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by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
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CORAL SPRINGS - After a day off, the Panthers returned to practice Sunday at Incredible Ice to prepare for a three-game road trip that begins Tuesday in Tampa and moves on Thursday to New Jersey and Friday in Boston.

Stephen Weiss, who scored his second goal of the season in Friday’s 3-2 loss to the Red Wings, did not practice with the team along with Kamil Kreps (concussion). Gregory Campbell was limited with a sore hand.

Weiss, who missed four games earlier this season, has been dealing with groin and hip problems since training camp, according to Panthers’ coach Peter DeBoer.

“It’s ongoing,” he said. “Anytime the schedule gets busy and we’re playing three, four games in a five night period he seems to really deteriorate.”

DeBoer was asked if he’s worried about a lack of goal production from some of his players, including defenseman Jay Bouwmeester and rookie Michael Frolik.

“I believe they’re going to come,” DeBoer said. “I really do. There’s no way they’re going to hold all those guys off the board all year. I believe those things turn. Hopefully, sooner than later.

“The nice thing is they’re getting chances. The guys I’m worried about are the guys that aren’t even getting opportunities to score. If you’re getting opportunities and they’re just not going in for you, you know if you bear down a little bit, simplify things a little, they’re going to go in.”

After going winless in six games, the Panthers have won two of their last three games. The difference. “The desperation level, the battle level,” DeBoer said. “We’ve simplified our game. The defense has stepped up. We haven’t given up any out-numbered attacks. If those guys can keep us in the game and keep the other team to under 30 shots or around 30 shots, and if we stay out of the penalty box…. then we have to get some goals from our forwards.”
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