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by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
     
  Gregory Campbell was back at practice Tuesday at incredibleIce after taking that wicked slapshot to the face Saturday night in Washington. Wearing a clear mask and playing with a broken nose and a stitched lip, Campbell played alongside Dominic Moore (wearing a cage due to nasal surgery) and Radek Dvorak.

 
“Devo said he’s willing to put one (cage) on so all three of us have one,” Campbell said with a smile.
 
Campbell said while the clear mask “isn’t the most comfortable thing,” he admits he might consider playing with a shield in the future. Campbell suffered a broken nose and split lip Saturday and also had some teeth pushed back on the left side of his face. He already has some plates on that side after having a puck deflect up into his face while playing several years ago in San Antonio.
 
Campbell, who had 32 points last season (13 goals), has struggled this year with only one assist, but he isn’t feeling sorry for himself. “When things aren’t going your way personally, you have to focus on being a good team player,” he said.
 
Coach Peter DeBoer said he isn’t worried about Campbell’s numbers. “He hasn’t had the start he wanted but to his credit, the last five, six games, he’s starting to do what he did last year….He’s blocking shots, finishing hits, getting to the net…he’ll eventually get rewarded.”
 
When asked if getting hit Saturday was more salt to the wound, Campbell replied; “Not at all. It could have been worse. That’s how I look at it.”
 
LOTS OF GAMES, LOTS OF BODIES
 
With 24 games beginning Thursday in Boston in the next 42 days, the Panthers spent what was their last practice day Tuesday on the ice for approximately 90 minutes. “Our schedule for the next four, five weeks is four games a week,” DeBoer said. “We have very little practice time during that stretch, so this is the last couple days going into those five weeks of games to get some stuff done. The guys know the stretch of games ahead of us and the challenge ahead of us.”
 
 
Ville Koistinen, who has been used at the forward position, has been back on defense the past two days and that’s where DeBoer would like to see him stay. “I think we tried the forward thing as an experiment in order to fill a hole and a need,” DeBoer said. “But it’s not fair to him. He’s not comfortable there and I’m not comfortable using him as a forward. He’s a defenseman.”
 
DeBoer said he’d like to carry seven defensemen on the team. Koistinen said he’s obviously more comfortable playing the blue line, but he’ll play anywhere. “As long as I stay in the lineup,” he said.

Good news is that David Booth is beginning to do some light work, according to DeBoer. But he’s still weeks away.
 
 QUOTE OF THE DAY
 
“I got traded to St. Louis and my first full year I scored 41 goals. At the end of the year I had my meeting with (Blues coach) Brian Sutter and I was expecting to get the big pat on the back and a ‘Way to go, kid. Really great.’ But he ripped me from stem to stern, telling me ‘You have no idea how good you are, how good you can be. Your potential is to the moon and I’m going to make you realize that.” Brett Hull at Hall of Fame induction.
 
PASSING THOUGHTS

The hope for Steve MacIntyre, who the Panthers claimed off waivers Tuesday from Edmonton, is he clears waivers Wednesday and heads to Rochester in the American Hockey League (AHL) to get some games and minutes, according to GM Randy Sexton. Since being claimed by the Oilers on waivers from the Panthers in September of 2008, MacIntyre has played in only 26 games.
 
The Panthers claim of MacIntyre off waivers Tuesday from the Oilers was well received by Bryan Allen. “I think it’s great,” he said. “It will give us a whole new dimension.” The 6-5, 250-pound Mac, who the Panthers signed as a free agent in 2008, had 213 penalty minutes in 2007-08 for Providence in the AHL.
 
The Panthers fly Wednesday to meet a Bruins team that’s struggled without Marc Savard and Milan Lucic in the lineup. They were shutout two consecutive games from Nov. 1-3 and have scored only eight goals in their last seven games. They play host Tuesday to the Penguins.
 
Johnny ‘Pie’ McKenzie
 
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