Senators’ Erik Karlsson ruled out Thursday vs. Bruins

Ottawa will be missing it’s captain when it fights for a playoff spot.

Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson has been ruled out for Thursday’s game against the Bruins with a day to day lower-body injury, coach Guy Boucher announced.

The USA Today report says NHL players will boycott if USA Hockey attempts to use replacement players for the Women’s World Championships, which begin Friday in Plymouth, Mich. The governing body has reportedly been reaching out to potential replacements for several days with little luck.

I don’t know of any player who told USA Hockey, yes, Anya Battaglino, the head of the National Women’s Hockey League Players’ Association, told ESPN.com Friday.

The women’s national team players have been at odds with the governing body for more than a year over compensation and other issues.

The men’s World Championships will be held in France and Germany from May 5-21.

But the latter question is one that will probably go unanswered, because Draisaitl will be handcuffed to McDavid, and head coach Todd McLellan will likely throw away the key, because the success the two have found together makes it clear that it’s at least somewhat of a symbiotic relationship, and Edmonton needs to do whatever it can to put McDavid in a position to succeed, and to keep him happy.

The real trouble and not-so-quiet-anymore question the Oilers will have to answer is how will they flesh out a roster that has committed such a large chunk of its cap space to a relatively small group of players.

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