Mika Zibanejad isn’t expected to miss tonight’s contests between the Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins, Don Brennan of The Ottawa Sun reports. This comes after the young center was forced to miss Ottawa’s last contest against the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday with what the team simply called an “upper body injury.”
The 20-year-old spoke to the Sun about how he was feeling and noted that while he was feeling fine, his availability was up to the coaching staff:
I feel I can play (Monday), I feel good. Everything feels good, so it’s just a matter if the coach wants me to play or not.
Brennan notes that head coach Paul MacLean will likely use Zibanejad on a line with Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek. The youngster is having a fine rookie season for Ottawa, and has scored eight goals and added seven assists trough 29 games played. Zibanejad hasn’t scored since December 1 against the Detroit Red Wings, but does have two assists in his last three contests.
The Senators have lost four of their last five and will be looking for a stronger defensive effort against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins. Pittsburgh is rolling currently, and hasn’t taken a loss since December 7. That’s seven consecutive victories for the squad.
The matchup between the Sens and Pens will begin at 7:30 pm ET and will be played in Ottawa.