OTTOttawa Senators
2015 Record: 9-6-4
#9 Milan Michalek
Oct 26: Michalek assisted on the Sens' two power-play goals in Saturday's overtime loss to the Devils. Michalek had been held without a point in the Senators' first five games, but finally was able to break through during his 3:52 on the man advantage Saturday. While he'll continue to contribute on the Sens' second power-play unit, Michalek's role at even strength remains in flux, as he's bounced between the second line and the bottom six this season. The inconsistent quality of linemates could make it difficult for Michalek to replicate the 39 points he tallied in 2013-14 for the Sens.

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Sep 30: Michalek (hip flexor) returned to practice Monday, Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen reports. Michalek was off the ice over the weekend after sustaining the hip injury in an earlier practice, but he appears in the clear for the remainder of the Senators' exhibition schedule. The Senators expect to deploy Michalek on their second line this season.

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Sep 25: Michalek was held out of Thursday's practice due to a "nagging injury," Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen reports. Coach Don MacLean didn't seem concerned about Michalek potentially missing several days as a result of the injury, so consider his absence from practice as precautionary more than anything. With the Senators not playing their next exhibition game until Tuesday, Michalek should have enough time to recuperate.

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Jul 1: Michalek agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract with the Senators on Tuesday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports. Michalek tallied a modest 39 points last season, but he did play in all 82 games for the first time in his career, and he showed enough to convince the Senators to bring him back for another three seasons. Michalek will likely slot into the left wing spot on the Senators' second line next season.

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Apr 23: Michalek finished the season with 17 goals and 22 assists in 82 games. The good news is that Michalek stayed healthy through the entire season after battling a knee injury for most of 2013, but he didn't perform quite as well as the team had hoped. His 39 points were nowhere near his 2011-12 season total of 60, and his lack of production could factor into what happens to him this summer when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

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Apr 2: Michalek netted his team's lone goal in Wednesday's loss to the Islanders. Michalek picked up his fourth point in as many contests, but it wasn't enough to propel his team to victory. He now has 17 goals and 21 assists through 76 games on the season.

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Mar 30: Michalek scored two goals on six shots Sunday against the Flames. That's 16 goals and 37 points on the year for Michalek, but his minus-24 rating is problematic, to say the least.

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Mar 29: Michalek scored his first goal in four games with a tally in Friday's 5-3 win over Chicago, giving him four points the last five games. A closer look at his numbers will show he has two points in the last four, numbers more in like with the 35 points he has through 73 games this season. Michalek will see plenty of top-six minutes for the Sens as the season winds down, but he's hardly been a consistent performer this year.

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Mar 21: Michalek gathered a goal and an assist in Thursday's loss to the Lightning. With eight points in nine March games, Michalek is enjoying his most productive month of the season, even as the Senators have dropped seven of the nine contests. In spite of his scoring, the team's losing ways have saddled him with a minus-1 rating for the month.

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Mar 8: Michalek delivered a goal and two assists in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Jets. The winger has scored in three of his five games since the Olympic break, with Saturday's performance going down as his biggest outburst during that stretch. He's seemed to adjust well to the addition of the newly-acquired Ales Hemsky to his line thus far, as either he, Hemsky or linemate Jason Spezza had a hand in four of the five goals the Senators scored Saturday.

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Feb 6: Michalek scored his ninth and 10th goal of the season in Thursday's win over Buffalo. He netted the game-winner with 23 seconds left in regulation. After finding twine Tuesday against the Blues, Michalek has now scored in back-to-back games for the first time this season. He is up to 25 points in 58 games on the year. He has shown some decent chemistry with Jason Spezza recently, with Spezza assisting on all of Michalek's last three goals. Michalek is looking good of late, also firing 10 shots on goal in his last two games, but his minus-20 rating isn't very appealing for his fantasy owners.

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Feb 3: Michalek is expected to skate on the second line Monday against the Penguins. Michalek has seven goals and 15 assists through 55 games thus far, and is currently sporting a glaring minus-23 rating. The winger's previous career low was minus-12, so he'll need to really turn things around to avoid arguably his worst NHL season to date.

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Jan 2: Michalek was a plus-2 with a goal and a team-high five shots on net in Thursday's 4-3 win over Winnipeg. With two points, eight shots on goal and a plus-3 in his last pair of games, you've got to be feeling a little more confident about Michalek. While we would hardly suggest a return to his 35-goal (2011-12) campaign is coming, his career numbers in January suggest an uptick in both plus/minus and points columns this month.

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Dec 18: Michalek scored a goal in Wednesday's loss to the Devils. Michalek's goal was his first point in four games, but on the bright side, it came on the power play. He was reunited with captain Jason Spezza on the team's top line Wednesday, so his fantasy value may be on the rise, as long as Paul MacLean leaves them together.

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Dec 3: Michalek is expected to play on the third line Tuesday against the Panthers. The Sens will try out Michalek in a checking role alongside Zack Smith and Chris Neil, as winger Mike Hoffman will take his spot in the top-6. Michalek is off to a slow start, with just four goals and 10 assists through 27 games, and his move to the third line likely won't help. It will be interesting to see if he stays down there, considering he's probably a step slower than he used to be due to his recent knee troubles.

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Nov 8: Michalek has delivered 10 points in 16 games for the Senators this season. While Michalek's plus/minus has been dragged down a bit by the Senators' awful defense, he's produced as expected offensively coming off an injury-plagued 2012-13 campaign. Considering the wealth of offensive talent surrounding him, it wouldn't be a surprise if he made another push for 50 or 60 points as he has in the past.

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Oct 15: Michalek collected two assists, one on the power play, in Ottawa's 4-3 win at Phoenix on Tuesday night. It remains to be seen whether the Czech winger will post a productive campaign in the 55-65-point range, or else retreat into a shell and end the season in the 30s. For now, a favorable line pairing with Jason Spezza (both of Michalek's assists Tuesday came on Spezza tallies) is a positive indicator.

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Sep 12: Michalek said his knee is 100 percent healthy and feeling good heading into training camp, the Senators' official site reports. "I've been skating for a month - pretty hard too - and tested it, tested it good, and everything feels good now," Michalek said. "I'm going to go full throttle and hopefully it's going to be good." A nagging knee problem limited him to just 23 injury-plagued games last season, but a healthy Michalek, reunited with a healthy Jason Spezza, could lead to a bounce-back season for Michalek, who posted 36 goals in the 2011-12 campaign.

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May 27: Michalek will visit a specialist in Germany to determine his options for moving forward with his knee injury, the Ottawa Citizen's Wayne Scanlan reports. The knee injury lingered with him throughout the 2012-13 season, so getting healthy will be a top priority over the offseason.

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May 12: Michalek sat out Sunday's practice in order to rest but will be available for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Pittsburgh. Michalek notched a goal and an assist during Ottawa's five-game series victory over Montreal, which followed up a 14-point, injury-plagued regular season. Since his knee injury has lingered throughout the 2013 campaign, a day of rest is preferable for his ultimate output.

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May 5: Michalek did not participate in the Senators' morning skate Sunday in preparation for Game 3 against Montreal, TSN.ca reports. Michalek had missed nearly two months with a knee injury and finally made it back to the ice in mid-April. There have been no reports of another injury so this is probably just the team being cautious. He should be on the ice for the game Sunday night.

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Apr 12: Michalek snagged one of Ottawa's two goals in Friday's 2-0 win over New Jersey in his first game since February 12. Michalek had missed two months of action but was able to easily finish a 2-on-0 with Daniel Alfredsson and should give the Senators another scoring forward as they aim to solidify a playoff spot. He'll get a chance to score often and will hopefully reward owners that have held out for his return.

