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Seidenberg's on the Other Side

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
SUNRISE, Florida -- Newly minted Boston Bruins Gregory Campbell, Nathan Horton and Dennis Seidenberg return to the home of their former team, the Florida Panthers, on Wednesday night.

Seidenberg's stay was the shortest. In just 62 games last season, before the defenseman was traded to Boston in a deal that included Byron Bitz, Seidenberg had a 2-21-23 line.

The Schwenningen, Germany native has now played 393 NHL games with 18 goals, 105 assists, for 123 points with stops in Philadelphia, Phoenix, Carolina and, now, Boston.

Asked if the trip to Florida marked a kind of homecoming for him, Seidenberg politely demurred.

"Not so much," he said. "I mean it's nice to come back here and enjoy the sun...for a little bit.

"But compared to Soupy [Campbell] and Horty [Horton] -- they've been here for six, seven years -- and I've only been here six months.

"So it's not really too big of a deal, but I am looking forward to the game, anyways," he said.

As the B's prepare to take on the Panthers, they are trying to shake off the specter of one of there most disappointing losses of the season. The 3-1 setback to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday left the B's angry, but a high-tempo, physical practice on Tuesday seemed to have put the Bruins back on track.

"Yeah, it was fun," said Seidenberg, who now has 36 games with the Bruins and a 2-14-16 line. "I think everybody everybody got their legs moving, got a sweat in, so I think everyone feels good about themselves -- at least today -- and is looking ahead to [Wednesday].

"So I think we need to forget about the game [in Tampa] and just look ahead."

The Panthers come into the day 9-10-0 and lost to Pittsburgh in the BankAtlantic Center on Monday night, 3-2. Florida is 5-5-0 in their last 10 games and stands fifth in the Southeast Division standings.

Meanwhile, the Bruins are second in the Northeast Division (just three points behind Montreal, with the B's holding two games in hand) with a 11-6-2 overall record and a 4-4-2 docket in their last ten.

THe Bruins, who have lost their last two games, hope that Tuesday's tough practice has snapped them out of their pre-Holiday doldrums.

"I think everybody enjoys battling each other and once in a while; throw a hit in there. Guys love that," said Seidenberg, who is 1-6-7 in 22 games versus the Panthers. "I mean, sometimes if you are in a bad mood, you take it the wrong way, maybe, but it was definitely fun and everybody enjoyed a hard workout."
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