Mar 19, 2013, 12:50 PM EST
“We felt if we did this now, it would give him a chance to be back,” Sens head coach Paul MacLean said. “There was some internal discussions for sure. And the best case was this.”
Michalek last played on March 8. The 28-year-old has two goals and eight assists in 15 games this season. He led Ottawa with 35 goals in 2011-12.
Despite injuries to Michalek, forward Jason Spezza, goalie Craig Anderson, and defenseman Erik Karlsson — arguably the four most important players on the team — Ottawa (15-8-6) is still very much in the playoff picture.
The Sens play the Islanders tonight in New York.
- Leafs captain Phaneuf suspended two games for boarding 0
- Rangers confirm Staal suffered concussion 2
- Winnipeg to get outdoor game; Phoenix wants one 6
- Neal suspended five games for kneeing Marchand in the head 156
- Report: Dion Phaneuf will face hearing for hit on Kevan Miller 101
- Bruins coach admits Thornton crossed the line, slams Pens for not being ‘truthful’ 128
- Lecavalier out 3-4 weeks with non-displaced fracture in back 8
- Islanders players hold closed-door meeting after ninth straight loss 15
- Penguins’ Neal has phone hearing for knee on Bruins’ Marchand 90
- Shawn Thornton confirms hearing with NHL Department of Player Safety (Updated) 88
- Video: Penguins’ Orpik stretchered off ice; Bruins’ Thornton given match penalty (182)
- Neal suspended five games for kneeing Marchand in the head (156)
- Bruins coach admits Thornton crossed the line, slams Pens for not being ‘truthful’ (128)
- Pens put Orpik on IR (128)
- Orpik suffers from concussion, including memory loss (104)