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Apr 12: Michalek (knee) will play in Friday's game against the Devils, Sportsnet's Ian Mendes reports. Michalek has played in just two games since Feb. 12 due to his knee injury, but he is ready to go after recovering from surgery and making it through Friday's morning skate. Michalek racked up 10 points and a plus-5 rating in the 15 games he appeared in this season, so he could provide a late-season boost for some fantasy owners.

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Apr 8: Michalek (knee) is close to returning, Ian Mendes of Sportsnet reports. Mendes also mentions that it's up to Michalek to give coach Paul MacLean the green light to play him, which suggests that he's already been cleared by doctors. It's certainly possible he could be in the lineup Tuesday against the Lightning, although Thursday against the Flyers or Friday against the Devils both seem like more likely options.

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Apr 5: Michalek (knee) will not play Friday against the Sabres, the Ottawa Citizen reports. The winger practiced hard Thursday, and said he's much more comfortable skating on his surgically repaired knee than he was trying to play through the injury. Don't be surprised if he's in the lineup Sunday against the Panthers.

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Apr 1: Michalek (knee) will travel with the team on the Senators' upcoming seven-game road trip. Michalek skated in a track suit Monday to begin his rehab from arthroscopic knee surgery. Presumably, he will travel with the team to get some more skating in and possibly practice, but he is not expected to play any time soon.

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Mar 19: Michalek underwent arthroscopic surgery to clean up debris in his right knee and will be out indefinitely. Though the Sens haven't ventured to guess when Michalek might return, given that he underwent a scope, as opposed to a more major procedure, suggests that he could return at some point later this season.

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Mar 19: Michalek (knee) will likely undergo knee surgery, the Ottawa Sun reports. The Sens' top goal scorer from 2011-12 has been trying to battle through a nagging knee injury, but he hasn't quite shaken the lingering effects. Michalek has missed 13 games this season, but Ottawa is hopeful he will be able to return for the playoffs, even if he elects to have surgery.

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Mar 17: Michalek (knee) isn't expected to travel with the Sens to New York, where the team faces the Islanders on Tuesday, according to Ian Mendes of The Ottawa Citizen. Michalek, who last suited up on March 8, remains in the day-to-day category for now, following a setback with his balky knee.

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Mar 15: Michalek (knee) will not play Saturday and Sunday. Michalek is still battling a knee injury and should continue to be considered day-to-day after the upcoming weekend's slate of games.

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Mar 12: Michalek (knee) is unlikely to play Wednesday against the Canadiens. Though Michalek is not expected to play Wednesday, the report notes that he could be back in business by the weekend.

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Mar 11: Michalek (knee) will miss Monday's game against the Bruins. Michalek played in the Senators' last two games after returning from a knee injury, but missed the team's practice Monday after suffering a setback. He will be replaced in the lineup by Guillaume Latendresse, who is returning from a head injury.

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Mar 6: Michalek (knee) will play Wednesday against the Maple Leafs, the Ottawa Sun reports. Michalek is finally ready to return from his knee injury, and head coach Paul MacLean said the Sens will find a place for him in the lineup. Michalek led the team in goals in 2011-12 with 35, but started 2013 off a little slower, registering just two goals and six assists in his first 13 games.

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Mar 5: Michalek (knee) believes he is ready to return to action and could play Wednesday against the Maple Leafs, the team's official site reports. Prior to going down on February 13, Michalek scored eight points in 13 games. The potential return of Michalek would be a nice boost for the Senators who have lost their last three games, scoring only four total goals in that span.

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Mar 5: Michalek (knee) practiced with the team Tuesday, Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen reports. The Senators have been careful with Michalek, holding him out longer than he probably needed to, but judging by the fact that he practiced with the top line Tuesday, he should be back in the lineup soon.

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Mar 3: Michalek (knee) skated hard on Sunday and could return for Wednesday's game against Toronto, according to Ian Mendes of The Ottawa Citizen. Michalek has eight points in 13 games this season. The Senators are being cautious with Michalek, who hasn't played in three weeks.

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Feb 27: Michalek (knee) could play Saturday or Sunday, the Ottawa Sun reports. Michalek skated Tuesday, and could travel with the team on their trip to Boston on Thursday. While he won't play against the Bruins, making the trip would allow Michalek to practice with the team, and could indicate that he will be available when the Senators play back-to-back games Saturday against the Flyers, and Sunday against the Islanders.

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Feb 25: Michalek (knee) could practice before the team heads to Boston for Wednesday's game. Michalek has missed over two weeks due to the injury. This news likely means that he will miss Monday's game against Montreal. He has been progressing well as of late, and it looks like a return is in the near future.

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Feb 23: Michalek (knee), already ruled out Saturday, is unlikely to play Monday. Michalek has been out for more than two weeks after injuring his knee in warmups Feb. 13. He is said to making progress toward a return, though.

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Feb 21: Michalek (knee) is expected back next week, Ian Mendes of the Ottawa Citizen reports. Michalek will not be available for Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs, but could return as early as Monday to take on the Canadiens. The Sens will expect some offensive help from Michalek when he returns, after they way they've struggled since losing Erik Karlsson (achilles) for the year.

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Feb 19: Michalek (twisted knee) will not be available for Tuesday's game against the Islanders. Consider Michalek -- who has eight points in 13 games to date -- day-to-day as Thursday's game against the Rangers approaches, though there is a possibility that it could be determined that a minor procedure could be on tap for him once he is re-evaluated this week.

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Feb 18: Michalek (twisted knee) will not play Monday against New Jersey and is also expected to miss Tuesday's game against the Islanders as well, Sportsnet.ca reports. With Michalek unavailable and the Sens already without Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza, offense could become even more difficult to come by. Beyond Tuesday, Michalek is considered day-to-day, but owners in weekly leagues should probably look elsewhere for the current lineup period.

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Feb 16: Michalek (knee) is not expected to play Monday against the Devils, the Ottawa Sun reports. Michalek didn't travel with the team to Toronto and probably won't have a chance at playing until the team's road trip comes to a close. He'll look to rest his knee over the next few days and potentially target a return Tuesday against the Islanders.

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Feb 15: Michalek (knee) will miss Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs, according to the team's official Twitter page. Michalek hurt his knee in warmups on Wednesday, but indications are he could return to action for Monday's game against the Devils. Being a minor injury, he should only miss one or two games.

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Feb 14: Michalek (knee) is expected to only miss a game or two, Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun reports. The winger sat out of Wednesday night's game against the Penguins after injuring himself during the pregame warm-ups. The team is now describing the injury as a twisted knee, but they're hopeful the recovery process won't cost Michalek more than a couple games.

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Feb 13: Michalek will sit out Wednesday's game against the Penguins with a lower body injury. Apparently Michalek suffered the injury during warmups. Specifics regarding the ailment aren't available, but consider the 28-year-old day-to-day for the time being. Patrick Wierioch will dress Wednesday in Michalek's place.

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Feb 13: Michalek will not play Wednesday against the Penguins, Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen reports. There's been no word of an injury to Michalek, so consider this a healthy scratch until otherwise indicated. Patrick Wierioch will return to the lineup with Michalek sitting.

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Jan 29: Though five games, Michalek has put up five points, tied with three others for the team lead. Michalek doesn't get as much pub as teammates like Erik Karlsson, Jason Spezza, and Daniel Alfredsson, but he's the ultimate quiet producer. He put up 35 goals last season, and has 22 or more scores in five out of the last six seasons.

