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James Neal | Winger

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/3/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 208
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James Neal recorded a goal and two assists in Pittsburgh's 4-3 overtime loss to Philadelphia.
He has three goals and three helpers in his past three games. Neal has amassed 61 points in 58 matches this campaign. Kris Letang notched a goal and an assist in loss, while Jussi Jokinen had the other marker. Apr 12 - 6:48 PM

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James Neal registered two goals for the Penguins in a 4-3 shootout win over Detroit Wednesday.

Despite playing an abbreviated schedule due to injury, the Pittsburgh forward has tallied 26 times on the season, 11 of which have come with the man advantage. Jussi Jokinen was the other goal scorer for the Pens in the victory.
Apr 9 - 11:29 PM

James Neal peppered Ilya Bryzgalov with five shots in the Penguins' 4-0 loss to the Wild on Saturday night.

It was rare quiet game from the Penguins offense, as Neal recorded the game's high in shots. He finished a minus-one and played 16:48. He has 24 goals and 55 points this season.
Apr 5 - 10:50 PM

James Neal had an assist in Pittsburgh's 4-2 win on Thursday.

Neal has been limited by injuries this season, but he's been great when healthy. He has 24 goals and 55 points in 54 games.
Apr 4 - 11:07 AM

James Neal's overtime winning goal Saturday was his first marker in eight games.

Neal has been in a scoring slump and needed a breakout type of goal. He seemed to get it against the Lightning Saturday. Of Neal, linemate Evgeni Malkin had the following to say: "He was so mad. He had lots of scoring chances, but didn't score. It was a big goal for him." The goal also tied a Penguin record. It was Neal's third overtime winner of the season tying him with Colby Armstrong, Sidney Crosby, Ryan Malone Aleksey Morozov and Jaromir Jagr for the franchise record.
Mar 23 - 10:36 AM

James Neal has been handed a $5,000 fine by the NHL.

Neal is being punished for cross-checking Luke Glendening during Detroit's 5-4 overtime win against Pittsburgh on Thursday. Neal was charged with a two-minute minor during the game.
Source: NHL.com
Mar 21 - 3:37 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins will get James Neal (concussion) back on Tuesday.

Neal was sidelined for two games. Given how long players can be out for with a head injury, the Penguins are fortunate that Neal is already ready to return.
Mar 18 - 6:51 PM

James Neal (concussion) received surprise clearance from team doctors to practice Monday and could play as soon as Tuesday night.

Neal was reportedly suffering the effects of a concussion, the second he has suffered in the past year, but was given the go-ahead to return to practice. If all goes well, he could be back in the lineup when the Penguins take on Dallas Tuesday. His fantasy owners may have dodged an immense bullet with this news.
Mar 17 - 7:56 PM

James Neal is dealing with a concussion.

This is Neal's second concussion in the span of a year. The Pittsburgh Penguins have a comfortable lead in the battle for the Metropolitan Division title, so losing Neal won't set them back too much in the short-term. They just have to hope that he'll be okay for the playoffs.
Mar 14 - 12:37 PM

James Neal didn't participate in Thursday's practice.

It was called a maintenance day, but Penguins coach Dan Bylsma also specified that Neal would be re-evaluated on Friday. Given that the Penguins have already essentially won their division and consequently don't have much cause to push Neal to play if he's hurt, we'll list him as day-to-day for now.
Mar 14 - 10:40 AM

James Neal scored the only goal for the Penguins, who fell 5-1 to the Blackhawks on Saturday night at Soldier Field.

It took the Penguins about half the game to find some rhythm offensively, though they still only managed to get one past Corey Crawford. Neal also led the team with seven shots on goal. The winger now has goals in five straight, good for 22 on the season. He also has 48 points and is a plus-17 this season.
Mar 1 - 11:27 PM

James Neal will not be disciplined by the NHL for taking his third embellishing penalty this season.

Neal has certainly had his fair share of controversy this season as he has been suspended by the NHL for five games for kneeing Brad Marchand in the head and now this. The Penguins were notified that Neal would not be disciplined but the NHL could have according to the rules. Good thing that Neal has been out for 21 games through injury and suspensions or who knows how much trouble he could be in. He has 45 points in 37 games this season and is a must start.
Feb 9 - 8:44 AM

James Neal found the back of the net in Pittsburgh's 5-1 win over Buffalo.

Neal has scored 19 goals despite the fact that he's been limited to 36 games this season. He's now on a four-game point streak, bringing him up to 43 points this season.
Feb 6 - 10:40 AM

James Neal ended his goal-scoring slump in style with the overtime winner in a 2-1 defeat of Ottawa Monday.

Neal entered the contest having gone eight games without a marker, but his goal less than two minutes into the extra frame ended the drought and lifted the Penguins to victory. Brian Gibbons also found the back of the net for Pittsburgh in the win.
Feb 3 - 9:59 PM

James Neal has not found the back of the net in his last eight games.

Neal has 17 goals in 34 games and that averages out to a 41 goal season in a very healthy season but he was far better early on as a lot of his shots have been blocked of late. He is playing on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Jussi Jokinen and the trio have played well of late. "I'm not too worried about it," Neal said. "The chemistry is there. We just need to keep it going, because I like the way our line has been playing. Again, I just need to start putting the puck on net." Neal has been an offensive stud this season with 41 points in an injury-riddled 34 games and is a must-start.
Feb 3 - 9:17 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Brandon Sutter
4Joe Vitale
5Brian Gibbons
6Marcel Goc
LW1Chris Kunitz
2Jussi Jokinen
3Beau Bennett
4Tanner Glass
5Taylor Pyatt
RW1James Neal
2Pascal Dupuis
3Lee Stempniak
4Craig Adams
5Jayson Megna
D1Kris Letang
2Paul Martin
3Matt Niskanen
4Olli Maatta
5Brooks Orpik
6Rob Scuderi
7Deryk Engelland
8Robert Bortuzzo
9Brian Dumoulin
G1Marc-Andre Fleury
2Jeff Zatkoff
3Tomas Vokoun