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Eric Staal: Marc Staal 'staying positive' after injury

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The Canes' Eric Staal said he has talked with brother Marc Staal today but still is unsure about the severity of Marc's injury.

Staal, a defenseman with the New York Rangers, was hit by the puck near the right eye on a deflected shot Tuesday night.

"I talked to him this morning and he seemed to be feeling a little better and was in a little better spirits," Eric Staal said in an interview Wednesday. "They have to wait for the swelling to go down, so there's not much more we will know about it until then. Maybe later today.

"Hopefully he dodged a bullet. All we can do for now is keep him in our prayers. He's staying positive about it, which is the kind of person he is."

Staal was told about the injury Tuesday night following the Canes' 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. He later watched a replay -- Philadelphia's Kimmo Timonen took a slap shot from the point that deflected off the stick of the Flyers' Jacob Voracek and into Staal's eye -- said he immediately could tell Marc had been badly hurt.

"Marc said the pain he felt was pretty severe. I know I was sick to my stomach and felt like I would throw up seeing him down and kicking his legs like that," Eric said.

Eric and Jordan Staal of the Canes, like their brother, do not wear helmet visors. But Eric said he may have to reconsider that choice.

"I think about it before every season," he said. "I hear it from my wife and my mom, but I'm so used to not wearing one.

"But when someone close to you, or anyone really, has an injury like this, it does make you think about it."

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A Raleigh native, Chip has worked at the N&O since 1979 and is the Canes beat writer. He can be reached at You can follow him on Twitter at @ice_chip.