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07:34 AM ET 12.30 | The countdown to New Year's Eve is significant in more ways than one for Marc Staal. [Staal] was in a terrific mood on Sunday morning -- so much so, he admitted the hope is he plays on Tuesday in Sunrise, Fla., against the Panthers. Staal has been out since Dec. 7, when he was concussed on a hit from Devils' rookie Reid Boucher. Sunday's 4-3 win over the Lightning at the Tampa Bay Times Forum was the 10th consecutive game Staal missed, and although he' has been skating for just more than a week, it was previously thought to be a long shot he would be ready by Tuesday. Staal said he has passed all the necessary tests to return, and his plan was to ride a stationary bike Sunday night, practice again in Tampa on Monday, and, if all goes well, play on Tuesday.

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December 30, 2013  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Most people try to get off work on NYE, Marc.

I heard Miley will be working it just before midnight on NYE. Don't recall which TV show however.

December 30, 2013  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I heard Miley will be working it just before midnight on NYE. Don't recall which TV show however.

If you don't remember the channel best to just leave the TV off. Oh wait I forgot you're a Leaf fan.

December 30, 2013  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I heard Miley will be working it just before midnight on NYE. Don't recall which TV show however.

So I see FOXNEWS is doing a show this year with one of their airheaded blondes hosting, (the qb's wife i think)

December 30, 2013  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I heard Miley will be working it just before midnight on NYE. Don't recall which TV show however.

Is that how Staal got his concussion in the first place?

December 30, 2013  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

If you don't remember the channel best to just leave the TV off. Oh wait I forgot you're a Leaf fan.

Exactly why I like watching train wrecks!

December 30, 2013  01:05 PM ET

Smiley "read my lips" Sigh-less - must be a re-pube-lican.

December 30, 2013  01:13 PM ET

Apparently the three Staals ?of the night? are still dreaming of going to the same O-lays together. Oh brother, maybe if more than one of them was ever up to that level...

December 30, 2013  01:36 PM ET

Singing "Come back, Marky come back"

Please! Get MDZ the phook outta NY, already!

December 30, 2013  02:05 PM ET
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Singing "Come back, Marky come back" Please! Get MDZ the phook outta NY, already!

I remember after big brother Eric gave Mark a concussion in an interview he said he "probably" wouldn't have hit him that hard if he knew what was going to happen. I always loved that qualifier "probably"

December 30, 2013  02:20 PM ET
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I remember after big brother Eric gave Mark a concussion in an interview he said he "probably" wouldn't have hit him that hard if he knew what was going to happen. I always loved that qualifier "probably"

Ah brotherly love......gotta love it.

Bottom line is Marc has had an unlucky stretch here.....we need him healthy if we have any chance of rallying from the doormat. Lord knows his scoring ability (and his 2 goals so far) will be needed; since he has more points than anyone on the 3rd and 4th lines.

December 30, 2013  03:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Is that how Staal got his concussion in the first place?

Dad came home early?

December 30, 2013  10:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Ah brotherly love......gotta love it.Bottom line is Marc has had an unlucky stretch here.....we need him healthy if we have any chance of rallying from the doormat. Lord knows his scoring ability (and his 2 goals so far) will be needed; since he has more points than anyone on the 3rd and 4th lines.

Agreed. He's a big piece of the missing puzzle and gives back some chemistry to Lundqvist who needs it bad...

 
December 31, 2013  08:39 AM ET
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Agreed. He's a big piece of the missing puzzle and gives back some chemistry to Lundqvist who needs it bad...

it hurts to watch this team........it really does.

well here is hoping the New Year brings goals, and lots of them.

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