Chris Neil RW OTT 1 month ago

Neil will be replaced by Alex Chiasson in the lineup for Friday's Game 5 against the Canadiens.

Chiasson skated on the fourth line for the first two games of the series, while Neil got the nod for Games 3 and 4. The Sens will go back to Chiasson for Game 5, but we could still see Neil again this postseason, if Ottawa manages to stave off elimination.

Chris Neil RW OTT 2 months ago

Neil (thumb) has been cleared to play during the postseason, Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen reports.

Neil was activated from injured reserve in the final week of the regular season, but didn't enter the lineup in any of the Senators' three games. It seems likely that coach Dave Cameron was reluctant to break up a lineup that has been on fire since the All-Star break, and ultimately earned the Senators an improbable playoff berth with a win over the Flyers over the weekend. Neil will remain out of the lineup for Game 1 of the Sens' first-round playoff series against the Canadiens, but should Cameron determine at some point that the team needs of a more agitating presence in the bottom six, the winger's number would likely be called.

Chris Neil RW OTT 2 months ago

Neil (thumb) will not play in Saturday's regular-season finale against the Flyers, Gord Wilson of TSN 1200 reports.

Neil was activated from injured reserve earlier this week after a long absence due to the thumb injury, but with the Senators still fighting for a wild-card spot, coach Dave Cameron hasn't had an opportunity to break the winger back into the lineup. The physical bottom-six forward's next opportunity to play likely won't come until the playoffs, should the Senators qualify.

Chris Neil RW OTT 2 months ago

Neil (thumb) was activated from injured reserve ahead of Tuesday's game against the Penguins.

Neil isn't playing in Tuesday's game, but his return to the lineup could come in one of the Sens' final two games of the regular season. The tough winger has been out since Valentine's Day, when he fractured his thumb in a win over the Oilers.

Chris Neil RW OTT 2 months ago

Coach Dave Cameron said Thursday that Neil (thumb) has been Cleared for contact.

Neil has been out since mid-February with the fractured thumb, so he'll require several practices with the team before a return to the lineup will be considered. He could be ready to go at some point during the final week of the season, but with the Senators clawing for a playoff spot, Cameron might be reluctant to change his lineup over the final couple of games.

Chris Neil RW OTT 3 months ago

Neil is still wearing a cast on his surgically-repaired left thumb, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.

The Senators projected Neil to miss 4-to-5 weeks after he underwent surgery Feb. 19, but it appears likely that his absence will extend beyond that timetable. While the Senators remain hopeful Neil will be back before the end of the season, it may be too late for fantasy owners to reap much benefit from him. Thanks to his lousy scoring numbers, Neil is largely a two-category play (hits and PIM) in most formats.

Chris Neil RW OTT 3 months ago

Neil underwent surgery on his left thumb Thursday and is projected to miss 4-to-5 weeks, Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun reports.The Senators initially pegged Neil to miss 3-to-4 weeks due to the injury, but his timetable will be pushed back an extra week at the recommendation of doctors, who inserted a plate in the thumb. Neil will don a cast for the next two weeks before being reevaluated. Given the length of his timetable and with the Senators wrapping up their schedule in early April, it's possible Neil could be shut down for the season if he doesn't progress as quickly as anticipated.

Chris Neil RW OTT 3 months ago

Neil (thumb) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.Neil is set to miss the next 3-to-4 weeks with the fractured thumb. The Senators will likely use his roster spot to recall an extra forward as necessary.

Chris Neil RW OTT 3 months ago

Neil is expected to miss at least 3-to-4 weeks due to the fractured left thumb he suffered in Saturday's 7-2 win over the Oilers, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.The Senators' tough guy paid a heavy price for his fight with the Oilers' Luke Gazdic, likely closing the door on any speculation that he'll be dealt before the Mar. 2 trade deadline. Neil will meet with a specialist over the next weeks to determine if surgery on the thumb is necessary; if so, it would lengthen his timetable by several more weeks. The team could recall an extra forward from AHL Binghamton prior to Monday's game against the Hurricanes to cover from Neil's absence.

Chris Neil RW OTT 3 months ago

Neil (fractured thumb) is out indefinitely.Neil likely suffered the injury during his fight with Luke Gazdic on Saturday. It's an unfortunate development for the Senators who, due to their poor standing in the the Atlantic Division, were considering moving Neil before the NHL's trade deadline. The team should provide a more concrete timetable for Neil's recovery in the coming days.