CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. --
Forward Marco Sturm
returned to practice Thursday after missing the Florida Panthers
' first two workouts of the week.
Coach Kevin Dineen
said Sturm is questionable for Friday's series opener against New Jersey (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, TSN) because of lower-body soreness.
Sturm skated Thursday on a line with Mike Santorelli
and Jerred Smithson
, who were regular scratches for the Panthers in the last few games of the regular season.
Krys Barch again skated in Sturm's usual spot, alongside John Madden
and Tomas Kopecky
Defenseman Jason Garrison
left practice early Thursday after being hit in the face by a deflected puck. Garrison, who was cut, did not return.
Dineen said Garrison would get some stitches on his nose, but would be fine.
Veteran forward Matt Bradley
, who has been out with a concussion since Feb. 19, skated on his own for a third consecutive day.
"It is very encouraging," Dineen said. "Big, strong right winger is a real nice quality for us as a team to have without [injured] Jack Skille
for the rest of the season. Again, that's a medical situation that needs to play out. We certainly have not had any kind of indication that there's any close return."
Asked whether he could rule out Bradley playing at any point during the New Jersey series, Dineen replied: "I don't know the answer to that, but I'm not counting on it."