KANATA, Ont. --
The Ottawa Senators
took to the ice Monday morning in preparation for their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the New York Rangers
, which begins on Thursday at Madison Square Garden in New York.
, who did not play during the last game of the regular season against New Jersey due to an upper-body injury, skated alone prior to practice and participated in the first 15 minutes of drills before leaving the ice. MacLean anticipates that Neil will be ready for Thursday, as does Neil himself.
"I feel pretty good -- went out early, did about 45 minutes … things are looking good for Thursday," he said.
Here are the lines from Monday's practice:
- Jason Spezza
- Colin Greening
- Kyle Turris
- Daniel Alfredsson
- Jesse Winchester
- Chris Neil
- Jim O'Brien
- Kaspars Daugavins
- Erik Karlsson
- Matt Gilroy
- Sergei Gonchar
Defenseman Matt Carkner
did not participate in practice.
"We're obviously excited to get back in the playoffs as you can tell," Jason Spezza
said. "We had a great practice today -- there's a little bit more jump out there and we're just looking forward to getting started. [As for losing the last three games of the regular season], playoffs wipe everything clean. Now it's just looking forward to the first game and getting the momentum."
After completing his season with Djurgårdens IF of the Swedish Elite League, Mika Zibanejad
arrived in Ottawa on Sunday and took part in the morning practice. Zibanejad will to report to Binghamton to play in the team's final two games of the season, however, MacLean said "there's a consideration -- [Zibanejad] would be allowed to play for us [in the postseason] … we just have to be sure that's the right thing to do."