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Sens’ Zibanejad (upper body) won’t return Thursday

Dec 19, 2013, 9:17 PM EDT

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Ottawa Senators forward Mika Zibanejad suffered an upper-body injury and won’t return to Thursday’s game against the Florida Panthers.

The 20-year-old was hurt by a Erik Gudrbanson hit, according to Panthers Parkway’s David Lasseter.

The sixth pick of the 2011 NHL Draft is coming along nicely, as he has a great chance of topping the 20 points he scored in 42 games last season, as he already has 15 in 28.

It would be a tough loss for an up-and-down Ottawa team. At least the Senators still have Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza, however, who combined for this goal tonight:

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