James Neal
RW VGK
1 week ago

Neal registered the game-winning goal Sunday in a 3-2 triumph over the Kings.

EDGE Analysis

Neal completely juked around Oscar Fantenberg before going five-hole on Jonathan Quick for his second point of these conference quarterfinals. It'll be interesting to see if Vegas retains the veteran this summer. He's cashing out the balance of a six-year, $30 million contract originally procured by the Penguins, and Neal -- a pending unrestricted free agent -- is one of five forwards on the Golden Knights averaging at least $5 million annually.

James Neal
RW VGK
1 month ago

Neal (hand) will return to the lineup for Friday's game against the Wild, Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Neal has missed Vegas' last eight games due to a hand injury, but he was finally cleared for contact Thursday, which was the first indication he was likely on the brink of returning to game action. The Golden Knights will welcome the veteran winger back into their lineup with open arms, as he's been a consistent source of offense this season, notching 24 goals and 40 points in 59 contests. He'll return to his usual role skating on Vegas' top line and first power-play unit against Minnesota.

James Neal
RW VGK
1 month ago

Neal (hand) was cleared for contact Thursday, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Neal reportedly practiced during the morning alongside Jonathan Marchessault and Tomas Nosek. The 30-year-old winger has missed 11 of the past 12 games for a Golden Knights team that has a 13.3-percent chance of winning the Stanley Cup in their inaugural season, according to sportsclubstats.com. However, it appears that he's inching closer to a return, with Vegas' next game coming Friday against the Wild.

James Neal
RW VGK
1 month ago

Neal (hand) will not dress for Wednesday's game against the Devils, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Neal last took the ice in a brief showing Feb. 26 against the Kings, logging only 8:28 of ice time before departing early with his current issue. The veteran winger remains in a non-contact jersey at practice, leaving his status for Friday's game in doubt as well. He will need to shed that non-contact designation and get a full practice or two under his belt before having an opportunity to return, so look out for additional news on that front.

James Neal
RW VGK
1 month ago

Neal is status quo with his hand injury and will not suit up Saturday afternoon in Buffalo, Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

This will be the sixth straight absence for Neal, who surprisingly hasn't been placed on injured reserve with this latest injury.

James Neal
RW VGK
2 months ago

Neal (hand) will sit for Thursday's tilt in Detroit, his fifth consecutive missed game.

EDGE Analysis

Between his hand injury and an illness, Neal has now missed eight of his last nine games. The 30-year-old winger is sitting right at 40 points on the season, including 24 goals. Hopefully Neal returns to the lineup soon, but Ryan Reaves will slot in to the lineup while he's absent.

James Neal
RW VGK
2 months ago

Neal (hand) won't dress against the Blue Jackets on Tuesday, Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Neal will miss his fourth straight game with this hand injury, and it's still unclear whether he'll join the Golden Knights on their road trip that ends Mar. 12. The skilled sniper's absence will continue to allow for Ryan Reaves to be inserted into the lineup.

James Neal
RW VGK
2 months ago

Neal (hand) won't play Sunday against the Devils, Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Golden Knights are embarking on a five-game road trip that ends Mar. 12 in Philly, so it's worrisome that Neal isn't on the trip at all. This will be the third straight game he misses with this hand malady, with Vegas dropping both of the previous two outings. The Golden Knights don't urgently need Neal back as they have an eight-point lead in the Pacific Division with a game in hand, and they want to ensure their explosive goal scorer (24 goals, 59 games) is ready for an extended playoff run.

James Neal
RW VGK
2 months ago

Neal (hand) won't be in the lineup for Friday's game against the Senators.

EDGE Analysis

Neal will miss a second consecutive game Friday due to his hand injury, and the Golden Knights have yet to release any information regarding a potential timetable for his recovery. Alex Tuch will likely continue to skate in a top-six role until Neal is given the green light to return to the lineup.

James Neal
RW VGK
2 months ago

Neal's (hand) status for Friday's clash with Ottawa is up in the air, according to coach Gerard Gallant.

EDGE Analysis

Neal's absence creates a significant gap in the lineup, considering he has racked up 24 goals and 16 helpers in 59 outings this season. For now, Alex Tuch will get a shot at filling in for Neal in a top-six role, but recently acquired winger Tomas Tatar could also slot into that spot.