Mar. 5, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) gets hit in the face with a puck from the against the Philadelphia Flyers during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Rangers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Injury Update: Erik Karlsson, Jason Spezza, and Marc Staal [Updated April 20]

Feb 13, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) is helped off the ice after being injured during the second period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

April 20: Karlsson participated in practice yesterday. Still no timeline on his return.

April 18: Some exciting news was reported by the Ottawa Sun today. Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray said that Erik Karlsson could resume practicing with the team next week. Karlsson has been skating on his own for the past 3 weeks. A return for the playoffs is a possibility but there will be no definite timeline on his return until he is practicing with the team. Murray told the Sun what it would take to have him back in the line up:

 “He has to be cleared by doctors before that would happen,” said Murray. “He will know. We will know. Before we go to the next step he will be checked again by doctors and make sure that the healing has taken place.”

Another report on the Senators injured came fro the team’s twitter account yesterday. Jason Spezza is did an off-ice workout yesterday, which is a good sign, but there is still no possible  return date.

Andrew Gross had a lot to say on twitter regarding Marc Staal‘s progress. There is still no update as to when he will return to the New York Rangers lineup. He is still working on adjusting to his blurred vision. Gross even spoke with Staal’s teammate Ryan McDonagh:

Staal needs to feel safe on the ice before he returns, he needs to be able to see the puck when it is rimmed and dumped into the zone. He has also been working on adjustments off-ice as well. He says he can read again but he is still working on driving.

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