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25 Chris Neil RW
Height/Weight: 6-1/215 | Birthdate: 6/18/1979 | Birthplace: Markdale, Ontario, Canada | Team: Ottawa Senators | College: None | NHL Experience: 12 | Salary: $2,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 8/2 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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4/24/2015

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Chris Neil

Senators' Neil Out Of Lineup Friday

News: Chris Neil will be replaced by Alex Chiasson in the lineup for Friday's Game 5 against the Canadiens.
Analysis: Chiasson skated on the fourth line for the first two games of the series, while Chris Neil got the nod for Games 3 and 4. The Sens will go back to Chiasson for Game 5, but we could still see Neil again this postseason, if Ottawa manages to stave off elimination.

4/14/2015

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Chris Neil

Sens' Neil Cleared To Play

News: Chris Neil (thumb) has been cleared to play during the postseason, Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen reports.
Analysis: Chris Neil was activated from injured reserve in the final week of the regular season, but didn't enter the lineup in any of the Senators' three games. It seems likely that coach Dave Cameron was reluctant to break up a lineup that has been on fire since the All-Star break, and ultimately earned the Senators an improbable playoff berth with a win over the Flyers over the weekend. Neil will remain out of the lineup for Game 1 of the Sens' first-round playoff series against the Canadiens, but should Cameron determine at some point that the team needs of a more agitating presence in the bottom six, the winger's number would likely be called.

4/11/2015

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Chris Neil

Sens' Neil Out For Regular-Season Finale

News: Chris Neil (thumb) will not play in Saturday's regular-season finale against the Flyers, Gord Wilson of TSN 1200 reports.
Analysis: Chris Neil was activated from injured reserve earlier this week after a long absence due to the thumb injury, but with the Senators still fighting for a wild-card spot, coach Dave Cameron hasn't had an opportunity to break the winger back into the lineup. The physical bottom-six forward's next opportunity to play wouldn't come until the playoffs, should the Senators qualify.

4/7/2015

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Chris Neil

Sens Activate Neil From IR

News: Chris Neil (thumb) was activated from injured reserve ahead of Tuesday's game against the Penguins.
Analysis: Chris Neil isn't playing in Tuesday's game, but his return to the lineup could come in one of the Sens' final two games of the regular season. The tough winger has been out since Valentine's Day, when he fractured his thumb in a win over the Oilers.

4/3/2015

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Chris Neil

Sens' Neil Cleared For Contact

News: Coach Dave Cameron said Thursday that Chris Neil (thumb) has been Cleared for contact.
Analysis: Chris Neil has been out since mid-February with the fractured thumb, so he'll require several practices with the team before a return to the lineup will be considered. He could be ready to go at some point during the final week of the season, but with the Senators clawing for a playoff spot, Cameron might be reluctant to change his lineup over the final couple of games.

3/6/2015

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Chris Neil

Sens' Neil Still Wearing Cast

News: Chris Neil is still wearing a cast on his surgically repaired left thumb, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Analysis: The Senators projected Chris Neil to miss 4-to-5 weeks after he underwent surgery Feb. 19, but it appears likely that his absence will extend beyond that timetable. While the Senators remain hopeful Neil will be back before the end of the season, it may be too late for fantasy owners to reap much benefit from him. Thanks to his lousy scoring numbers, Neil is largely a two-category play (hits and PIM) in most formats.

2/20/2015

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Chris Neil

Sens' Neil Out 4-5 Weeks After Thumb Surgery

News: Chris Neil underwent surgery on his left thumb Thursday and is projected to miss 4-to-5 weeks, Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Analysis: The Senators initially pegged Chris Neil to miss 3-to-4 weeks due to the injury, but his timetable will be pushed back an extra week at the recommendation of doctors, who inserted a plate in the thumb. Neil will don a cast for the next two weeks before being reevaluated. Given the length of his timetable and with the Senators wrapping up their schedule in early April, it's possible Neil could be shut down for the season if he doesn't progress as quickly as anticipated.

2/17/2015

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Chris Neil

Sens' Neil Placed On IR

News: Chris Neil (thumb) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.
Analysis: Chris Neil is set to miss the next 3-to-4 weeks with the fractured thumb. The Senators will likely use his roster spot to recall an extra forward as necessary.

2/14/2015

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Chris Neil

Sens' Neil Looking At Absence Of 3-4 Weeks

News: Chris Neil is expected to miss at least 3-to-4 weeks due to the fractured left thumb he suffered in Saturday's 7-2 win over the Oilers, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Analysis: The Senators tough guy paid a heavy price for his fight with the Oilers' Luke Gazdic, likely closing the door on any speculation that he'll be dealt before the Mar. 2 trade deadline. Chris Neil will meet with a specialist within the next few days to determine if surgery on the thumb is necessary; if so, it would lengthen his timetable by several more weeks. The team could recall an extra forward from AHL Binghamton prior to Monday's game against the Hurricanes to cover for Neil's absence.

2/14/2015

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Chris Neil

Sens' Neil Out Indefinitely After Fracturing Thumb

News: Chris Neil suffered a fractured left thumb in Saturday's 7-2 win over the Oilers and has been listed as out indefinitely.
Analysis: Chris Neil likely sustained the injury during his fight with Luke Gazdic, which earned him a five-minute penalty. It's an unfortunate development for the Senators, who were rumored to be in pursuit of trading Neil prior to the deadline. The team should provide a more concrete timetable for Neil's recovery in the coming days.

1/19/2015

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Chris Neil

Sens Activate Neil (Knee) From IR

News: Chris Neil (knee) was officially activated from injured reserve Monday.
Analysis: This further verifies that Chris Neil will return to the Ottawa lineup Tuesday, as coach Dave Cameron alluded to following Monday's practice. Neil, who offers more impact in the hits and PIM categories than as a scorer, last played Dec. 11.

