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, won’t 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, it’s possible that Karlsson won’t play again this year. He is scheduled to suit up for Sweden at the world championships later this month in Slovakia as well.
“It’s just a cut. It didn’t cut into the muscles but it’s still a deep cut, a lot of stitches. You’ve got to make sure you guard against infection and re-opening,” said Senators coach Cory Clouston Friday. “It’s not bad, but it’s not good. He’s lucky. It was a freak accident. He’s lucky it wasn’t worse.”
The Senators could recall Eric Gryba or Andre Benoit to suit up for Karlsson. If it’s 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.
“There’s going to be a lot of nerves. It’s a pretty big stage against Toronto,” said Clouston. “He’s a skilled guy. We’re going to give him an opportunity to play. We just want him to go out there and play as hard as he can.”