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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).

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Neal (lower body) will sit out Saturday's game against the Kings, Dennis Bernstein of The Fourth Period reports.

Neal's status for Saturday's game was in some question after he missed Friday's practice, and it looks like the Predators will err on the side of caution by resting him. The winger previous missed a game due to illness, but has otherwise been a picture of health in his first season with the Predators. With Neal unavailable, look for both of Saturday's call-ups, Viktor Stalberg and Miikka Salomaki, to enter the lineup.

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Neal is dealing with a lower-body injury, putting his status in question for Saturday's game against the Kings, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.

Neal missed Friday's practice with what was described as a maintenance day, but it sounds like he might have tweaked something during Tuesday's game against the Blues. His availability for Saturday likely won't be known until the Predators hold their pregame warmups 30 minutes before the 4:00 ET puck drop.

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Neal found twine twice Monday -- once on the power play -- in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Blackhawks.

That's 13 goals and 23 points in 34 games for the volume shooter, who's also fired a whopping 115 shots on goal, good for 19th most in the league. The former Penguin has produced heartily in other categories as well (plus-14, 37 PIM), making him a must-roll in all formats. Furthermore, it looks like life without Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby isn't so bad after all, as the Predators are getting plenty of offensive production from Filip Forsberg, Mike Ribeiro and Shea Weber, among others.

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Neal registed an assist and spent 14 minutes in the penalty box in Tuesday's loss to the Bruins.

The 14 penalty minutes represent more than a third of Neal's total for the season (37). He's shown in the past that he can be somewhat useful in that category, but it's Neal's contributions as a scorer that will drive his fantasy value. He's doing that at a respectable clip this season with 21 points in 32 games, but the disappearance of his power-play production (just two points on the season) has sunk his value a bit. He was a force on the man advantage with the Penguins in 2013-14, netting 11 goals and assisting on 15 others.

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Neal (illness) returned to action Monday against the Blue Jackets, tallying an assist, two shot attempts and a plus-3 rating over his 15:29 of ice time.

The illness prevented Neal from playing over the weekend against the Wild, but fortunately, he was never revealed to be dealing with any symptoms related to the mumps. The winger isn't quite producing at the levels he did in Pittsburgh the last few seasons, but with 11 goals, 20 points and a plus-13 rating over 31 games, he's still been plenty valuable in his first year in Nashville.

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Coach Peter Laviolette said that the illness preventing Neal from playing in Saturday's game against the Wild isn't related to the mumps virus.

Fortunately, it would seem Neal is dealing with some kind of flu or cold that is unrelated to mumps epidemic laying waste to the NHL. The winger wasn't able to practice Friday and remained absent from the team's morning skate Saturday, but Laviolette wouldn't rule out the possibility of Neal playing Monday against Columbus.

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Neal is dealing with an illness and will not play Saturday against the Wild, Eric Stromgren of The Tennessean reports.

The Predators haven't provided any word on whether or not Neal is dealing with the dreaded mumps virus, but did suggest that the winger could be a possibility for Monday's game against the Blue Jackets or Tuesday's tilt in Boston. After an injury-plagued 2013-14 campaign, Neal hasn't missed any previous time in his first season in Nashville, producing 19 points in 30 games.

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Neal scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal, contributed an assist and went plus-2 in Thursday's road victory over Arizona.

He's now got four points in his last four contests after enduring a seven-game scoreless drought. With a modest 18 points in 28 games, Neal's on his worst scoring pace since 2010-11 right now, although at least he's got that plus-12 rating to hang his hat on.