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Marc Staal faces Eric for first time since big hit

Thursday, 03.01.2012 / 12:45 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Marc Staal faces Eric for first time since big hit
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Thursday's game between the Rangers and Hurricanes will be the first time Hurricanes forward Eric Staal and his brother, Rangers defensemen Marc Staal, have played against each other since Eric's big hit put Marc out of the lineup last February with a concussion.

"I enjoy competing against him," said Eric. "I enjoy the fact that I'm playing a game I love and he is, too. He wasn't (playing) last time (in New York), so that was difficult for me."

Then Staal quickly added with a laugh, "And the fact that I got booed every time I touched (the puck) -- that was different. It will be good to put this game behind us and focus on our teams."

Here is what the Hurricanes' lineup likely will look like tonight:

Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Anthony Stewart
Zach Boychuk - Jeff Skinner - Jussi Jokinen
Derek Joslin - Brandon Sutter - Andreas Nodl
Drayson Bowman - Tim Brent - Jerome Samson

Tim Gleason - Bryan Allen
Jay Harrison - Justin Faulk
Jaroslav Spacek - Jamie McBain

Cam Ward will start in goal, with Justin Peters the backup.
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It's really exciting. I'm pretty sure that when I play my first game I'm going to be emotional. To be back on the ice playing a game, being in game situations, with all the routines and rituals I do before games and during the game, I feel like I'm going to be emotional. I'm going to be really happy.

— Montreal Canadiens forward Tim Bozon on playing for the first time since his life-threaning illness