After the game, coach Alain Vigneault said that Staal took a hit to the chin and "didn't feel quite right" after the play. Vigneault did not confirm whether or not Staal had sustained a concussion but said that he will be further evaluated Saturday night.
Staal was sidelined for 36 games with a concussion in the 2011-12 season. The 26-year-old also missed almost half the season with a harrowing eye injury last year, appearing in only 21 regular-season games.
A visibly upset Staal left the ice after a hit from New Jersey's Reid Boucher during the third period. Staal threw his helmet down as he stalked off to the trainer's room down the tunnel.
It is not clear whether he will be available when the Rangers host the Capitals at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night.