and said initially didn't know he was seriously injured.

"It didn't really hurt that bad," he said. "I thought it was more a bruise. But then there was a weird feeling. I was walking and could feel my knee coming out a bit."

Sitting out was tough. The Stars were solidly in the playoff chase but went 3-5-2 in the 10 games Seguin was sidelined.

"It was crunch time and we were two points back," he said. "To miss 10 games is a blow and definitely mentally, as well. Personally I thought it was one of my best years. Team-wise we were right there , two points back.

"I can see why sometimes people say when you get injured you go through this depression phase. I don't think I was there. It was kind of short. But it (stinks) watching your team try to make the playoffs and you're watching from home."

Seguin returned to score twice in a 5-4 loss to Tampa Bay last week. He did not have a point Tuesday as the Stars (30-27-10) topped the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 in the second game of a four-game road trip.