Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson travels with team
Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean said star defenseman Erik
Karlsson would be in Washington on Thursday night, though a
decision hasn’t been made about putting him in the lineup.
The Norris Trophy winner last season as the NHL’s top
defenseman, Karlsson sustained a serious injury to his Achilles
tendon Feb. 13 when Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke stepped on the back of
his leg. Karlsson was expected to miss the rest of the season
following surgery, but recently returned to practice and was back
with regular defense partner Marc Methot for Wednesday’s skate.
”I think he’s closer,” MacLean said when asked if Karlsson
would play Thursday night against the Capitals. ”But I don’t know
if – there’s always a chance, yes. But at this point he practiced
in a regular turn today so that’s another step in the process and
we’ll see where it goes tomorrow.”