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Neil returns for Ottawa against Rangers

Saturday, 01.18.2014 / 2:43 PM

By Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Neil returns for Ottawa against Rangers

OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators right wing Chris Neil will be back in the lineup for the game against the New York Rangers on Saturday (2 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, CBC).

Neil originally was supposed to return from a lower-body injury Thursday but was a late scratch from Ottawa's 5-4 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

The 34-year-old Neil has missed the Senators' past six games. He has not played since he was injured Dec. 30 in a collision with Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.

Left wing Matt Kassian will be left out of the lineup, which otherwise remains unchanged from the squad coach Paul MacLean dressed Thursday.

Craig Anderson will make his 11th start in 13 games.

Rookie New York goalie Cam Talbot will face Ottawa for the first time. Otherwise Rangers coach Alain Vigneault is going with the same lineup he used Thursday in a 1-0 win against the Detroit Red Wings.

Here are the projected lineups for the Rangers and Senators:

RANGERS

Chris Kreider - Derek Stepan - Rick Nash

Carl Hagelin - Brad Richards - Ryan Callahan

Benoit Pouliot - Derick Brassard - Mats Zuccarello

Daniel Carcillo - Brian Boyle - Dominic Moore

Dan Girardi - Ryan McDonagh

Anton Stralman - Marc Staal

John Moore - Michael Del Zotto

Henrik Lundqvist

Cam Talbot

Scratched: Justin Falk

Injured: Derek Dorsett (broken fibula)

SENATORS

Colin Greening - Jason Spezza - Mark Stone

Clarke MacArthur - Kyle Turris - Bobby Ryan

Erik Condra - Zack Smith - Chris Neil

Milan Michalek - Mika Zibanejad - Cory Conacher

Jared Cowen - Erik Karlsson

Chris Phillips - Cody Ceci

Marc Methot - Eric Gryba

Craig Anderson

Robin Lehner

Scratched: Patrick Wiercioch, Joe Corvo, Matt Kassian

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I definitely think going back down helped me, I had a lot of confidence down there, I played a lot of minutes and I think that helped me a lot. With the 37 games up here, that gave me experience as well. I know what it takes to play in the NHL and now it's time for me to show that I'm capable of being a full-time NHL player.

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