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Oct 10: Michalek is fully recovered from a torn abdominal muscle, the Ottawa Citizen reports. Now fully healthy, Michalek is expected to join Budejovice of the Czech Republic in the coming days. Michalek previously played for Budejovice in 2002-03 before coming over to North America.

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Sep 20: Michalek (abdomen) says he could be back practicing with his locked-out teammates next week, the Ottawa Citizen reports. This would certainly be quite the change of course, as Michalek underwent abdominal surgery recently that was supposed to sideline him for four-to-six weeks. It seems Michalek is ahead of schedule in his recovery thus far, but might not get clearance to practice until doctors are willing to give him a clean bill of health.

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Sep 17: Michalek will need approximately four to six weeks to recover from an abdominal injury he suffered while training in Montreal in August reports the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch. He underwent surgery for the injury and won't be able to do much for the next month or so other than doing rehab.

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Apr 24: Michalek will not face disciplinary action from the NHL for kicking the Rangers' Dan Girardi in Monday's Game 6, Chris Botta of The New York Times reports. Since no hearing has been scheduled for Michalek, he will be available for Thursday's decisive Game 7. Michalek has recorded a goal and an assist in six postseason contests to date.

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Apr 24: Michalek may face disciplinary action from the league for kicking the Rangers' Dan Girardi in Monday's Game 6, Darren Dregar of TSN.ca reports. The NHL is reviewing the incident. Dreger points out that Michalek's foul was similar to one committed by Carolina's Jeff Skinner in March. Skinner received a two game suspension, but it remains to be seen if the league will suspend Michalek for Thursday's crucial Game 7.

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Mar 24: Michalek scored a goal and added two assists in Saturday's win over the Penguins. It was nice to see him tickle the twine -- he hadn't done that in his previous seven outings. He could be on the cusp of a nice run; make sure you get him into your lineup.

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Mar 7: Michalek collected an unorthodox hat trick Tuesday against Tampa Bay, as he scored his first goal of the game on the power play at 12:12 of the third period, then added two empty-net goals before time expired. He also picked up an assist. The points all count the same for fantasy purposes, and Michalek has been piling them up over the last month -- he's got 17 points (nine of them goals) in his last 12 games, and with 32 goals on the year, he's tied with the Rangers' Marian Gaborik for fifth in the NHL.

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Feb 23: Michalek notched his 26th and 27th goals of the year Wednesday night in a 5-2 Ottawa win over Washington. His 27th goal set a personal single season record for goals in a season by the speedy winger. He also added an assist in Wednesday's win and now has points in five of his last six games, totaling four goals and five assists during that span.

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Jan 10: Michalek notched his 21st and 22nd goals of the season in Tuesday's win over the Penguins. Michalek is just four goals shy of his career high, but has only eight assists on the season. After racking up 30-plus assists for three straight seasons in San Jose, he came to Ottawa and peculiarly just stopped assisting on goals. He's got only 35 assists to go with 62 goals in 171 games as a Senator. But as long as he's putting the puck to the back of the net, it's tough to complain.

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Dec 29: In Michalek's first game back from his concussion he lined up with Jason Spezza at center and Daniel Alfredsson on the other wing. He had an assist in a 6-2 loss to Montreal on Tuesday. He'll likely remain on the top line if it can produce on a consistent basis over the next few games. With 19 goals in 32 games, Michalek is having by far his best season as a pro.

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Dec 23: Michalek (concussion) passed a baseline test and will be back on the ice for Ottawa Tuesday, according to the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch's Twitter Feed. This is highly encouraging news for the Senators as they were hoping to receive Michalek back prior to Christmas, but they will wait another few days. Michalek's symptoms have diminished and he is good to go.

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Dec 22: Michalek (concussion) will not return to game action until next week at the earliest, TSN's Brent Wallace reports. Michalek said his concussion symptoms have cleared, but he still needs a few practice sessions to get back into game shape after sitting out for a week. Michalek will miss games Thursday and Friday, but next Tuesday's game against the Canadiens looks like a likely target for his return.

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Dec 21: Michalek (concussion) said it's unlikely he plays Thursday night, but he didn't rule out a return Friday against the Hurricanes, the Ottawa Citizen reports. Michalek got through Tuesday's practice without any complications, but the team will wait to see how he responds over the next day or two before making any final decisions.

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Dec 20: Michalek (concussion) skated on his own Tuesday morning and could possibly return to action for Friday's game against Carolina reports the Ottawa Citizen. He'll miss his third straight game Tuesday night when the Senators play host to the Sabres. With 19 goals this season, Michalek has been one of the keys to Ottawa's surprising success this season. The good news is that he should definitely be back after the Christmas break so make sure to adjust your lineups accordingly.

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Dec 20: Michalek (concussion) skated on his own prior to Tuesday's morning skate, TSN's Brett Wallace reports. It's encouraging to see Michalek on the ice, but he is unlikely to return to game action before taking part in a full practice. As such, expect Michalek to miss his third straight game Tuesday.

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Dec 14: Michalek (upper body) will not play in Wednesday's home game against the Bruins. He suffered the injury after he crashed into Erik Karlsson during the second period of Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win against the Sabres. He played three more shifts after Tuesday's accident, but then left the game late in the second period and did not return. Michalek leads all NHL players with 19 goals, but he does have a history of injuries including a concussion he suffered two years ago. There is no word yet on the severity of the injury.

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Dec 13: Michalek scored in his 19th goal of the season in Tuesday's win over Buffalo, but left the game with an apparent upper-body injury, playing just 10:05. No word yet on the severity, or lack thereof, of the injury for Michalek, but one of the league's leading scorers managed to open the scoring in the eventual win for Ottawa Tuesday evening.

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Nov 12: Michalek picked up his 11th goal of the season in Saturday's win over Toronto. It was an empty netter but who cares? Eleven goals is an impressive total. He has three in his last four games and appears to have taken his game to a whole new level. We'll always worry a little about a possible injury but right now, he's fantasy gold.

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Nov 10: Michalek scored his 10th goal of the year in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Rangers. He finished the evening with a minus-1 rating and five shots on goal and was also named the game's third star.

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Nov 5: Michalek scored a pretty breakaway goal Saturday against Buffalo and added another in the shootout in a 3-2 loss. He'd gone three games without a goal but that was his longest drought of the year. He has nine goals and five assists in 15 games this year and is poised to set a new career best in points if he can continue his good work.

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Oct 29: Michalek tallied a goal and an assist in Saturday's victory over the Rangers. Michalek is on a tear right now, picking up eight points (4G, 4A) in his last five games. He'll look to keep the hot streak going against the Maple Leafs on Sunday.

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Oct 7: Michalek scored two goals, including one on the power play, in a 5-3 loss to Detroit Friday night. He also had six shots on net and was named the game's third star. Michalek is completely healthy for the first time in years and worked hard in the summer to get ready for the season. He could be a nice pick up if he's still available in your league as he's playing with Jason Spezza and Nikita Filatov to start the year.

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Sep 24: Michalek picked up a goal and an assist Saturday in a preseason win over Montreal. He needs to play a physical game, something he's not typically comfortable doing, in order to truly exploit his talents. His streakiness makes him a challenging pick in head-to-head formats but he's still a top-six NHL forward. And that means he has the opportunity to deliver decent production as a late-round gem.

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Sep 10: Michalek is slated for a top-six role in Ottawa this season but that doesn't mean he'll skate beside Jason Spezza, reports the Ottawa Sun. New coach Paul MacLean knows that Michalek, Spezza and captain Daniel Alfredsson make beautiful music together. "That's a place I can always go back to," said MacLean. "I know it works ... but is that the best thing for the team?" He will take a long, hard look at several forwards, including Nikita Filatov, Peter Regin, Bobby Butler and Mika Zibanejad, to see where the chemistry emerges. Michalek's best fantasy value really does lie with Spezza so watch camp very closely.

