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Karlsson set for return in front of home crowd

by Erin Nicks /

OTTAWA -- Fresh off a triumphant return to the Ottawa Senators lineup on Thursday, defenseman Erik Karlsson will play in his first home game since Feb. 13, when Matt Cooke's skate cut his left Achilles tendon.

The injury, which required surgery, was estimated to require 4-6 months in recovery time, but the former Norris Trophy winner was able to make a stunning recovery, returning to the lineup in 31 games. Karlsson admitted Saturday morning the Stanley Cup Playoffs served as motivation to return.

"It's the most fun you can have," Karlsson said. "It's what everyone plays for, and it's what everyone wants to be a part of. I was part of missing it one year (when the Senators did not make the postseason in 2010-11) and I've been part of going to the first round (against the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009-10 and New York Rangers in 2011-12) and I know how much fun that was. You build up during the season and hopefully get to the playoffs for a good run."

Here are the projected lines for the Senators and Philadelphia Flyers at Scotiabank Place on Saturday night:


Simon GagneClaude GirouxJakub Voracek

Matt ReadBrayden SchennWayne Simmonds

Scott HartnellSean CouturierDanny Briere

Jay RosehillRuslan FedotenkoAdam Hall

Andreas LiljaErik Gustafsson

Oliver LauridsenLuke Schenn

Matthew KonanBrandon Manning

Steve Mason

Ilya Bryzgalov

Scratched: Kurtis Foster, Mike Knuble, Tye McGinn, Scott Laughton, Jason Akeson, Brian Boucher

Injured: Kent Huskins, Kimmo Timonen


Colin GreeningKyle TurrisDaniel Alfredsson

Milan MichalekMika ZibanejadJakob Silfverberg

Matt KassianZack SmithChris Neil

Cory ConacherJean-Gabriel PageauErik Condra

Marc MethotErik Karlsson

Jared CowenSergei Gonchar

Eric GrybaChris Phillips

Craig Anderson

Robin Lehner

Scratched: Peter Regin, Andre Benoit, Guillaume Latendresse, Mike Lundin, Patrick Wiercioch

Injured: Jason Spezza, Matt Hoffman

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