James Neal RW NAS 2 months ago

Neal scored a goal and chipped in an assist, a plus-1 rating and two PIM in Thursday's Game 5 victory over Chicago.

Neal's really come alive over the last two games, as he's celebrated ending a six-game stretch of futility by starting on a goal-scoring streak. His offense has come in fits and starts this season, so it may be advisable to take advantage while Neal is (relatively) hot.

James Neal RW NAS 2 months ago

Neal collected his first point of these playoffs Tuesday in Chicago, scoring a goal to go with a plus-1 rating, two PIM and five hits in a Game 4 loss.

Outstanding work by Neal, who had been on a six-game pointless streak going back to the end of the regular season. Worse, he'd gone minus-6 in that span. It's been a disappointing first year in Nashville for the 27-year-old sniper, who saw an unsurprisingly big reduction in his stats after being traded away from gifted distributors Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. He's now one game away from seeing his season come to an end, as the Preds are in a 3-1 hole.

James Neal RW NAS 3 months ago

Neal returned to the lineup Saturday, potting his 23rd goal of the season and adding an assist in a loss to Dallas.

A terrific return for Neal, who had missed the previous nine games with an upper-body injury. His goal total is good, but his 37 points in 64 games are a bit of a disappointment. With the playoffs right around the corner, Neal will look to finish the regular season on a high note. He's only got 11 goals in 38 career playoff games, but considering the fact he's now skaing on the top line with Mike Ribeiro and Filip Forsberg, he should continue finding twine at a decent rate.

James Neal RW NAS 3 months ago

Neal (upper body) will return to the lineup Saturday against the Stars, NHL.com's Robby Stanley reports.

Neal missed the previous nine games with the injury, but was cleared to play after practicing Thursday and Friday without any apparent setbacks. With 35 points this season and only four on the power play, Neal has been a bit of a disappointment in his first season with the Predators, but it's possible the injury might have impacted his performance over the last few games before he was sidelined. The Predators will attempt to get him back on track right away by slotting him on the top line next to the productive duo of Mike Ribeiro and Filip Forsberg.

James Neal RW NAS 3 months ago

Neal (upper body) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

Coach Peter Laviolette was pleased with how Neal looked during the session. The winger assumed his normal spot on the Preds' first line, and also saw duty in power-play drills, which would seem to suggest he's in line for a return to the lineup Saturday against the Stars. The team probably won't know for certain if Neal will play until after Friday's practice.

James Neal RW NAS 3 months ago

General manager David Poile said that Neal (upper body) won't be able to play until at least Saturday against the Stars, John Glennon of The Tennessean reports.

While Neal will remain out of the lineup for a ninth straight game Tuesday against the Canucks, it appears the Predators are confident that he'll be able to get at least a few matches under his belt before the start of the playoffs. The winger was able to participate in Tuesday's morning skate and should increase his on-ice activity in practices before the week draws to a close.

James Neal RW NAS 3 months ago

Neal (upper body) won't play Sunday against the Flmes, NHL.com's Robby Stanley reports.

Neal, who last suited up on March 12, thus remains day-to-day as Tuesday's game against the Canucks approaches.

James Neal RW NAS 3 months ago

Neal (upper body) is in line to miss the Predators' two-game road trip Thursday in Tampa Bay and Saturday in Washington.

Neal returned to the ice Wednesday for practice, the first time he's skated with the team since sustaining the injury about a week and a half ago. However, the winger will still need more time to demonstrate that he's healthy, making it an easy call for the Predators to rule him out for the trip. If his workouts back in Nashville go well over the next few days, he could be a lineup option for Sunday's tilt with the Flames.

James Neal RW NAS 3 months ago

Neal (upper body) missed practice Monday and remains day-to-day, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.

Neal has been sidelined for over a week with the issue, so day-to-day was not an accurate initial tag. His absence form practice Monday isn't promising, as he will likely need to do so before returning to the lineup. He hasn't officially been ruled out for Tuesday, but chances are that will be the case once again.

James Neal RW NAS 3 months ago

Neal (upper body) is out of the lineup Saturday against the Sabres.

It will be the fourth straight game Neal has missed due to the injury. Neal hasn't been able to skate since the Preds' March 12 game against the Sharks, and there's been no indication as of yet regarding when his return might eventually come.