4/18/16 | 12:43PM: Larry Brooks writes that it's time for the Rangers to try Eric Staal back in the middle where he probably has the best chance to succeed. (NY Post)
Brooks notes that Eric was shaken up when hit against the Islanders recently and again in the third period of Game 2. (NY Post)
4/17/16 | 8:20PM: Through two playoff games with the Rangers, Eric Staal has a minus three rating, 2 PIM and 4 shots on goal.
Staal is averaging 15:37 per game, 5 hits and is 16 and 9 on faceoffs.
At 5 on 5, Staal has been on for 22 shot attempts for, 21 against, 10 shots on goal for, 12 against, 0 goals for and 2 goals against.
Staal was also on the ice when the Rangers allowed a shorthanded goal in Game 1.
On being back in the playoffs, Staal said that he wants to make the most of this opportunity after not being in the playoffs for the past few years. (NHL.com)
Alain Vigneault said last week that they think Eric is "right where we need him to be" and "brought the right leadership to help out our group." (NHL.com)
Vigneault added that Staal's big body can help wear down an opponent during a playoff series. (NHL.com)
Dave Maloney said on Sunday that Staal seems a little snake bitten but any offense that he brings should be considered a "bonus."
Adam Rotter: For a third-line left winger I think Eric has been good for the Rangers so far. But for being "Eric Staal" and everything that it brings, he hasn't been good enough or done enough. The Rangers acquired Staal to add him to a group where he wouldn't have to be "the guy" but he can be a difference maker or x-factor for the Rangers.