Marc Staal, who has been out of the Rangers lineup since March 5 after taking a slap shot to his face, skated Tuesday prior to the team's practice and addressed the media for the first time since the scary incident.

“I was cleared [Monday] to start skating and work out and start training again,” Staal said. “It’s my second day on the ice. Same stuff, but I feel good.”

Staal did not need surgery but said his orbital bones have healed and his vision is getting better, although it is not 100 percent.

“The fractures are good. They take 3-4 weeks [to heal]. Vision is not 100 percent yet. But every week, it’s gotten better. Hopefully it keeps on healing and getting better,” he said.

Staal began doing light workouts last week, but Monday was the first time he was on the ice, albeit skating without his teammates. Tuesday he was on the ice with Roman Hamrlik before leaving when the rest of the team skated. He will be wearing a visor on his helmet whenever he makes his return.

“It’s one of the first things that went through my mind when I hit the ice was, ‘I should have been wearing a visor’,’ Staal said. “Hindsight is 20/20 but I am going to wear one now obviously and protect both of my eyes.

“It’s a little different. It’s going to take some getting used to.”

Both of his brothers, Eric and Jordan of the Hurricanes started wearing visors after the incident.