For the first time this season, Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes will be on the ice tonight with brother Marc Staal of the New York Rangers.

The game should be intense. Eric Staal and the Canes are playing their best hockey of the season. Marc Staal and the Rangers sit atop the NHL's Eastern Conference and look the part of Stanley Cup contenders.

But the game at the RBC Center also could be a finishing point of sorts for the brothers Staal.