Pre-empting the crowd of reporters surrounding his dressing room stall, Marc Staal assured them he had no new information on his injured right eye. And although Staal did not definitively rule himself out, he said he will "probably" not play in Game 1 of the team's first-round series against the Capitals in D.C. on Thursday. "I'm not going to ... I'm probably not going to play tomorrow," said Staal, who has been sidelined since being struck in the eye with a puck March 5. Staal continues to practice with the team in hopes of returning soon. The 26-year-old defenseman missed almost half of last season with a concussion. "There are good and bad days," he said. "So, [I] keep taking it day by day and hope it keeps getting better." Ryane Clowe, whose undisclosed injury is believed to be a concussion, and Brian Boyle (lower-body) did not practice with the team Wednesday Derek Dorsett (shoulder) practiced in a yellow non-contact jersey.
Marc Staal unlikely for Game 1 vs. Caps
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