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Mar 25: Michalek (foot) will play against Washington on Friday, OttawaSenators.com reports. Michalek generally only posts a point every other game, but he had seven in his last seven games prior to getting injured. He'll be there if you need him Friday, in any case.

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Mar 21: Michalek (broken foot) could return to action as early as Thursday's game against the Rangers reports the Ottawa Citizen. The injury was originally supposed to take between four and six weeks to heal, but Michalek's recovery is at least a week ahead of schedule. He'll join the team on its road trip and while Tuesday's game against Carolina looks unlikely, there's an excellent chance the winger returns for Thursday's game against the Rangers.

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Mar 7: Michalek (broken foot) will be out of action for four weeks which likely means he's done for the year reports Sportsnet's Ian Mendes. Before suffering the injury, Michalek had been playing his best hockey of the year after finally getting over his knee surgery of last spring. Look for him to be a key cog and leader for the Senators in 2011-12.

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Feb 28: Michalek (foot) will be out for a significant amount of time reports TSN's Brent Wallace. It certainly sounds like Michalek suffered a broken foot during Ottawa's 4-1 win over the Flyers on Saturday, but an exact prognosis won't be known for a day or two. This is too bad for Michalek, as he was playing his best hockey of the year before he got injured.

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Feb 27: Michalek, who took a shot off the foot Saturday, will have further tests done Sunday, the Toronto Sun reports. An update is expected Monday, but the Sens are obviously hoping that Michalek avoided a broken foot here.

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Feb 27: Michalek left Saturday's win over the Flyers in the second period with a lower-body injury, the Ottawa Citizen reports. The seriousness of Michalek's injury wasn't immediately known, so we'll consider the Sens' leading goal-scorer (he has 16 tallies) day-to-day.

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Jan 17: Michalek has two goals in the last three games. Michalek, a former first-round pick, has seen a dip in total points in each successive year since his 2005-06 campaign with the Sharks. He'll look to maintain his hot streak Tuesday against the Ducks.

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Dec 20: Michalek has picked up two goals in the Senators' last five games. The former first-round pick is starting to rebound after a poor start to the season. However, expect inconsistency in his pursuit to stay productive.

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Nov 27: Michalek tallied two helpers in Saturday's win over Toronto. He has really scuffled this year but Saturday, he was impressive on a line with Mike Fisher and Alexei Kovalev. In fact, the trio accounted for every point the Sens picked up. Keep an eye on him next game -- he may be on the wire and he could just bring you some solid output in the near future. Or he could be a cheap throw-in in a trade.

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Nov 9: Michalek (knee) returned to the Ottawa lineup on Tuesday after missing the team's previous four games. Michalek looked healthy and he appears safe to activate should you need him.

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Nov 9: Michalek will return to Ottawa's lineup after missing four games with tendinitis in his knee reports Sportsnet's Ian Mendes. He'll line up on Ottawa's first line with Daniel Alfredsson and Mike Fisher. You'll want to monitor Michalek's health closely over the next few games to make sure his knee doesn't act up on him again.

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Nov 7: Michalek (knee) is hoping to take contact in practice on Monday and could play Tuesday against Atlanta, the Ottawa Sun reports. "It's getting better and I'm feeling pretty good on the ice," Michalek said. "It's just a matter of getting better. I'm going to play sometime this week. That would be good." While Michalek is optimistic, still consider him questionable. Don't expect the organization to take any chances with his knee.

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Nov 5: Michalek (knee) might suit up for Thursday's game against Vancouver reports the Score.ca's Daniel Slater. Michalek has some tendinitis in the knee that was operated on over the summer so Ottawa is playing it safe and letting him rest it until the swelling is gone. Michalek does not want this to be an ongoing issue so it's a good move on both his and management's part.

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Oct 30: Michalek will be out of action for at least a week with tendinitis in his surgically repaired knee reports the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch. He has some swelling in the knee that was operated on over the summer and will be gone for the next week of action if not a little longer. Michalek is having a so-so year with four goals and an assist in 10 games. Keep him on your bench for the time being.

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Oct 28: Michalek (knee) didn't skate at practice Thursday morning but will play Thursday night against Florida reports the Team 1200's Scott MacArthur. Head coach Cory Clouston told Ottawa media on Thursday morning that Michalek's knee, which underwent off-season surgery, gets tender after games so he needs to rest it when possible. While Michalek's knee could become an issue this season, he hasn't missed a game yet and Ottawa's management will take all necessary precautions to ensure the knee is getting the treatment it needs. Play him as you normally would, but be sure to check his status from time to time.

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Oct 16: Michalek scored twice in Saturday's loss to Montreal. He'd struggled up to this point in the season, at times looking lost on the Sens' first line. But he was much better Saturday. We're curious to see if he will continue the pattern he started to show last season and has started with again this year -- goals first with a lot fewer assists.

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Oct 2: Michalek left Saturday's game in the second period for precautionary reasons, reports the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch via Twitter. Michalek is coming back from reconstructive knee surgery and the Sens are treating him with kid gloves. Fingers crossed there has been no setback in his recovery.

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Sep 26: Michalek finished the evening with a powerplay assist in over 19 minutes of icetime as Ottawa defeated Montreal 6-2 on Saturday night. He looked good for his first game in over five months after going through major knee surgery in the off-season. Michalek doesn't seem to be impaired by the knee surgery as he was skating hard and fast all evening.

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Sep 17: Michalek said Thursday that he is fully recovered from offseason knee surgery, OttawaSenators.com reports. He'll likely start on either the first or second line and see plenty of time on the first power-play unit as well as on the penalty kill. If he's able to stay healthy, he could reach 25 goals and 35 assists.

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Aug 8: Michalek's summer rehab on his injured knee is going well and he should be fully recovered by the start of training camp in September reports the Ottawa Sun. He tore the ACL in his left knee during the first game of Ottawa's first round matchup against Pittsburgh in the playoffs and was lost for the rest of the series. Michalek's been working out in Montreal the past few weeks and began skating for the first time earlier this week. He should skate on one of Ottawa's first two lines to begin the 2010-11 season and, if healthy, should be good for 25+ goals.

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Apr 15: Michalek will have season-ending surgery to repair a torn ACL, the Ottawa Citizen reports. Michalek, who will have surgery in about two weeks, will likely be replaced by Nick Foligno on a line with Mike Fisher and Matt Cullen.

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Apr 8: Michalek will be in the lineup for Thursday's game against Tampa Bay reports Ottawa's offical Twitter feed. He's missed over a month of action due to a knee injury, but he's been skating hard for a couple of weeks now and will try to get the rust out of his game heading into the post-season. As such, he's likely not a good fantasy start right now.

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Apr 6: Michalek (leg) will not play on Tuesday night against Florida reports the Ottawa Sun. The Senators, who can finish no lower than 6th place heading into the playoffs, have decided to play it safe and let Michalek's leg get a few more days of rest. He'll likely suit up for Thursday's game against the Lightning.

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Apr 5: Michalek (leg) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Panthers, the Ottawa Citizen reports. If Michalek, who skated with the Sens at practice Monday, doesn't play Tuesday, he will play on Thursday against the Lightning.

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Mar 29: The Sens are hopeful that Michalek will return for the final two or three games of the regular season, TSN.ca reports. Head coach Cory Clouston has been very pleased with Michalek's progress over last few days, so he could return to the lineup as early as next week. Ultimately, it sounds like he'll be close to 100 percent once the postseason begins.

