Posted April 26, 2013 on AP on Fox

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 18: Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on December 18, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Ottawa Senators could finish as high as fifth in the Eastern Conference or as low as eighth, but they're just happy being in the playoffs. Having reigning Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson back is nice, too. Ottawa will try to avoid a season-high third straight home loss Saturday night against a Philadelphia Flyers team that's closing out a non-playoff season on a surge. Back after missing 31 games with a lacerated Achilles' tendon, Karlsson set up two goals - one of them Sergei Gonchar's winner - in a 2-1 overtime victory at Washington on Thursday. That helped the Senators (24-16-6) clinch a playoff berth and move into sixth in the East. Should Ottawa finish in that spot, it would open against the Capitals. The Senators, though, could also overtake fifth-place Toronto or get passed by the New York Rangers and Islanders. "This is what you fight for all year - to get into the playoffs,'' captain Daniel Alfredsson said. "No matter who you play, it's going to be a tough serie...
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