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Weaver Finally Returns

Monday, 04.15.2013 / 2:45 PM ET
By Glenn Odebralski - FloridaPanthers.com / Panthers Insider
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Weaver Finally Returns

Defenseman Mike Weaver has been a model of consistency over the last several years in playing almost every game on the schedule, so when he went down with a lower body injury in Buffalo on Super Bowl Sunday, he didn't think it would take that long to get back. Instead he was sidelined for a month and a half, missing 20 games over that span.

"It was really tough. I don't miss a lot of games," said Weaver after returning to play against Pittsburgh on April 13.

"I remember in Los Angeles I think I was out with a hip flexor for a week or week and a half at most, before that it was back in college days. It was tough."

Returning after such a long time off, Weaver said that the hardest part was getting back into the game mentally.

"Obviously once you get back in shape and everything like that, it's more of a mental game," said Weaver. "You believing that everything is fine. Not letting your mind get in the way of doubting yourself. Sometimes you might get on the ice, go into a battle."

For not playing since Feb. 28, Weaver thought it was a decent first game back.

"Obviously you can't really prepare for in-game battles. I thought I did a lot of work with conditioning and being in the best-case scenario to get back into things," said Weaver who finished with 26 shifts and 22:23 of ice time. "The first couple of shifts I was just kind of getting my legs going. After the first period it usually you just start relaxing, kind of getting into the rhythm of the game. Overall I thought I had a half decent game."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
5 PIT 77 42 24 11 211 194 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
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10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 PHI 77 31 29 17 202 220 79
12 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 78 29 43 6 204 249 64
16 BUF 77 22 47 8 152 258 52

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 74 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 76 8 33 -4 41
B. Boyes 74 13 23 10 36
A. Ekblad 76 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 67 18 14 -6 32
A. Barkov 66 14 17 -3 31
B. Campbell 77 3 23 2 26
B. Pirri 44 21 2 6 23
D. Bolland 48 5 16 1 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 18 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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