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The day most of us have waited for is almost here!

Today, fantasy owners in their semifinal matchup have a pretty good indication if they’ve achieved what they set out to accomplish back in January, making the final in your league. By now, it’s obvious you have a good feel for what your team is all about, and most likely don’t need to tinker with your lineup for the coming week, unless, that is, you have Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson stashed away on your IR.

According to the Ottawa Sun, Karlsson, who is back practicing with the club, may actually get back into game action next weekend when Ottawa plays the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday or Boston Bruins on Sunday. The reigning Norris Trophy winner may not look like the player he was before the Achilles injury he suffered back on February 13th, but with the lack of production on most nights from your third or fourth defenseman, activating Karlsson, (who is still just owned in 41 percent of Yahoo Leagues and 27.4 percent of ESPN Leagues), even if it’s for two games, may be the difference between winning and losing the fantasy season.

Stranger things have happened, but in leagues that include categories such as assists, plus/minus, shots and Power-play points, having Karlsson active can only be a positive. Keep an eye out Thursday or Friday on the news so you can have him back on the roster for the weekend.

The news on teammate Jason Spezza is not so good however, as he may return for the NHL playoffs, but his chances for a return to your lineup in the coming week look to be at zero percent, as per the Senators twitter account.

Top 5 pickups in Yahoo!

1. Justin Faulk (CAR)

2. Zach Bogosian (WPG)

3. Jussi Jokinen (PIT)

4. Anton Khudobin (BOS)

5. Bryan Little (WPG)

Top 5 drops in Yahoo!

1. Brenden Morrow (PIT)

2. Ray Emery (CHI)

3. Michael Ryder (MTL)

4. Kevin Bieksa (VAN)

5. Dennis Wideman (CGY)

If you any fantasy questions this season, let me know in the comment section, and good luck this week.