Morning skate update: Michalek joins Spezza and Alfredsson on top trio

Ottawa Senators winger Milan Michalek, who was leading the NHL in goals when he suffered a concussion earlier this month, will get a chance Tuesday to pick up right where he left off.

Morning skate update: Michalek joins Spezza and Alfredsson on top trio
Matt Puempel. (Julie Oliver/OttawaCitizen)

Ottawa Senators winger Milan Michalek, who was leading the NHL in goals when he suffered a concussion earlier this month, will get a chance Tuesday to pick up right where he left off.

Coach Paul MacLean is putting his big three together, adding Michalek to a line with Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson for the team’s game against the Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Place.

“Why not?” MacLean said following the morning skate. “They’re three of our best forwards and we’ve always had that opportunity — we’ve done it during some of the games after penalty kills and whatnot.”

MacLean made the move to preserve the budding chemistry between second line centre Kyle Turris and Bobby Butler, electing to keep them together with Nick Foligno.

Meanwhile, defenceman Chris Phillips will sit this one out as he recovers from a minor tweak suffered Dec. 23 against the Carolina Hurricanes.

MacLean didn’t elaborate on what was wrong with Phillips, but said it wasn’t serious the team was just being cautious.

The Senators are looking to bounce back from an overtime loss in Carolina, while the Canadiens are in complete free-fall. They’ve lost five straight and remain winless under new coach Randy Cunneyworth.

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