Chris Neil (undisclosed) practiced Tuesday and is cleared to play in Wednesday's Game 4.
Neil left Sunday's Game 3 during the second overtime session, but the Sens said Tuesday that Neil could've returned if the game had gone longer. We expect he'll be in the lineup again Wednesday night as the Senators try to even the series.
Eric Gryba (upper body) didn't practice Tuesday and there's no timetable for his return.
Gryba hasn't been on the ice since colliding with Brooks Orpik in the second period of Game 1. He's expected to practice with the team Wednesday morning, but that doesn't mean he's ready to return to the lineup. We should know more after tomorrow's morning skate.
Chris Neil had to be helped off the ice in the second overtime session Sunday night, but his status wasn't updated Monday.
"Nothing to update," said coach Paul MacLean about Neil after the Ottawa tough guy wasn't at the rink on Monday. If he's not available to play in Game 4 Wednesday then Matt Kassian or Guillaume Latendresse are the likeliest candidates to replace him.
Jason Spezza reported no ill effects after playing in his first game in Sunday since having back surgery.
"I feel good," Spezza said Monday. "To play a double-overtime game and coming out no worse for wear is definitely positive for me and encouraging that I made the right decision [to play]. I took a pretty good pounding and played more than we had initially planned, but it's all positive and I hope to get even better as we go on." He was nailed on a big hit from Pittsburgh's Craig Adams in the first overtime session, which proved to be a good test.
Daniel Alfredsson has been tabbed as a finalist for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award.
The award is presented to "the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season." He is up for the honor along with Chicago's Jonathan Toews and Los Angeles' Dustin Brown. Alfredsson is the league's longest-serving active captain and he's involved in several charities, including the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa which he has supported for the past 10 seasons.
Jason Spezza logged 18:40 of ice time in his return to Ottawa's lineup Sunday night in Game 3.
He won 60 percent of his faceoffs and posted four shots after being sidelined since Jan. 27 due to a back injury which required surgery. Spezza understands that even though he feels much better, back issues can be something that linger. "It's better than before I had surgery, but it's going to take awhile before I feel 100 percent," he said. "Once you have back problems, they never really leave you. It's kind of a daily grind. I've done exercises every day for the last six years. My wife doesn't like when I have to sit on the floor and stretch instead of sitting on the couch with her. I wouldn't wish back pain on my worst enemy."