Mar. 5, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) skates off the ice with a trainer after getting hit in the face with a puck against the Philadelphia Flyers during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Rangers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Marc Staal Could Return to New York Rangers This Season

It’s been over a month since New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal has played since being hit in the eye by a puck, but it’s looking like he could hit the ice before the end of the Rangers season. According to SportsNet Canada, Staal could return to the Rangers lineup in the next “seven to ten days” which means he’ll more than likely be available for New York should they hold onto the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

According to the Rangers, Staal’s eye is healing well and their hope is that he can play a few regular season games before the playoffs — if the Rangers can hold on and make the playoffs.

- CSN Canada

Staal suffered his eye injury back on March 5th against the Philadelphia Flyers in an incident that raised awareness for use of visors in the NHL. Interestingly enough, Marc’s brothers Eric and Jordan (who both play for the Carolina Hurricanes) began wearing visors after seeing their brother’s terrible injury.

The Rangers are clinging to the seventh seed in the Eastern conference and with nine games left in their season and only two points separating New York from both Winnipeg and New Jersey, things are far from locked up. But knowing Staal would return to them in the postseason should they get there might be enough motivation for the Rangers to push through their last nine games and scratch their way into the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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