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Marc Staal Is Playing Today

It seems yesterday everyone was so excited to see Marc Staal on the ice at the practice people thought there was a chance he might play in this game. Well John Tortorella put those chances to bed when he said that Marc won’t be available for the game.

This shouldn’t be seen as a setback for Staal as this was rather expected. It would have been nice for Marc to play but no one wants to see him suffer a setback like Crosby. I have a feeling Marc will return before we know it, and that date isn’t too far away.

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**UPDATE**

John Buccigross tweeted this:

Hearing Ranger D-man Marc Staal is playing today in the Winter Classic..

Now I don’t know how accurate this is. Buccigross “hears” he’s playing. Now Buccigross is no Jim Cerny or any beat writer so I don’t exactly trust him. Let’s wait until a Tortorella press conference or something before we know if Marc is playing or not.

**UPDATE**

John Tortorella confirmed in a press conference that Marc Staal is indeed playing. I really hope Marc doesn’t suffer a set back and that he’s truly ready to return.

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