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Senators star defenceman Erik Karlsson out for key game in Boston

Senators captain Karlsson out against Bruins

BOSTON — The Ottawa Senators will be without their captain as they try to lock down a playoff spot tonight in Boston.

Senators head coach Guy Boucher says star defenceman Erik Karlsson will miss Ottawa’s game against the Bruins with a lower-body injury.

Karlsson was hurt after blocking a shot in a game last week against Philadelphia. He missed two games before returning for Ottawa’s home-and-home series against Detroit.

The Senators enter tonight’s game in second place in the Atlantic Division, tied on points with Boston and one up on Toronto.

A point against the Bruins will guarantee a playoff spot for Ottawa. If the Senators lose in regulation, they can still get in if the New York Islanders lose at Carolina at Tampa Bay loses at Toronto.

 

The Canadian Press