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After 15-game absence, Sens’ Michalek ‘has green light’ to play tonight

Apr 12, 2013, 2:29 PM EDT

Milan Michalek AP

Yesterday, Ottawa snapped its longest losing streak of the season.

Today, another positive development.

The club announced that forward Milan Michalek has been given the green light to play, and is primed to suit up tonight against New Jersey — which would be his first game since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Mar. 19.

Michalek actually hasn’t played in a game since Mar. 8 — a 3-2 win over the Rangers — and has been limited to just 15 games all told this season because of his wonky knee.

Despite that, he’s still managed to put up good numbers, recording 2G-8A-10PTS in those 15 games.

The 28-year-old winger was Ottawa’s leading scorer last season, posting a career-best 35 tallies while averaging a career-best 19:33 time on ice per game.

And his return to the lineup couldn’t come at a better time.

The Sens snapped a five-game losing streak on Thursday with a 3-1 win over Philly, but are still struggling to score goals.

Ottawa sits 23rd in the NHL in goals per game (2.38) and has just 10 goals in its last six contests.

  1. trbowman - Apr 12, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Being a Sabres fan I’m not supposed to like the Sens, but this team is hard to dislike. Ton of injuries and they never felt sorry for themselves, they just kept going and going. Spezza, Karlsson, Michalek, Anderson for most of the year. Phew

    Plus people forget Jared Cowen, an important piece who got hurt before the season began and never even played.

    • elvispocomo - Apr 12, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      Exactly, very tough year for them yet they’re still in it. A bit to go yet too but they may make it.

      To have Boston fans lamenting their luck and ranting after losing out on Iginla (yet getting Jagr), being blocked on Soderberg coming over by the SEL (yet having NYI take Thomas’ cap hit off their hands) and losing Bergeron and Marchand to concussion recently (yet still having one of the lowest man games lost totals in the NHL) is absurd when you look at what’s happened to Ottawa and other teams this year.

  2. sens101 - Apr 12, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Yeah we are proud of our team this year for the resilliency they have shown. While it would be dissapointing if we dont make the playoffs, I definitely can’t complain about how the team has performed so far this season. The rookie line of Conacher-Zibanejad-Silvferberg has been awesome the last few games!

    Huge four point game tonight though. Hopefully, Michalek can give them a much needed boost!

    Go Sens Go!

  3. President Charles Logan - Apr 12, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    **yawns*.. always be a failure of an organization with no cups and epic playoff failures

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