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Mar 23: Michalek (leg) will miss at least two weeks of action while he rehabs his injured leg reports TSN's Brent Wallace. If Michalek's leg doesn't respond to rehab then surgery could be in the cards which would likely mean the end of his season. You'll want to stash him on your bench and look for help elsewhere for the time being.

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Mar 22: Milan will undergo more tests on his left leg on Monday to determine the extent of his injury, Sportsnet.ca reports. Head coach Cory Clouston admitted there could be more significant damage to the leg than the club initially thought. The winger, who leads the team with 22 goals, suffered the injury when crashing into the goal post in Atlanta on Thursday night. Michalek did return briefly to practice with the team on Friday in Dallas, but he left the ice after a few minutes.

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Mar 20: Michalek (leg) did not play Saturday as anticipated. He had hit the ice Friday at the Sens practice but he didn't stay long. We think this injury is more severe than first expected. Bench him immediately.

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Mar 19: Michalek left Thursday's game with a leg injury, Sportsnet Reporter Ian Mendes reports. He was back on the ice for practice on Friday, so that's encouraging. We expect him to be on the ice for Saturday's game against the Stars.

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Jan 21: Michalek will return to Ottawa's lineup for Thursday's game against St. Louis confirms the Ottawa Sun. He missed a total of seven games with a concussion. Michalek will likely line up on one of the top two lines for Thursday's contest. He's in the midst of an offensive slump so you might want to wait until he heats up before inserting him into your lineup.

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Jan 19: Michalek (concussion) could return to the Ottawa lineup for Thursday's game against St. Louis reports Ottawa's official Twitter feed. He's missed six games since suffering the concussion during a January 7th game against Washington. Michalek was in the midst of a terrible offensive slump before his injury, but is a solid two-way player who receives a lot of time on the penalty kill. Michalek still leads the team in goals with 16 and will be on the No. 1 line when he returns.

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Jan 18: Michalek (concussion) is very close to returning to Ottawa's lineup reports the Ottawa Sun. To date, he's missed five games after getting bodychecked by Mike Green in a game against Washington. Michalek has been skating hard the past few days and should be back within a week.

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Jan 8: Michalek suffered an upper-body injury early in the first period of Thursday's 5-2 loss to the caps and will be out of action indefinitely reports the Ottawa Sun. He left Thursday's game and did not return after taking a hard bodycheck from the Caps' Mike Green. If you hadn't already, now's the time to sit the speedy winger and hope he comes back soon.

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Jan 7: Michalek is in a terrible offensive slump, having scored only once in his past 18 games. He still leads Ottawa with 16 goals, but he's struggled immensely since Jason Spezza (knee) went down over 10 games ago. Michalek has been great at killing penalties but he'll need to step it up to give Ottawa a chance at the playoffs. You may want to sit the speedy winger until he breaks out of his slump.

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Dec 23: Michalek failed to score for the 11th time in 12 games Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. He's a streaky player who has 16 goals, but he hasn't been able to add to that total lately. Michalek's still well ahead of his 23-goal scoring pace with San Jose of a year ago, but fantasy poolies have to hope he turns things around quickly.

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Dec 1: Playing against his former team on Tuesday night, Michalek scored twice in Ottawa's 5-2 loss to San Jose. Michalek is quietly up to 15 goals on the season. He has just five assists though so his point total isn't what it could be.

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Nov 28: Saturday was Michalek's best offensive game as a member of the Senators. He scored twice and added an assist in a 4-3 shootout loss. He's hot right now -- he has six goals in his last seven games. Take advantage.

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Nov 25: Michalek posted his fourth goal in five games during Wednesday's loss to the Devils. The goal also extended a points streak to five games as Michalek continues his strong season after arriving from San Jose in the Dany Heatley trade.

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Nov 7: Michalek tallied his seventh goal of the season in Saturday's loss to the Devils. He has 10 points in 14 games but it's interesting he has so many goals -- his career-best is 26. His shooting percentage is higher than it has ever been so expect that assist total to start to climb soon.

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Oct 31: Michalek assisted on the Sens' only goal in a loss to Atlanta on Saturday afternoon. He's picked up eight points (6 G, 2 A) through 12 games this season. Michalek's production certainly isn't suffering with his move away from the Silicon Valley, so keep on rolling him as you normally would.

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Oct 24: Michalek (upper body) will be in the lineup against the Bruins on Saturday night reports TSN.ca. There was some concern that he might not suit up for Saturday's game, but he's obviously good to go. Make sure you have him in your lineup. Michalek leads all Ottawa players with five goals on the year, including two shorties.

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Oct 23: Michalek did not practice on Friday due to an undisclosed upper-body injury reports the Ottawa Sun. He should be ready to go for Saturday's game against Boston. Michalek picked up his fifth goal of the season on Thursday night in a 6-5 overtime loss to Nashville.

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Oct 15: Michalek collected his first NHL hat trick Thursday against the Lightning. He potted two shorthanded goals and a power-play goal. It's good to see this from Michalek, as his career in Ottawa was off to a slow start.

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Oct 12: Michalek scored his first goal in five games Monday night, leading the Sens with five shots on goal. He came into the contest with no points and a minus-3 rating. For his effort, Michalek was named the Game's No. 3 star. Michalek and Jonathan Cheechoo trail the since-departed Dany Heatley in points by seven (10 to 3).

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Sep 18: Michalek scored in his debut for the Senators during Friday's preseason loss to the Canadiens. He skated on a line with Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson, reports the Associated Press. If this line sticks Michalek could be in for a career year. Pay attention to how this plays out.

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Sep 18: Michalek will make his Senators debut Friday night against Montreal reports TSN.ca. He'll skate on Ottawa's first line with Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson as head coach Cory Clouston continues to experiment with his lines. Depending on how he fares this pre-season, Michalek should start the year on either the 1st or 2nd line.

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Sep 12: Michalek has been traded to Ottawa in the deal that sent Dany Heatley to San Jose, NHL.com reports. He'll likely compete with Jonathan Cheechoo -- also sent to the Sens -- for time on one of the scoring lines during training camp. Look for the loser to turn up on the third line, where Michalek could still be a threat for 20 goals and 50 points depending on whether he's deployed with one of the power-play units.

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Apr 27: Michalek scored a power-play goal in the first period of Monday's Game 6 series-ending loss. This was Michalek's lone point of the series. He finished minus-3 as the Sharks suffered a huge playoff collapse after battling with the Ducks for six games.

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Apr 25: Michalek is without a point after four games of the Western Conference quarterfinals. Michalek has the tools to make his presence known against Anaheim. He's an unselfish player capable of scoring and dishing the puck, but the winger needs to play with a sense of urgency in Game 5 on Saturday night.

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Apr 13: Michalek faired reasonably well against the Ducks in the regular season, based on three points (1G, 2A) in five games. Michalek is one of several offensive weapons for Team Teal, who opens their first-round series against the Ducks on Thursday, April 16.

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Mar 22: Michalek scored the game-winning goal in the Sharks' 3-1 win over Colorado on Sunday. Michalek has one goal in each of his last three contests, and is clearly stepping up with Ryane Clowe (lower body) temporarily out of action.

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Mar 21: Michalek scored Thursday against Nashville, and now everyone on the Sharks' top two lines has at least 20 goals, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Look for Michalek to carry the momentum over to the Saturday afternoon game against Dallas, a team that he has registered two goals against in five games this season. Having such capable teammates can only help Michalek keep his numbers consistent.

