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“We still believe we’re a very good hockey team,” Laich said. “There is no sense and no reason to panic. I’m sure things haven’t gone the way we wanted the last four games, and if you panic you only make life worse for yourself.”

Note - Defensemen Tom Poti and John Erskine and forward Boyd Gordon missed practice Tuesday. Erskine (upper body) skated on his own before the team session. Boudreau said Poti (nearly 30 minutes played Monday) and Gordon (back) were given the day off. Poti is also dealing with an illness.