Michalek returns to Senators

Milan Michalek will return to the Senators lineup for Thursday's game against the Blues. (QMI...

Milan Michalek will return to the Senators lineup for Thursday's game against the Blues. (QMI Agency file)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:47 PM ET

Milan Michalek is ready to return.

The Senators winger, who has missed seven games with a concussion he suffered on Jan. 7th after getting hit by defenceman Mike Green in Washington, is going to come back against the St. Louis Blues Thursday which means winger Shean Donovan could be a healthy scratch.

Michalek was on the ice Wednesday with Jason Spezza (knee), Jesse Winchester (knee), Mike Brodeur (flu) and healthy scratch Alex Picard.

"I feel pretty good. It was good (Tuesday) and (Wednesday) when I've skated and I've felt pretty good," said Michalek.

The Senators could send centre Zack Smith back to their AHL affiliate in Binghamton, but he has played strongly with two goals in three games and it’s doubtful they’ll make that move.

Senators owner Eugene Melnyk was in town today because the club had its team picture before Clouston cancelled practice. Melnyk said he expects this club “go deep in the playoffs.”

Melnyk is buoyed by the fact the club is on a four-game winning streak, has moved to No. 5 in the East and has looked better lately.

“I promised the city of Ottawa we’d go deep in the playoffs so I can’t recant on that one,” said Melnyk.


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