This season, Marc Staal is averaging 19:33 per game through the first 40 games of the season.
Staal has 3 goals and 3 assists this season and has 42 hits, 55 blocks, 12 takeaways and 35 giveaways.
He has missed the past two games with an upper body injury.
Alain Vigneault said that he is day to day and that he is "anxious" to see how he will return when the Rangers return from break.
Joe Micheletti said that Staal was able to rest and prepare for this season, unlike the previous 4-5 seasons, and looks "healthier and stronger" and it has allowed him to play more aggressively.
Elliotte Friedman wrote that Staal looks a lot more confident with the puck this season. (Sportsnet)
After the Rangers win over the Devils recently, Alain Vigneault said "I think he has played extremely well. He had a good summer of training, came here healthy and real eager to prove that he was still a defensive defenseman. Marc's ability to defend and check is well known across the league and he has been doing that for us, and against top players and doing it well."
When Staal is on the ice at 5 on 5 this season the Rangers are controlling 46% of the shot attempts, 48% of the shots on goal and 53% of the goals for. (Natural Stat Trick)
Last season, when Staal was on the ice at 5 on 5 the Rangers had 45% of the shot attempts, 45% of the shots on goal and 48% of the goals for. (Natural Stat Trick)
Larry Brooks writes that Staal could have been the "comeback player of the first half." (NY Post)
Adam Rotter: The underlying metrics only show a brief improvement for Staal but prior to his injury his season had been pretty solid. He looked stronger and healthier than he had in a long-time and is an important part of the Rangers top-four behind Ryan McDonagh. The Rangers defense is shaky when everyone is healthy but they will need a healthy Marc Staal if they have any plans on going past the first round.