Neil had a goal, an assist and fought Jordin Tootoo to complete the Gordie Howe hat trick in Thursday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Devils. The points were Neil's first two of the season, as the rugged winger really made good use of the 6:17 of ice time. Games like these won't be common for Neil, so no need to go adding him yet.
Neil has been noticeably quiet in the first two games of the regular season. The veteran winger has zero points and only 16:56 seconds of ice-time total. Neil continues to hang onto to the Senators roster by a thread. Neil is valued for giving extra rest to the top three lines by remaining strong on the puck and limiting turnovers. Neil currently has a zero plus/minus rating.
Chris Neil was held out of practice Monday, as he was "banged up," Steve Lloyd of TSN 1200 reports.
Chris Neil will be replaced by Alex Chiasson in the lineup for Friday's Game 5 against the Canadiens.
Chris Neil (thumb) has been cleared to play during the postseason, Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen reports.
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