James Neal
RW CGY
5 days ago

Neal scored a goal in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Blues.

EDGE Analysis

The Flames signed Neal for his goal-scoring abilities, as he's racked up at least 20 scores in each of his 10 NHL seasons. Neal beat a flailing Jake Allen to open the scoring in the first period. The 31-year-old has been slotting in on the third line, so his value has diminished for now after a 25-goal, 44-point campaign.

James Neal
RW CGY
4 months ago

Neal signed a five-year, $28.75 million contract with the Flames on Monday, Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Neal produced 44 regular-season points and 12 more in the postseason for the Golden Knights in their inaugural season in 2017-18.

James Neal
RW CGY
4 months ago

Neal is unlikely to be under contract with the Golden Knights next season, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Despite Neal's status as a pending restricted free agent, it appears that Vegas will not be able to meet his contract demands ($6.5 to $7 million annually) after he turned in 44 points (25 goals, 19 assists) in 71 regular-season games for the 2018 Western Conference champions. Neal would end up with 11 points (six goals, five assists) during a magical playoff run in the team's inaugural season, but only once did he pick up points in back-to-back games.

James Neal
RW CGY
4 months ago

Neal scored 25 goals and 44 points -- nine coming on the power play -- in 71 games during the 2017-18 season, firing 202 shots on goal with a minus-11 rating.

EDGE Analysis

Overall it was a decent season for the 30-year-old Ontario native. After wrapping up this season, Neal now has 20 or more goals in each of his first 10 years in the NHL. He also tallied six goals and 11 points in 20 postseason appearances. Neal's consistency should continue next year, though he is a free agent heading in to the offseason.

James Neal
RW CGY
4 months ago

Neal picked up a goal in Monday's 6-2 defeat to the Capitals.

EDGE Analysis

Unfortunately for Neal, its the missed opportunity that he rang off the post that will be remembered in Game 4, not the goal he scored later in the game. All things considered, it was a decent outing for the winger, as he recorded three shots, four hits and a plus-1 rating. If Vegas is going to have any hope of extending the series, it will need the Ontario native playing at his absolutely best in Thursday's Game 5.

James Neal
RW CGY
6 months ago

Neal scored a power-play goal and added an assist in Thursday's 7-0 win over the Sharks in Game 1.

EDGE Analysis

The 30-year-old matched his scoring performance from the entire first round against Los Angeles in one game against San Jose, which is less surprising given that the entire Golden Knights offense did the same. Neal had some solid playoff performances during his Penguins days, including six goals and 10 points in 13 games in 2012-13, and he's now two postseason points shy of 50 for his career. Expect him to continue being a key cog in that scary Las Vegas attack as they look to sweep another foe.

James Neal
RW CGY
6 months 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 CGY
7 months 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 CGY
7 months 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 CGY
7 months 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.