Neil expected to play Thursday

Although Senators winger Chris Neil missed the team's season finale against New Jersey Saturday, he is expected to return to the lineup Thursday when Ottawa faces New York in the first game of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden.

"I'm feeling pretty good. Things are looking good for Thursday," Neil said, according to the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch. "Just wanted to make sure I'm going to be 100 per cent for Thursday. That's the goal."

Neil was scratched Saturday after sustaining an injury during the Senators practice Friday, when he tripped over goaltender Ben Bishop and crashed into the boards.

The 32-year-old Neil has 13 goals and 15 assists in 72 games this season for the Senators.