1/19/2015

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Chris Neil

Sens' Neil Ready To Return

News: Chris Neil (knee) is slated to return to the Ottawa lineup Tuesday against the Rangers.
Analysis: Chris Neil is thus slated to be activated off IR in advance of Tuesday's contest, a transaction of note for those who miss his PIM. In 28 games this season, Neil has recorded seven points and 49 penalty minutes.

1/4/2015

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Chris Neil

Sens' Neil (Knee) Skates Sunday

News: Chris Neil (knee) was on the ice for morning skate Sunday, Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen reports.
Analysis: Chris Neil was placed on injured reserve Dec. 13 and hasn't returned to game action since. The absence of he and Zack Smith (wrist) have left the Senators with few enforcers in the bottom six, but it appears as though Neil is making progress towards a return.

12/16/2014

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Chris Neil

Sens' NeiI Expected To Miss Couple Weeks

News: Chris Neil (knee) is expected to miss at least a couple of weeks, Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen reports.
Analysis: Chris Neil was placed on the team's injured list over the weekend after he suffered the injury in Thursday's loss to the Kings. The Senators are woefully short on physical hitters in their bottom-six forwards at the moment, as the long-term absences of Neil and Zack Smith (wrist) have created a major void.

12/13/2014

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Chris Neil

Sens Place Neil On IR

News: Chris Neil (knee) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.
Analysis: Chris Neil is being labeled as week-to-week with the injury, so by placing the winger on IR, the Senators can open up an extra roster spot while he recovers. Neil had only seven points in 28 games, but with 101 hits on the season, he's about as physical a player as any on the team.

12/11/2014

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Chris Neil

Sens' Neil Week-To-Week With Knee Injury

News: Chris Neil is considered week-to-week with a knee injury he suffered Thursday against the Kings, Steve Lloyd of TSN 1200 reports.
Analysis: Chris Neil's injury was initially listed as lower body, but assistant coach Dave Cameron specified that it was a knee injury that obviously is pretty severe. Unless Clarke MacArthur is able to return Saturday, the Senators with need to make a move to add depth at forward.

11/28/2014

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Chris Neil

Sens' Neil Posts Big Numbers In Loss To Panthers

News: Chris Neil recorded a goal and an assist during Friday's 3-2 loss to the Panthers. He also chipped in with five three shots on goal, seven hits, five penalty minutes and a blocked shot.
Analysis: It was a rare, multi-category night for Chris Neil, who is typically known for his PIMs and not much else, having failed to crack the 20-point plateau in three of the past four seasons. Enjoy the power surge while it lasts, because it won't.

11/8/2014

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Chris Neil

Sens' Neil Gets Goal, But Where Are The PIMs?

News: Chris Neil picked up his first point in eight games when he scored a power-play goal in Saturday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Jets.
Analysis: His fantasy value has sunk like a stone this season -- he has just 18 PIM in 13 games, a pace that would see him register his lowest PIM total in his career (even lower than the lockout year). He's never going to be a scoring star, so go find someone else to deliver your sin bin points.

10/18/2014

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Chris Neil

Sens' Neil: Three Points In Last Two Games

News: Chris Neil picked up two assists in Saturday's win over Columbus.
Analysis: He now has three points (one goal, two assists) in his last two games. Chris Neil is a guy who when "on" can deliver you with big hits and big PIMs, along with about 20 points a season.

4/14/2014

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Chris Neil

Sens' Neil Brought Physical Presence

News: Chris Neil finished the 2013-14 season with eight goals, six assists, and 211 PIM in 76 games.
Analysis: He doesn't provide much offensively, but Chris Neil's 211 PIM put him in second place in the entire NHL. He'll be back next season to fill the same role as a veteran depth winger.

3/10/2014

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Chris Neil

Sens' Neil Racking Up PIM

News: Chris Neil has eight goals, four assists and 136 PIM in 58 games this season.
Analysis: He's not very productive offensively, but his 136 PIM rank third in the NHL to date, so owners who need help in that category should consider going after Chris Neil.

2/1/2014

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Chris Neil

Sens' Neil: Two Goals And A Helper

News: Chris Neil factored in every Ottawa goal in a 6-3 loss to Toronto on Saturday. He scored twice and added an assist, and was also plus-3 in the loss.
Analysis: He's better known for his hits/PIM production, but games like Saturday prove he's more than just a pylon who can punch. Take advantage of this little burst, but keep the leash short and tight.

1/18/2014

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Chris Neil

Sens' Neil Will Play Saturday

News: Chris Neil (lower body) will be in the lineup Saturday against the Rangers.
Analysis: Chris Neil will replace Matt Kassian on the fourth line as he makes his first appearance since December 30. Neil has five goals and one assist this season to go along with 99 PIM. He'll return to being an everyday player now that he's healthy.

1/16/2014

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Chris Neil

Senators' Neil Will Not Play Thursday

News: Chris Neil (lower body) will not play in Thursday's game against the Canadiens.
Analysis: Chris Neil was initially going to be in the lineup but instead was a late scratch for the Senators. Look for him to return to the lineup in the relatively soon for the Senators.

1/16/2014

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Chris Neil

Sens' Neil Back In Lineup Thursday

News: Chris Neil (lower body) will return to the lineup Thursday vs. the Canadiens, Ian Mendes of the Ottawa Citizen reports.
Analysis: Chris Neil had been a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Wild before coach Paul MacLean ultimately decided not to use him. With an additional day to recover from the lower-body injury, Neil is now set to make his first appearance for the Senators since Dec. 30.