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Neal found the net on his only shot on goal in Thursday's loss to the Blues.

Neal hasn't quite been the premier sniper the Predators thought they had acquired in June, but he's been plenty productive in his first season in Music City. He's notched 15 goals and 27 points in 40 games, with his plus-16 rating ranking 17th in the NHL.

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Neal potted two goals and had five shots on goal in Friday's win over the Capitals.

Neal has four points in two games since returning from a lower-body injury. The 27-year-old has 15 goals and 27 points in 37 games on the season, to go with an impressive plus-17 rating. Neal, who has four game-winning goals and 124 shots on goal this season, is back to full health and skating on the second line, making him an automatic roll every game. On pace for 30 goals and 55 points, the former Penguin is an elite sniper and a big reason why the Predators are leading the NHL with 64 points.

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Neal picked up two assists, a plus-1 rating and two PIM in his return from injured reserve Tuesday, contributing to a 5-1 win over the Canucks.

It's his first game of 2015 after a lower-body ailment made him miss the Preds' last five. Neal has unsurprisingly seen a decline in his scoring rate this year, but the Preds have been excellent, so he remains a strong fantasy asset for his combination of points, plus-minus and PIM.

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Neal (lower body) was activated from injured reserve and will play Tuesday against the Canucks, Maren Angus of The Tennessean reports.

The lower-body injury kept Neal unavailable for each of the Preds' previous five games. He was cleared to play after rejoining the team for practice Monday. Look for Neal to skate on the team's second line with Mike Fisher and Colin Wilson during Tuesday's tilt.

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Neal (lower body) skated with Mike Fisher and Colin Wilson at Monday's practice, NHL.com's Robby Stanley reports.

More on Neal's status as Tuesday's game against the Canucks approaches, but Monday's practice participation bodes well for his chances of suiting up for the contest.

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Neal (lower body) will not return to action Saturday against the Wild, Eric Stromgren of The Tennessean reports.

Despite practicing Friday, Neal will not be accompanying the Predators for the trip to Minnesota. Instead, he'll continue to skate on his own Saturday before likely rejoining the team for practice Sunday. Neal looks on track to return to the lineup Tuesday versus the Canucks.

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Neal (lower body) is practicing Friday, Eric Stromgren of the Tennessean reports.

Neal has missed the last four games, and while he was recently placed on injured reserve, he's still eligible to return for Saturday's contest in Minnesota. The return to practice is a sign of progress, so Neal may stand a chance to play in Tuesday's game against the Canucks, even if he ends up missing Saturday's game.

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Neal (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Thursday.

The Predators have not provided much in terms of details regarding Neal's status, but his placement on injured reserve rules him out for a fourth straight game Thursday. He will be eligible to return at any point having already been out more than a week, but it remains to be seen how much longer he will be sidelined.

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Neal (lower body) appears set to miss Tuesday's game against the Hurricanes.

Neal remained off the ice for the Preds' morning skate, suggesting he'll head to the press box for a third straight contest. The team appears to be viewing the winger as day-to-day, but his inability to skate for nearly a week would seem to suggest otherwise. He'll need to show some signs of progress quickly in order to avoid landing on IR.

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Neal (lower body) is not playing in Sunday's game against the Ducks.

Neal will miss a second straight game, marking just his third absence of the season. He ranks fifth on the Predators with 23 points, but he leads the team in both shots on goal (118) and penalty minutes (37).