This is becoming something of a family tradition for the Staals.

And not an entirely pleasant one.

Jordan Staal , a Penguins center, made his 2010-11 debut in the Winter Classic Jan. 1, 2011, at Heinz Field after missing 39 games because of a foot infection and broken hand.

A year and a day later, his brother, Marc , a New York Rangers defenseman, made his first appearance of 2011-12 in the Winter Classic Monday at Philadelphia, returning from a concussion.

Their older brother, Eric , a center with Carolina, surely cannot like the trend that seems to be developing.

At least for the moment, though, the family's focus is on Marc's return to work.

"Obviously, I'm very excited to see him back," Jordan Staal said. "It's definitely a relief, obviously, for himself and for our family."