Marc Staal returned to the Rangers lineup on Tuesday and played 17:19 with 1 shot on goal, 1 shot attempt blocked, 1 shot attempt that missed the net, 1 hit and 1 giveaway.
Staal played 5:29 in the first, 6:21 in the second, 5:29 in the third and was on the ice for four goals, 2 for and 2 against.
Staal said on Tuesday that he felt better as the game went on and noted that it took him a while to get his legs after being out for so long. (NYR)
He noted that he also felt good after practice today. (NYR)
When Staal was on the ice at 5 on 5 the Rangers had 18 shot attempts for, 10 against 9 shots on goal for, 7 against and 2 goals for and 1 against.
On Wednesday, Vigneault said "I thought it was alright. He had one practice with the team, skated a few times on his own. Timing and execution with the puck will get better and he had a real hard practice today."
Speaking on Monday, Alain Vigneault said of Staal "there is no doubt in my mind that on our team, his experience and leadership, the way he plays, he is a very good defender, he gives us the capability of having two pretty good duos as far as defending against the oppositions top line. If he is good to go tomorrow, which I expect, I'll be happy to have him back. Him and Nick Holden were playing well together, there was some good chemistry there."