Staal has just 19 goals - his fewest in an 82-game season since he had 11 as a rookie in 2003-04 - and only one has come on the power play, which he said "isn't good enough.
'Canes missing playoffs for 5th straight year →
"It's never fun being out of the playoffs," captain Eric Staal said. "It's never fun not playing for anything. But you come to the rink, you be a pro and you work and you compete."