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Mar 15: Michalek scored his 19th goal of the season which helped the Sharks down the Kings 2-1 on Saturday. Michalek is tied with teammates Joe Pavelski and Dan Boyle in the points category (48). He stands as a serviceable forward in all formats.

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Mar 6: Michalek assisted on all three Sharks' goals in Thursday's 4-3 OT loss to Minnesota. Make that 29 helpers on the season for Michalek, who is also a plus-12 through 58 games of play. Nights like Thursday remind us that the Czech Republic native is a steady source for points.

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Feb 10: Michalek potted his 15th goal of the season Tuesday to help the Sharks prevail in Boston with a score of 5-2. MIchalek's goal was the game winner. The talented winger has been inconsistent at times, but his owners probably enjoy the fact that he has five points (2G, 3A) in his last five games.

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Feb 5: Michalek responded to his recent Sharks "Player of the Month" award by assisting thrice against Carolina. Four penalty minutes also appeared next to Michalek's name in the box score. He is scorching as of late and now has 21 helpers on the season.

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Feb 5: Michalek earned the Seagate Sharks Player of the Month honors for his stellar play in January, the Sharks' official site reports. The forward recorded 11 points (5G, 6A) in January. He continues to prove his worth as an unselfish player who is also capable of putting the puck in the net.

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Jan 27: Michalek scored twice in Tuesday's win over Colorado. Michalek has 13 goals and 31 points on the season. He should finish right around the 24 goals and 55 points he tallied last year.

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Jan 17: After scuffling for most of the first-half of the season, Michalek has come alive offensively. His goal and two assists Saturday give him six points in his last three games. He has long been an enigma wrapped in a riddle. He has the skills and the size to be an outstanding NHLer. But he has teased us for a long time. He has 10 points in his last nine outings and is finally rewarding those who have been patient with him.

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Jan 14: Michalek pitched in a goal and two assists in a 7-1 rout over Tampa Bay on Tuesday. This was Michalek's first multi-point game since dishing two helpers on November 29th against Phoenix. He has been a bit banged up this season but remains a solid fill-in option at the forward spot when healthy.

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Jan 6: Michalek will play on the Sharks' first line against Calgary on Tuesday, the San Jose Mercury News reports. His stock rises with the promotion. If the experiment works, Michalek's goal-scoring potential will soar playing next to assist master Joe Thornton on a regular basis.

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Jan 1: Michalek rang in the new year with a crafty backhand goal against Minnesota. It was his ninth score of the season. Like teammate Jonathan Cheechoo, Michalek has seen his production dip due to frequent visits from the injury bug. But whenever Michalek is on the ice he can post a healthy dose of goals and assists.

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Dec 27: Michalek, who missed three games with an upper-body injury, returned to action Saturday and was minus-1 in 16:51 of ice time. Give him a few more games to get his game legs back before you use him as you always do.

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Dec 27: Michalek (upper body) will return on Saturday, according to the Oakland Tribune. He's missed three games, but it was never thought to be a serious injury. Michalek is expected to skate with Tomas Plihal and Marcel Goc on the third line Saturday in St. Louis.

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Dec 22: Michalek, who sat out of Saturday night's game (his second straight) with an upper body injury, is not expected to miss much time, the Contra Costa Times reports. Jonathan Cheechoo got some time in Michalek's stead on the second line and picked up an assist Saturday, so it would probably behoove Michalek to get back out there soon so his spot doesn't enter any jeopardy.

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Dec 20: The Sharks played Saturday without Michalek; it was the second straight game he missed with an undisclosed injury. Get him on your bench immediately until we can dig out more info for you.

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Dec 6: Michalek picked up an assist Saturday night. He has seven points in his last seven games. Michalek is an enigma wrapped up in a riddle. You think he should be a stud but he kind of floats in and out of relevance far too often. Still, there's something about him that makes us think he might be an Alex Tanguay type player in the next few years. However, that's a big might and if he doesn't start showing he can score bucketfuls of points inside that Sharks' offence, we think you should think long and hard about turning his next streak into trade conversations.

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Nov 30: Michalek had two assists in the Sharks' 3-2 win over the Coyotes Saturday night. With one more helper, Michalek will join nine other Sharks who have double-digit totals in the assist category this season.

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Nov 2: Michalek scored his second and third goals of the season Sunday in the Sharks' 5-3 over the Avalanche. It's been a little bit of a slow start this season for Michalek but he does have points in his last three games.

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Oct 20: Michalek will be available when the Sharks play against the Flyers on Wednesday, the Sharks' official site reports. ??We (Joe Pavelski and Jonathan Cheechoo) were having a good start and I love playing with them,? said Michalek. ??I??ll be ready Wednesday.? You heard the man, get the consistent star active in all leagues.

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Oct 18: Michalek is out for Saturday's game against Philadelphia with an unspecified injury, the San Jose Mercury News reports. A previous report listed the winger as questionable with an upper body injury. Michalek's appearance in the lineup is critical as he is a top contributor on the Sharks' lethal scoring line. Brad Staubitz has been called up, so expect a shuffle in the top two lines to make due without Michalek and his excellent all-around game.

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Oct 18: Michalek has an upper body injury and is questionable for Saturday's game against the Flyers, the San Jose Mercury News reports. He has four points through four games so far while being sixth on the team in power-play minutes, but you'll probably want to play it safe on a night with a heavy menu of other options.

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Oct 9: Michalek recorded two assists in Thursday's win over Anaheim. The sixth overall pick from 2003 has a good chance at being one of this season's breakout stars. Don't let him sit idly on your league's waiver wire.

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May 8: Michalek's shoulder will keep him out of the World Championship games, according to the Sharks' official site. There is no word on how bad the injury is.

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May 5: Michalek left the Sharks' Game 6 four-overtime loss to Dallas on Sunday after being on the business end of a crushing Brenden Morrow hit. The extent of the injury was not immediately known, but he was seen dressed in street clothes with a sling around his left arm, the Sports Network reports. The hit came right at the end of regulation. The Sharks could have used an extra set of legs with the game going into the wee hours of the night. The winger had four points in the series against the Stars.

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May 2: Michalek scored a third period goal to help the Sharks win in overtime of Friday's 3-2 comeback effort. The goal was Michalek's fourth of the post season. He has notched all four of those goals in the past five games and will be needed as the Sharks face elimination again on Sunday.

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Apr 30: Michalek scored the game-winner in Wednesday's Game 4 with the Stars, extending the series at least one more game in a 2-1 win. San Jose has scored only seven goals in the four games of the series, and Michalek has three of them. After an extremely disappointing scoreless series with Calgary, Michalek is finally coming alive.

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Apr 28: Michalek had a goal in Sunday's 5-2 loss to Dallas. It was just Michalek's second goal in the playoffs. After being one of the worst Sharks in the series against Calgary, he has been one of the best against the Stars.

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Apr 26: Michalek posted his firs playoff point Friday, scoring a goal in the overtime loss to Dallas. The Sharks desperately need production from players like Michalek to supplement the big guns of Thornton, Marleau and Cheechoo. Hopefully this is a harbinger for the remainder of the series for those who tabbed Michalek in playoff pools.

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Apr 23: Michalek failed to score a point in San Jose's seven-game series against Calgary. The seven-game point drought represents Michalek's longest streak all season. He did pick up seven shots on goal, all in the final four games of the series.

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Apr 1: Michalek had a goal in Tuesday's 5-2 win against Los Angeles. It was Michalek's first goal in eight games, and his 24th overall on the season. He needs three goals in the two games to surpass his career best of 26. This young winger just keeps getting better.

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Mar 30: Michalek had two assists in Sunday's 3-1 win over Phoenix. Michalek has registered five assists in the last six games. However, he has failed to score a goal in the last eight games.

