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Neil to return to Senators lineup

by Sean Farrell / NHL.com

Right wing Chris Neil will return to the Ottawa Senators' lineup for the game against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

Neil missed Ottawa's past five games after sustaining a lower-body injury Dec. 30 when he collided with Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.

Canadiens center David Desharnais will be a game-time decision. He was a late scratch with the flu Tuesday in Montreal's 4-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils.

Here are the lineups both teams likely will use Thursday:

CANADIENS

Travis Moen - Tomas Plekanec - Brian Gionta

Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Brendan Gallagher

Rene Bourque - Lars Eller - Daniel Briere

Michael Bournival - Brandon Prust - George Parros

Josh Gorges - P.K. Subban

Andrei Markov - Alexei Emelin

Douglas Murray - Raphael Diaz

Carey Price

Peter Budaj

Scratched: Francis Bouillon

Injured: Davis Drewiske (shoulder), Alex Galchenyuk (hand), Ryan White (upper body)

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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