WASHINGTON, D.C. - Erik Karlsson has completed his miraculous road to recovery.
The Senators' top defenceman confirmed Thursday he’ll make his return from a lacerated Achillies tendon tonight against the Washington Capitals. The injury was suffered 10 weeks ago after his tendon was sliced by the skate of Pittsburgh Penguins winger Matt Cooke.
Karlsson told reporters after the morning skate he is ready to play. He took a regular shift with defence partner Marc Methot in the morning skate and took the stretch.
“I’m in tonight,” said Karlsson. “I’m feeling good lately and I think it’s about time to play some hockey again.
“I’ve been away for awhile. All the other guys are up to pace. For me, it’s about trying to find the feeling that I had before and just get the pace in me. Just trying to be focused and trying to play well.”
Karlsson said he's confident he's ready for game action.