Staal, who scored in the opening period, came up limping on Friday night after Subban accidentally undercut him behind the net. Staal dragged himself to the bench, although he was able to skate off the ice a few minutes later for treatment in the locker room.
Staal has never missed a game in four NHL seasons. He has played in 358 consecutive games, counting the playoffs, and 302 in a row during the season. The streak could end Sunday.
"He's a horse, he doesn't miss games, he's our iron man," Pascal Dupuis said. "He must have been really injured not to come back."