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Marc Staal could be back before season’s end

Apr 9, 2013, 9:51 AM EST

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If the New York Rangers can stay in the playoff race, then they might get a key reinforcement just in time for the postseason.

Marc Staal could start skating within the next 10 days, according to a Sportsnet report. On top of that, there’s a chance he’ll play again before the end of the regular season.

Staal has missed a little over a month after he was struck near his right eye by the puck.

The 26-year-old defenseman is a key part of the Rangers, but he’s endured more than his fair share of trials lately. In addition to this injury, Staal missed 36 games in 2011-12 because of a concussion.

When Staal returns to the Rangers lineup, he’s reportedly expected to start using a visor. Marc and his brothers Jordan and Eric Staal weren’t wearing visors before the incident. However, after Marc’s scary injury, the Carolina Hurricanes forwards decided to change that practice.

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