Neil could be back Saturday

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:41 PM ET

Chris Neil took a step in the right direction today.

While he won't suit up tomorrow against the Atlanta Thrashers at Scotiabank Place, Neil practised with the team and could return as early as Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"I was feeling pretty good out there. I was confident enough to stay out there with the big boys," said Neil. "It was good to be out there with the guys and it was a little motivation. It was a big step."

The Senators did get some good news. Defenceman Alex Picard, who didn't play Saturday because of a wrist injury, will be in the lineup along with winger Shean Donovan, who was out with a shoulder injury.

Goaltender Alex Auld will make his ninth straight start.


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