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Allen, Olesz Return To Practice

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
By Dave Joseph for

The Panthers prepared for Monday’s game at BankAtlantic Center against Carolina by seeing some familiar faces on the ice Sunday at their practice facility.
Defenseman Bryan Allen, who hadn’t skated since suffering a concussion Nov. 5 against Tampa, skated on his own at Incredible Ice while left winger Rostislav Olesz, recovering from hand surgery, also did some skating.
Allen, who had never previously suffered a concussion, said he felt “like I was in a haze, or a fog,” the first few days after suffering the injury.
But Allen said he felt fine moments after he skated Sunday and would take things a step at a time. “We’ll see how the body reacts and how my brain takes it,” he said.
GM and coach Jacques Martin said the earliest Allen would play is Thursday when the Panthers play host to the Capitals.
Like Olesz, who is several weeks away from returning, Brett McLean is out for several weeks after fracturing a bone in his right hand when a slapshot off the stick of Ilya Kovalchuk hit him in Friday’s loss.
McLean will see a hand specialist Monday to determine his next course of action.
With McLean out of the lineup, Martin said he would call up a player from the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester, N.Y., late Sunday.
The Panthers enter another pivotal week with two games each this week against Southeast Division foes Carolina and Washington and another against Atlanta.

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