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Ottawa Senators May Get Erik Karlsson Back During NHL Playoffs

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The Ottawa Senators have positioned themselves in a place where they could make a decent run in the upcoming NHL playoffs. It also appears that the team may be getting one of their stars back in the playoffs as well. There have been reports over the last couple days that Erik Karlsson could return during the playoffs. Karlsson was injured on Feb. 22 when his Achilles tendon was torn by a skate. It was reported at that time that it would be between four and six months for recovery.

It is stunning that Karlsson is even this close to a return two months after the injury. He may begin practicing as early as next week according to general manager Bryan Murray. Karlsson had ten points in 14 games before the injury, and you have to think about his age may have a factor in this recovery. He is only 22 years old, and everyone knows that the body heals quickly when you are younger. It is still an Achilles injury though, and just being able to have the ability to practice two months later shocks me.

The Senators are in sixth place in the Eastern Conference heading into Thursday’s action. They still have some work to do, but I figure they will make it into the playoffs. The return of Karlsson, however, could make Ottawa a much more difficult team to eliminate. We will have to wait and see if Karlsson actually does return or not, but just the chance of it happening should bring promise to the Senators.

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