Phillips returns to face Flyers

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:46 PM ET

The guy they call "Philly" is headed to Philly.

The Senators will have veteran defenceman Chris Phillips back in the lineup for the first of a home-and-home series with the Flyers that starts Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia.

Phillips missed Thursday's 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning with a concussion.

"I did a couple of workouts, passed all my tests yesterday, had a good skate today and felt fine after," said Phillips. "I'd say that's cleared to go."

The win over the Lightning came at the halfway mark of the season for the Senators. Surprising to most, it gave them a 21-15-5 record and had them in fifth place as of Friday. If the playoffs were to start now, they'd have a first-round match with the Flyers.

"We're building a foundation and it's moving along," said coach Paul MacLean. "We've played 41 games and we've got 41 to go. A lot can happen. We're just trying to get better everyday."

Craig Anderson will start in goal for the 1 p.m. matinee Saturday, MacLean confirmed.


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