NEW YORK - Erik Karlsson is ready to return.
The Senators' top defenceman was on the ice Thursday morning and will be in the lineup against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
Karlsson, 21, the NHL’s highest scoring defenceman with 41 points in 43 games, took part in the warmup in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, but the decision was made just before the 5-1 victory to dress rugged blueliner Matt Carkner instead.
MacLean said the mysterious “upper body” injury was something Karlsson suffered getting ready to play.
"I feel a lot better," said Karlsson Thursday morning. "Everything is going as planned and I should be ready.
"It happened during the warmup last game. I had a little tweak and it didn't feel good at all. I've had it before. We just thought we'd play it safe."
The big news out of Rangers camp is Wojtek Wolski may play for the Rangers. He hasn't faced the Senators since he hit Daniel Alfredsson and caused him to have a concussion on Oct. 29.
Wolski, who could play if Brandon Dubinsky doesn't go, could be forced to answer for his hit.
Goalie Craig Anderson will make his sixth consecutive start. Game time from MSG is 7 p.m.