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Mar 14: Michalek had a goal and an assist in Friday's 4-1 win over St. Louis. Michalek has 48 points (23 goals and 25 assists) in 68 games this season. After going seven games without scoring a goal, he now has found the back of the net in each of the last three. He is just three goals away from matching his career best.

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Mar 9: Michalek had a goal in Sunday's 3-2 SO win over Minnesota. Michalek hadn't scored a goal in seven games, with his last coming on February 21 against the Flyers. He has 45 points (21 goals and 24 assists) in 66 games this season.

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Mar 3: Michalek had an assist in Monday's 6-4 win over Montreal. Michalek was in the middle of a four game scoreless streak, his second longest of the season. With the rejuvenation of Jonathan Cheechoo it will give him more skating room which will lead to more production.

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Feb 13: Michalek had a goal in Tuesday's 4-3 OT loss to Calgary. After going through a quick three game scoring slump, Michalek has turned it around, notching four points (two goals and two assists) in the last two contests.

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Feb 10: Michalek registered a goal and two helpers in Saturday's 4-3 win over Nashville. This was a nice night for those that have been waiting for Michalek to get going, as he had been dormant in the points department four of the past five games. The goal was his first since January 24. Wait to see some consistency from the promising winger before relying on him.

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Jan 25: Michalek had a goal and two assists in Thursday's 4-1 win over St. Louis. Michalek now has 32 points (17 goals and 15 assists) in 46 games. He has been tearing up lately registering six points (two goals and four assists) in the last four games.

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Jan 18: Michalek had a goal and an assist in Thursday's 4-2 loss to Dallas. Michalek has registered five points (three goals and two assists) in the seven games the Sharks have played in January. It is his best start to a month yet. Hopefully for fantasy owners and the Sharks he continues to get better.

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Dec 31: Michalek posted two assists in Monday's 3-2 win over Minnesota. Michalek has registered 23 points (13 goals and 10 assists) in 36 games.

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Dec 29: Michalek had two assists in Saturday's 5-2 win over Nashville. Michalek is currently on a four game scoring streak, registering six points (three goals and three assists).

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Dec 26: Michalek had two goals including the game winner in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Kings. Michalek now has 18 points (12 goals and six assists) in 33 games this season.

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Dec 7: Michalek scored his ninth goal of the season against the Coyotes Friday night for his third game winning goal. Michalek is tied with Jeremy Roenick for points scored with 14. Both Roenick and Michalek are second to Joe Thornton which accounts for the largest gap of any team in the NHL.

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Dec 4: Michalek pumped seven shots on net in Monday night's win over the Avs, converting one of those shots into a goal. Michalek got off to a slow start and still just has 12 points in 22 games, but he's had four points in his last four games.

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Dec 1: Michalek had two assists in Friday's 3-2 win over Colorado. Both of the assists came on Joe Thornton's two goals, normally it is the other way around. Michalek now has 11 points (four goals and seven assists) in 21 games. It is not just him that is not living up to his expectations but the whole team, minus Thornton and Evgeni Nabokov.

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Nov 24: Michalek (elbow) returned to action Saturday against the Kings and recorded the Sharks' only goal in a 2-1 loss. He had four shots in 21:37; his ice time was second only to Joe Thornton on the night. Use him as you normally would.

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Nov 19: Michalek (elbow strain) skated in practice Monday and is hoping to return Saturday against the Kings, the Sharks' Official Site reports. Michalek has missed the Sharks last three games. "It's better," said Michalek. "I think I'm going to play Saturday. I couldn't even pass (when it happened)."

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Nov 18: Michalek (elbow strain) skated and stayed out on the ice during Saturday's morning skate, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Michalek did not play in Saturday's game, and there is currently no word on his return. The Sharks don't play again until Saturday against Los Angeles, so we may see him then. As Head Coach Ron Wilson noted he would not be calling up anyone from Worcester, which means Michalek will not be put on injured reserve.

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Nov 16: Michalek (elbow strain) missed his second straight game on Thursday. It's unclear how exactly Michalek suffered the injury in Tuesday's game, but he hasn't been ruled out from playing against the Ducks on Saturday, so we'll follow his progress as that contest approaches.

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Nov 15: Michalek is doubtful for Thursday night's game against the Coyotes, the San Jose Mercury News reports. It doesn't look like he is fit to return for Thursday, but it's hard to imagine that he will be out any longer than that. We will keep you updated as further news develops on his return.

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Nov 14: Michalek (strained elbow) did not skate with the Sharks on Wednesday morning and is unlikely to play on Wednesday night as result, the San Jose Mercury-News reports. Make sure you sit him down for at least Wednesday's game, though it's entirely possible that he'll be ready to go in the Sharks' next contest against the Coyotes.

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Nov 14: Michalek (strained elbow) traveled with the Sharks to Dallas, though is status for Wednesday's game is unclear, the San Jose Mercury-News reports. Even if he does miss Wednesday's game, it's a good sign that he's on the trip, while the Sharks are officially calling him "day-to-day". We'll have more on his status as we know it.

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Oct 22: Michalek scored two goals in Monday's 4-1 win over Calgary, the first was a shorthanded marker. Michalek now has seven points on the season. He is one of the most consistent Sharks.

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Oct 14: Michalek had one goal in the Sharks' 2-1 loss to Boston Saturday night. It was Michalek's fourth point on the year in five games. He is off to a hot start, and with his speed and nose for the puck, look for this to continue throughout the year.

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Oct 10: Michalek scored twice to lead the Sharks to a 2-1 road victory in Chicago on Wednesday night. These were his first two goals of the season and they both came on the power play. Michalek was the only Shark to be able to solve Nikolai Khabibulin, who was stellar on this night. The San Jose forward is expected to play a large role fo teh team offensively and makes for a solid nightly play.

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Aug 24: Michalek was re-signed to a long-term deal with the Sharks Friday, the Associated Press reports. The deal was a six-year, $26 million contract. San Jose hasn't done much in free agency this year, but are keeping their young core lineup together. Michalek had career highs of 26 goals, 40 assists, and a plus-17 rating last year.

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May 9: Michalek finished his breakout regular season with four postseason goals, and his 66 regular-season points were nearly double last season's performance. We expect Michalek to only get better, especially if he stays on a line with star center Joe Thornton. Michalek could top the 80-point mark next year, if not more.

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Apr 18: Michalek scored twice to lead the Sharks to a 3-2 Game 4 win on Wednesday night. Michalek's third and fourth goals bring the Predators to the brink of playoff elimination. Nashville seems to have no answer to Michalek and his linemates Jonathan Cheechoo and Joe Thornton, both of whom collected assists on the goals. Expect more of the same for the Sharks to be successful.

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Apr 17: Michalek picked up a goal in the Sharks' 3-1 Game 3 win over Nashville on Monday night. Michalek is a strong under-the-radar fantasy pickup, as his high-scoring line (Michalek, Joe Thornton, Jonathan Cheechoo) should net him plenty of scoring opportunities.

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Apr 12: Michalek netted a goal in the Sharks' 5-4 win over Nashville in Game 1 of their first-round series on Wednesday night. With Jonathan Cheechoo (knee) getting injured on Wednesday, the goal-scoring onus may fall upon Michalek, and we wouldn't be surprised if he becomes the star of this series.

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Apr 7: Michalek picked up a goal and an assist in the Sharks' 4-3 loss to Vancouver on Saturday night. Michalek finished the season on a strong note, with 15 points in his last 11 games.

