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After 10-game absence, Michalek set to rejoin Sens lineup

Mar 5, 2013, 2:27 PM EDT

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The Ottawa Senators will get a big boost for Wednesday’s Battle of Ontario as Milan Michalek returns to the lineup to face the Maple Leafs.

According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, Michalek will draw back in — for the first time in 10 games — despite not being fully recovered from his knee injury.

Garroich notes that the 28-year-old sniper may require offseason surgery to clean out the knee, which was tweaked during warmup prior to Ottawa’s game against Pittsburgh on Feb. 14.

Michalek had 2G-6A-8PTS in 13 games this year prior to getting hurt and led the Sens in goals last year, with 35.

Ottawa has done well in his absence, posting a 5-3-2 record, but putting pucks in the net has proven difficult.

The Sens haven’t scored more than three in regulation in the 10 games without Michalek and potted just 16 goals total over that stretch.

  1. jpelle82 - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    seems like its been longer than 10 games, sens need him

  2. valoisvipers - Mar 5, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    It is really amazing that over the last ten games they are 5-3-2 despite averaging 1.6 goals per game and then add in that Michalek was out, Anderson missed some games, Speeza out long term and Karlson out for the year. Yet here they are only 4 points back of the first place Habs. My hat is off to all those unknown kids playing their hearts out there in Ottawa.Well done boys, forget the self pity crap and work your tails off motto has served you well.

    • 19to77 - Mar 5, 2013 at 7:56 PM

      Paul Maclean was a strong candidate for the Jack Adams last year. If he gets the Sens into the postseason, this year he’ll win. The Sens aren’t going away quietly, that’s for sure.

  3. slade246 - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:58 PM

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  4. slade246 - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    I know right

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