Marc Staal said that there is “no comparison” between the concussion he suffered on Dec. 7 and the one he sustained in February of 2011 that ultimately sidelined him for the first 36 games of the 2011-12 season.
“The last time, I played through a concussion for so long, the effects dragged on forever,” the Rangers’ alternate captain said Sunday morning. “This one is different.
“From day-to-day afterward, I’ve felt better, quicker. There is no comparison.”
Staal, symptom-free for at least the last several days, spoke in his team’s locker room at the practice facility before skating for the second straight day.
The Rangers-Wild match at the Garden Sunday night will mark his seventh straight game out of the lineup since he left the ice immediately after taking a hit up high from the Devils’ Reid Boucher midway through the third period of the Dec. 7, 4-3 OT defeat at the Garden.
“I had loud ringing in my ears and a headache right after, so I knew something w...