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Jason Garrison is back for Florida

Florida Panthers v Colorado Avalanche

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 18: Jason Garrison #52 of the Florida Panthers controls the puck against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on January 18, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Florida Panthers 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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The big man with a big shot on the blue line for Florida is back.

Defenseman Jason Garrison will be making his return to the Panthers lineup after going out two weeks ago with a lower-body injury, so says Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel.

Garrison’s absence along with injuries to Ed Jovanovski and Dmitry Kulikov helped turn the Florida blue line into a M.A.S.H. unit. Garrison’s play this season has been a big surprise as his slap shot has turned into a major offensive weapon. With Garrison back, the Florida power play can get back to bombing away from point.

With the Winnipeg Jets and Washington Capitals all still swirling around in the hunt for the Southeast Division crown, getting Garrison back gives the Panthers the help they need to try and regain the division lead.