Michalek will be in lineup

The Sens will have Milan Michalek in the lineup against the Panthers on Thursday. (QMI Agency/Tony...

The Sens will have Milan Michalek in the lineup against the Panthers on Thursday. (QMI Agency/Tony Caldwell)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:52 AM ET

Milan Michalek wasn't on the ice Thursday at Scotiabank Place.

But he will be in the Senators lineup.

The forward was giving his surgically repaired knee a rest before facing the Florida Panthers as Ottawa tries to string together two straight victories for the first time this season.

Michalek, who had off-season surgery to repair the knee, didnt practise Wednesday and is going to save his energy for the game. The Senators dont want him bothered anymore by whats already an issue.

Were just making sure that hes able to play (Thursday). We dont want to be in a situation where we aggravate it in the morning skate, said Senators coach Cory Clouston. Its a process, Ive said this many times, with (Michalek) and Alex (Kovalev).

They had major knee surgery and we just want to make sure we take all the precautions so theyre able to play the game. Alexs knee is not bothering him. Hes getting no inflamation. We just want to make sure that Milan is fine.

The Senators are coming off a 5-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes Tuesday.

Goaltender Brian Elliott will make his sixth straight start. He has a 2-2-0 lifetime record against Florida with 3.27 GAA.

He has been sharp lately.

Hes confident in the net. If there happens to be a so-called' bad goal get by him, the next one doesnt, said Clouston. Hes been there when weve need him the most and hes been really solid for us.


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