Originally written on Bleeding All Blue  |  Last updated 11/19/14

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 04: Marc Staal #18 of the New York Rangers celebrates against the Washington Capitals on February 4, 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
After missing the first 36 games of the 2011-12 season dealing with concussion issues, Rangers defenseman Marc Staal will make his debut in today's Winter Classic game.  Dan Rosen at NHL.com reports that Staal will be paired with Bickel which means that Jeff Woywitka will be scratched.

Interesting to see Staal being put in the lineup today to say he is healthy enough to play, but Tortorella easing him back in on the third pairing with Bickel.  A healthy Staal is a huge boost to the first place Rangers so hopefully he is fully ready and has no further issues with his head.


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