Cut knocks Karlsson out of lineup

Erik Karlsson has been sidelined for Saturday's game against Toronto due to a deep cut on his leg....

Erik Karlsson has been sidelined for Saturday's game against Toronto due to a deep cut on his leg. (File photo)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 4:46 PM ET

The Senators will have to shuffle the deck again.

Defenceman Erik Karlsson, who cut his leg Thursday in a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers, wonít suit up Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs, which means the club will have to recall a blueliner.

With only a week to go in the season, itís possible that Karlsson wonít play again this year. He is scheduled to suit up for Sweden at the world championships later this month in Slovakia as well.

ďItís just a cut. It didnít cut into the muscles but itís still a deep cut, a lot of stitches. Youíve got to make sure you guard against infection and re-opening,Ē said Senators coach Cory Clouston Friday. ďItís not bad, but itís not good. Heís lucky. It was a freak accident. Heís lucky it wasnít worse.Ē

The Senators could recall Eric Gryba or Andre Benoit to suit up for Karlsson. If itís Gryba, this would be a chance for him to make his NHL debut.

The Senators will have winger Stephane Da Costa make his debut against the Leafs. He was on the ice Friday at the Bell Sensplex after signing a two-year deal with the club Thursday as a free agent from Merrimack University in New Hampshire.

The Senators are excited to see what Da Costa can do.

ďThereís going to be a lot of nerves. Itís a pretty big stage against Toronto,Ē said Clouston. ďHeís a skilled guy. Weíre going to give him an opportunity to play. We just want him to go out there and play as hard as he can.Ē


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