Senators get Neil back

Chris Neil is cleared to play tonight against the Bruins. (Sun Media/Tony Caldwell)

Chris Neil is cleared to play tonight against the Bruins. (Sun Media/Tony Caldwell)

DON BRENNAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:34 PM ET

BOSTON -- Chris Neil will be back in the lineup tonight when the Senators play the Bruins.

The rugged right winger, who has missed the last 15 games with a lacerated calf, will play on the fourth line as Ottawa attempts to extend its winning streak to five games against the Eastern Conference-leading Bruins.

Coach Cory Clouston said this morning that Neil will replace Shean Donovan, who becomes a healthy scratch, rather than Binghamton callup Peter Regin. Clouston likes the job Regin has done at centre.

The Senators will also tinker with a winning formula by using Alex Auld in goal tonight. Auld hasn't played since Mar. 3, when he left a game against Calgary after two periods with the flu.

Meanwhile, defenceman Filip Kuba will miss his third game recovering from illness. Kuba is expected to be back Saturday, when the Senators visit Pittsburgh.

As for tonight's opponents, Clouston said it's important for the Senators not to spend too much attention looking at the standings.

"We have to make sure we don't over estimate the opponent," he said of the first place Bs. "We know they're a good team, but we've got to believe in ourselves."

Tim Thomas is expected to start in goal for Boston.


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