Eric Staal's house in North Raleigh has been overflowing with Staal men this week.

Eric's father, Henry, has been in town visiting all week. Then came the brothers.

Marc Staal, a defenseman with the New York Rangers, was at the house Wednesday night and again Thursday. Jordan Staal, a center with the Pittsburgh Penguins, dropped by Friday for dinner.

The Staals are a tight-knit family and the brothers are especially close. Eric, the captain of the Carolina Hurricanes, says nothing comes between them, even a hockey play last season that had a seismic effect within the NHL considering the two players involved.

Marc suffered a concussion in the Feb. 22 game at the RBC Center after taking a big hit along the boards from Eric. Marc has not played this season because of post-concussion symptoms, but has begun some light skating and believes he will play again at some point this season. "He's way better than he has been," Eric said Friday. "It's nice to see him making progress. There's still a ways to go but he's definitely on the right path and it's good to see."