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Back tonight? Rangers activate Marc Staal off IR

May 6, 2013, 6:08 PM EDT

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The Rangers have activated defenseman Marc Staal off injured reserve, according to ESPN New York’s Katie Strang.

While there’s no guarantee we’ll see him tonight, the bet is that Staal — who’s been sidelined since March 5 when he was struck in the eye with a puck during a game against the Philadelphia Flyers — will be in the lineup at Madison Square Garden for Game 3 of the Rangers’ series with the Capitals.

Washington leads the series, 2-0.

If Staal does play, how many minutes he’s able to log will be worth watching. During the regular season, he averaged 24:27 per game, second to Dan Girardi‘s 25:25.

Related: Ryane Clowe expected to play

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