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Pisani returns to practice

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:46 AM ET

Fernando Pisani needs some luck.

That goes without saying when a player has missed big chunks of three straight seasons with colitis, a broken leg and now a bad back.

But it's especially true when he's returning from 10 games on the sidelines and jumping into a dressing room that's being ravaged by the flu.

The guy needs a break, not another ailment.

"I think I'm due right about now," said the veteran winger. "It's a tough two or three years. I obviously want to put this injury behind me and move forward."

It shouldn't be long. Pisani took the morning skate yesterday and says he's a practice or two away from a green light.

"It felt good, first time skating with the guys. It was good to get that pace down and feel for where I'm at.

"I've been skating for the last week and a bit, but when you're skating by yourself it's totally different than skating with the team.

"I'd like to get a few good practices in and practice with a line, get your timing and the pace down."

It's not easy returning to the season in mid-stream, but it's not like he hasn't been through this before.

"I've been through it so many times now I don't know if that's a good thing, but you know what you can do," he said. "I've come back from worse."

Head coach Pat Quinn says he can't get him in fast enough, given the way some of the guys are going right now.

"We've got three or four guys who are in by default sometimes," he said. "If we get a healthy guy who's ready to play and will make a difference, he'll come in and somebody has to come out."

ROBERT.TYCHKOWSKI@SUNMEDIA.CA


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