The Rangers continue a road trip Tuesday against the Florida Panthers.
Staal, who was injured on a hit by New Jersey Devils forward Reid Boucher in a Dec. 7 game, skated at practice on a pairing with rookie Conor Allen, who made his NHL debut Sunday in a 4-3 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
"I had a talk there with Marc at the end of practice today and he said he was ready to go," coach Alain Vigneault said. "He's been working real hard for a couple of weeks, skated during the Christmas break, and he feels he's in good condition. So I told him if he feels good to go we're going to play him."
Staal has two goals and one assist in 30 games this season.
Defenseman Anton Stralman, who has a sore wrist and missed the game Sunday, is questionable to play Tuesday.
"Today was a step forward," Stralman said. "It felt better … we'll see about tomorrow and hopefully it will be even better."