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Karlsson scored the overtime-winner and had eight shots on goal in Sunday's win over Vancouver.

A clutch effort from Karlsson, who now has a point in three straight games and is up to 20 points (seven goals) in 27 games on the season. While he may be hard-pressed to match last season's 74 points, Karlsson should still net 20 goals in 2014-15. He's one of the best fantasy defensemen around. You know what to do.

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Karlsson scored his sixth goal of the year and added an assist in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Red Wings. He also fired four shots on goal.

That's 16 points in 20 games for the Swedish stud, whose whopping 81 shots tie him for third overall in the NHL. Karlsson is essentially a forward playing defense -- and a good one at that -- so owners can bank on high-end production all season long. Enjoy.

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Karlsson scored a power-play goal in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Blues.

It was Karlsson's five marker of the season, giving him a point in each of the Sens' last three games. Karlsson's 14 points rank sixth among all NHL blueliners, but he's a whopping nine points behind the leader, Calgary's Mark Giordano.

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Karlsson finished Saturday's game against the Bruins with a team-worst minus-4 rating and three giveaways.

While plus/minus rating is far from a perfect statistic to gauge a player's performance, Karlsson's minus-4 Saturday was well-deserved. His turnover in the second period resulted in Matt Fraser's first goal of the evening, and his poor defensive positioning a few minutes later resulted in Fraser's second snipe. Karlsson then carelessly gave away the puck in the third period, resulting in an uncontested blast from the point by Dennis Seidenberg for Boston's fourth goal. The blueliner is a breathtaking talent on the offensive end and an asset for fantasy owners, but as Saturday's performance showed, he's occasionally liable to cost the Senators a game.

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Karlsson and the Senators will not play Wednesday after their scheduled game against the Maple Leafs was postponed in light of the ongoing crisis in Ottawa, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

Multiple gunmen reportedly fired shots Wednesday morning in the downtown area of the Canadian capital, with one shooter dead and possibly one or more still at large. With several government buildings on lockdown, safety will understandably take greater precedence than proceeding with the game as scheduled. The NHL has yet to announce a make-up date for the postponed contest.

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Karlsson tallied his second goal of the season in Saturday's victory over the Blue Jackets.

Karlsson's marker staked the Senators to a short-lived 2-0 lead, while giving the defenseman four points in five games. Another season as the top fantasy blueliner looks to be in the cards for Karlsson.

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Karlsson picked up his first goal of the season in Saturday's shootout win over Tampa Bay.

The bottom line in Ottawa is quite simple -- the team's offense is run by and runs through Mr. Karlsson. He probably won't deliver a near point-per-game pace like he did pre-Achillies injury, but he'll still lead all blueliners in scoring.

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The Senators named Karlsson as the new team captain Thursday.

The news comes as sort of a surprise considering most people thought veteran defenseman Chris Phillips would be the new captain, but Karlsson is certainly a longer term solution. The announcement shows that the team's management is committed to rebuilding, and turning their attention to the future leaders of the organization like Karlsson, Bobby Ryan, and Kyle Turris, rather than trying to hang on to past success. Karlsson is in line for another big year for his first season with the "C," as he'll try to improve on his 2013-14 campaign in which he racked up 20 goals and 54 assists in 82 games.

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With Jason Spezza expected to be traded at some point, the Ottawa Senators' next captain could be defenseman Erik Karlsson.

The 24-year-old still has some growing to do on and off the ice, but becoming a leader on the team might help speed up the process. Karlsson was excellent offensively in 2013-14, with 20 goals and 74 points in 82 games, but he defensive play still suffers at times and coach Paul MacLean described it as "shoddy" a few weeks ago.

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Although he registered an extremely impressive 74 points this season to lead all defencemen in scoring, Erik Karlsson was criticized by his coach Paul MacLean for his defensive play.

MacLean attributed some of Karlsson's sub-standard play to his recovery from an Achilles injury but he didn't let Karlsson off the hook entirely. "Offensively, he's gifted. Defensively, his competitiveness was hampered by his continuous recovery from his Achilles tendon injury he had last year," MacLean said. "He's not a big guy so he has to depend on his skating ability and stability on his skates and he didn't have a lot of confidence in that. In saying that, it can't be an excuse for some of the shoddy play he had during the season. He is our best player and moving forward he's going to be an important part of what we do." It will be interesting to see if Karlsson reacts positively to this tough love approach.