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Apr 6: Michalek had a goal and an assist in the Sharks' 4-3 win over Calgary on Thursday night. Thirteen of Michalek's 62 points have come in the last 10 games, and he has increased his plus/minus rating from plus-4 to plus-15 over that time.

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Apr 1: Michalek picked up a goal in the Sharks' 6-2 win over Los Angeles on Sunday. Michalek has finished the season strong, with 16 points in his last 10 games.

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Mar 22: Michalek had a goal and two assists in the Sharks' 5-1 win over Atlanta on Thursday. Michalek is now riding a six-game scoring streak, netting multiple points in each of those games. He is one of the hottest players in the league right now.

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Mar 21: Michalek potted a pair of goals in a 4-1 road win against the Blackhawks on Wednesday night. With these two goals, Michalek extended his point-scoring streak to five games, where he has four goals and seven assists. He is a long time removed from an early season demotion and looks to have found his role with the squad. Play him with confidence the rest of the season.

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Mar 18: Michalek had a goal and an assist in the Sharks' 4-3 loss to Colorado on Sunday night. Few players are as hot as Michalek right now, who has notched nine points in his last four games. Start him for the rest of the season, as he seems to be clicking with his linemates.

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Mar 17: Michalek picked up two more assists in the Sharks' 3-0 win over Columbus. That makes seven points in the last three games for the talented forward, who should be an optimal late-season pickup for your fantasy squads.

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Mar 16: Michalek had three assists in the Sharks' 5-1 win over Phoenix on Thursday night. Michalek is a solid late-season add for fantasy purposes, as he's finally hit his stride on a line with Joe Thornton and Jonathan Cheechoo.

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Mar 14: Michalek notched a goal and an assist in the Sharks' 7-1 win over Chicago on Tuesday night. Michalek may be a player to watch in the coming weeks, as he's responded well to being paired with assist machine Joe Thornton.

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Mar 7: Michalek had a goal and an assist in the Sharks' 3-0 win over Minnesota on Tuesday night. Michalek responded well to being paired on a line with Joe Thornton and Jonathan Cheechoo, and may see his scoring numbers increase in the coming games.

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Feb 20: Michalek will be reunited on a line with Steve Bernier and Patrick Marleau, according to the Montery Herald. Michalek has not been the same since Bernier's departure. Prior to Bernier's demotion - where he also suffered a broken toe - Michalek registered 32 points (11 goals and 21 points) in those 39 games, an average of .82 points per game. Since then, he has registered nine points (four goals and five assists) in 20 games, an average of .45 points a game. If you had previously given up on Michalek, it could be time to add him back to your roster again. He should add 15-20 points to your team for the remainder of the season.

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Feb 3: Michalek netted a goal in the Sharks' 4-2 win over Chicago on Saturday. The goal was Michalek's first in six games, and he seems to have hit the wall after his hot start.

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Jan 19: Michalek scored a goal in San Jose's 5-2 win over Phoenix on Thursday night. The goal was only Michalek's second since December 26th, a span of ten games. Michalek has cooled considerably since his blazing-hot start.

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Jan 11: Michalek returned to the lineup for Wednesday's 3-2 loss to Edmonton. Michalek only received 10 minutes of playing time Wednesday, and it looks like the Sharks are bringing him back slowly.

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Jan 10: Michalek is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Oilers, according to the Contra Costa Times. He's suffering from a groin injury. There are only four games on Wednesday's slate, so hopefully you can look hard and find another option. At least it doesn't sound like Michalek's injury is too serious.

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Jan 6: Michalek (groin) missed Saturday's game against Columbus, reports the Associated Press. He has 11 goals and 32 points on the season but is been mired in a 10-game goal-scoring drought. More as it becomes available.

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Dec 11: Michalek notched a goal and an assist on Monday. The goal was his first since Nov. 21 and the two points on Monday gives him an impressive 27 points in 28 games. Keep him active and if you're in a keeper league, try to get your hands on him.

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Dec 8: Michalek tallied a power play assist in the Sharks' 5-2 loss to the Avs Thursday. Michalek is having a huge year, with nine goals and 16 assists in 26 games after scoring 35 points all of last season. The 22-year-old phenom should be in your lineup every night.

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Nov 29: Michalek (left arm) is back in the lineup Wednesday night against the Wild. Michalek has missed the last three games. Get him into your lineup right away. He will be on a line with Joe Thornton and Mike Grier.

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Nov 27: The Sharks put Michalek on IR, retroactive to Nov. 22, the Associated Press reports. Michalek could return as early as Wednesday's game in Minnesota. The Sharks recalled Josh Gorges to replace him on the roster.

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Nov 25: Michalek (arm) is not expected to play in Saturday night's game against New Jersey. It remains to be seen whether Michalek will be able to play this Tuesday against St. Louis or Wednesday against Minnesota.

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Nov 23: Michalek (arm) missed Wednesday night's game against Los Angeles. He injured the arm when he was checked awkwardly during the third period of Tuesday night's loss to Anaheim, the San Jose Mercury News reports. It is unclear how serious Michalek's arm injury is, and we will have more on the situation as it develops.

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Nov 19: Michalek scored a goal in San Jose's 6-1 win over Philadelphia on Saturday night. Michalek has now scored a point in seven consecutive games.

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Nov 14: Michalek scored a goal in San Jose's 4-2 loss to Los Angeles on Monday night. Not only is Michalek averaging over a point per game, but his +12 rating ranks among the ten best in the league so far this year.

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Nov 10: Michalek handed out three assists in San Jose's 7-3 win over Los Angeles on Thursday night. Michalek has emerged as one of the most consistent scorers in the league, averaging over a point per game through the season's first 17 games.

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Oct 29: Michalek has been moved to a line with Joe Thornton and Jonathan Cheechoo, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Moving to a line with assist-machine Thornton will only serve to increase Michalek's scoring numbers, and he may collect a greater number of assists as well dishing to Thornton and Cheechoo.

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Oct 20: Michalek scored a goal and added two assists in the Sharks' 5-1 win over Detroit on Thursday night. Michalek ranks eighth in the NHL in points thus far, and is off to a torrid start.

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Oct 18: Michalek scored a goal in the Sharks' 2-0 win over Dallas on Tuesday night. Michalek ranks fifth in the league in goals after six games, and should be an every-game starter for any fantasy team at this point.

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Oct 14: Michalek passed for two assists in the Sharks' 6-4 victory over Vancouver on Friday night. Michalek is a must-start in most leagues, as he has pumped in more than a point per game so far this season.

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Oct 9: Michalek posted his third goal of the season on Monday in a 4-1 win over Calgary. Three goals in three games for Michalek as he appears to be meshing very well with Steve Bernier and Patrick Marleau. Keep an eye on this kid as he looks primed for a big year.

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Oct 6: Michalek scored two goals in the Sharks' season-opening win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night. A strong start for the emerging forward, who seems to be adjusting well to playing with Steve Bernier and Patrick Marleau.

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May 14: Michalek (post-concussion) returned to action Sunday and played just under 16 minutes. Michalek looked fine here so look for him to stick on the Patrick Marleau line Wednesday.

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May 13: Michalek (concussion) was a late scratch Friday, the Contra Costa Times reports. "I thought he was going to play until 10 minutes before the game," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. Michalek ended up missing his second consecutive game, and the late scratch only fueled speculation that Michalek has a concussion in addition to a bruised left eye. Ryan Clowe took his spot in the lineup Friday.

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May 7: Michalek registered two points in Sunday's 2-1 win over Edmonton. Michalek has tallied four points in six games, with three of those points coming by way of assists. If Patrick Marleau stays hot, then Michalek will keep on registering points.

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