|Senators' Erik Karlsson (65) and Milan Michalek collide during second-period play on Tuesday in Buffalo. Michalek left the game and did not return. (US Presswire)
OTTAWA - Milan Michalek’s season has come to a halt -- at least temporarily.
The Senators winger is listed as day-to-day after he suffered a concussion in a collision with teammate Erik Karlsson during the second period of the club’s 3-2 OT victory over the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday night at the First Niagara Center.
Michalek is the NHL’s leading goal scorer with 19 goals. Though the Senators don’t expect him to be out long you never know with a concussion.
“Right now we have to follow the concussion protocal so right now it’s day-to-day,” said coach Paul MacLean Wednesday morning as the Senators prepared to host the Boston Bruins at Scotiabank Place. “It’s based on as long as he’s sympton-free. He felt way better (Wednesday) so we’ll see how it goes.”
Winger Bobby Butler will go in for Michalek. MacLean said he won’t be out long.
“It’s disappointing for him for sure,” said MacLean. “Depending how long it is, but I don’t believe at this point it’s going to ruin his year, not like the major injuries he’s had in the past that have put him out for months and months.
“At this point in time, we suspect it will be day-to-day. It’s disappointing but it’s not devastating.”
Captain Daniel Alfredsson will likely slide up to play with centre Jason Spezza. Goalie Craig Anderson, decked out in his new Heritage mask, will make the start.