Phillips 'feeling really good'

Ottawa Senators' defenceman Chris Phillips with his 2 1/2-year-old son Ben. Phillips says he feels...

Ottawa Senators' defenceman Chris Phillips with his 2 1/2-year-old son Ben. Phillips says he feels great and will play in tonight's second-round series opener against the Buffalo Sabres. (Ottawa Sun File Photo/Sean Kilpatrick)

, Last Updated: 4:34 PM ET

Chris Phillips says he is ready to go.

So are the rest of the Senators.

The Senators defenceman told reporters following today's morning skate he's ready to return from a knee injury that kept him out of the series-ending Game 5 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

With the Senators opening Round 2 tonight against the Buffalo Sabres tonight at Scotiabank Place (7 p.m., CBC), Phillips will be a welcome addition. The other ailing Senators defenceman, Brian Pothier (undisclosed injury), will be a game-time decision.

"I'm feeling really good about it," said Phillips this morning. "It's going to be exciting to be in there."

Pothier said he won't know until after the warmup if he is going to be able to suit up.

"This is something where I am just going to have to see how I feel through the course of the day," said Pothier.

Senators coach Bryan Murray said the players are excited to get going after a six-day break following their elimination of the Bolts.

"I feel good. The guys have been working hard and we've had a good break. I think we have shown good focus and that's the key," said Murray.


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