Eric Staal is doing all he can to keep his mind clear, his concentration keen and his play consistently good.

That said, it has been tough at times for the Carolina Hurricanes captain. Eight games into the season, Staal seemingly hasn't fully found his stride or gotten into a good rhythm for the Canes (3-3-2), who will host the Ottawa Senators (3-5-0) tonight.

Staal has three goals, all on power plays, and one assist. His minus-10 rating is the lowest in the NHL.

Regardless of the forwards placed on his line, Staal has not yet developed the same feel and chemistry he had last season when Erik Cole was on his right wing. Coach Paul Maurice has tried Jeff Skinner and Alexei Ponikarovsky on the left side. He has tried Tuomo Ruutu and Chad LaRose on the right.