Marc Staal will play his third game after missing 36 here tonight, and his brother Jordan will be wearing No. 11 for the Pens.
"It was great news," Jordan said after practice at the Consol Energy Center. "I think over Christmas he knew he was feeling pretty good, very close to playing. I don't think he was expecting to play in the Winter Classic at the time. But he felt it was the game to come back on, and said he felt great after the game. So I'm very happy for him. It's just good to see him on the ice again."
Jordan expects his older brother, who has played 12 minutes a game in the two previous matches, to have an adjustment period. "For one, it's a concussion and difficult to come back from. For another, when you miss that long, whether it's timing or finding his game, there will be games that will be tough for him, but he's a good player, he should make the adjustment."
Jordan said Marc "talked to me the night before the game (the Classic); we just talked about kinda what I went through---it was a totally different situation, I had a broken hand---but about what he felt. The doctors told him he was ready, and the trainers were happy. He was just kinda getting a reassurance from me and from people that he would be able to play."
Jordan, who shook hands with former Pen Mike Rupp during the morning skate when No. 17 came out for a peek, said : "He's an awesome guy. We lost a good man. He had a great game as well in the Winter Classic. Hopefully he won't do that tonight."