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Flu bug bites Horcoff

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The latest flu report has Lubomir Visnovsky and Mike Comrie inching closer to a return and Shawn Horcoff checking into sick bay.

Horcoff came down with flu symptoms before Saturday's game in Boston and was sent home from practice yesterday.

"We'll see how he feels today," said head coach Pat Quinn, who's had at least 10 players and most of the training staff hit with a lingering bug that has sapped his team's energy level.

"We've played good half games and then seemed to die. You don't like to make excuses, but maybe there's something in there."

Some of them have H1N1 and others just a particularly nasty strain of the regular flu.

"The doctor said, 'Lubo, you probably have H1N1' -- but they never tested me," said Visnovsky, who became ill a few days after defence partner Ladislav Smid was diagnosed with swine flu.

"For the first three or four days I felt very bad. My body was very tired, I had headache and I couldn't focus on anything. No power. Had the aches. You feel sick. I don't know what I had, whether it was H1N1 or regular flu, I felt really bad."

He left halfway through the Oct. 27 game with Colorado and sat out the next two. With a fiancee and a 10-month old baby to think about, Visnovsky was wearing a surgical mask at home.

Comrie, whose bout with the flu has been complicated by asthma, is having trouble getting any oxygen in his lungs. He missed two games, realized he had come back too early and sat out two more.

"With this type of flu it's been a struggle to catch my breath," he said.

"You want to get out there and play but at the same time if you're not going to help the team there's no point in going out there.

"There's a lot of guys in here who aren't feeling well, they're just being extra careful because of my asthma."

Though neither player is 100%, both are hoping to play tonight.


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