Michalek close to return

Injured Sens forward Milan Michalek could be in Tuesday's lineup against the Panthers. (QMI Agency...

Injured Sens forward Milan Michalek could be in Tuesday's lineup against the Panthers. (QMI Agency file)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:37 PM ET

SUNRISE, FLA. - The Senators could be ready to welcome back winger Milan Michalek.

The winger, who suffered a knee injury March 18 against Atlanta, was on the ice at the BankAtlantic Center with the Senators and could return against the Florida Panthers.

A decision won't be made until after Tuesday's morning skate.

"I feel good," said Michalek.

The Senators want to see how Michalek's knee reacts before making a final decision.

Coming off a 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders Saturday, the Senators want a better effort against the Panthers.

It's possible goalie Pascal Leclaire will make the start. He was the first one off the ice this morning and coach Cory Clouston said before leaving Ottawa Leclaire would get one start on this trip.

"We want to finish strong," said Clouston. "We want to play well."


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