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James Neal | Winger | #18

Team: Nashville Predators
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/3/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 221
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 2 (33) / DAL
Contract: view contract details

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James Neal (upper body) has been downgraded to week-to-week.
Neal has missed two games so far due to the injury. He's already on the injured reserve list and unfortunately it sounds like he'll be on there for at least a little while. Dec 1 - 1:38 PM

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An update on the status of Jame Neal (upper body) is expected to come on Thursday.

The Predators will also provide progress reports for injured defender Ryan Ellis and ailing forward Colton Sissons. Neal and Sissons have missed the last two games, while Ellis has been absent for the past three.
Nov 30 - 5:05 PM

The Nashville Predators have placed James Neal on I/R with an upper body injury suffered in Friday's game against Winnipeg.

Tough news for the surging Predators as they lose their leading goal scorer. Neal has 10 goals and 15 points in 20 games this season with 15 PIMs and 25 hits. He's tentatively considered day-to-day.
Nov 26 - 7:50 PM

James Neal left Friday's game against Winnipeg with an upper-body injury.

He didn't return for the third period. It's unclear how he got hurt at this point, but we'll consider him day-to-day for the time being. Before exiting the game, Neal managed to score his 10th goal of the season. We'll provide an update on his status as soon as one is made available.
Nov 26 - 12:30 PM

James Neal scored a goal and added an assist in a 5-2 win versus Dallas on Wednesday night.

His six-game goal spree ended last weekend, but he has registered eight of his nine goals this year in the last nine matches. Neal has collected 14 points in 19 games.
Nov 24 - 9:51 AM

James Neal extended his career-best goal streak to six straight games on Thursday night.

He also tied Nashville's franchise record for longest goal-scoring streak, which is now held by five different players. Neal has eight goals and 12 points in 16 games and seven of those markers have been scored during his goal-scoring spree.
Nov 18 - 9:50 AM

James Neal has been red hot of late.

He has found the back of the net in five straight games, while accounting for six goals and one assist during that span. Neal extended his goal streak on Tuesday night in a 6-2 loss to Toronto.
Nov 16 - 1:20 PM

James Neal scored twice as the Nashville Predators blanked the Anaheim Ducks 5-0 Saturday night.

Neal has been incredibly productive recently with a current four-game goal scoring streak. Saturday night’s pair of goals came with only five shots.
Nov 13 - 3:04 AM

James Neal has been heating up offensively.

He has buried a goal in three consecutive games after he didn't score one in his first seven outings of the season. Neal has four goals and three assists in the past six matches.
Nov 11 - 9:51 AM

James Neal was the only Nashville Predators player who managed to score a goal in their 4-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks.

Neal generated a goal on three SOG and also delivered three hits in Saturday's defeat. It was the power forward's first tally of 2016-17. Neal can be streaky at times, so maybe this is the start of something promising.
Oct 30 - 1:23 AM

James Neal has piled up 24 shots in six games, but he is still searching for his first goal of the year.

Neal has contributed just one assist along with a minus-6 rating early into the 2016-17 campaign.
Oct 27 - 9:10 AM

James Neal scored in Tuesday's 4-1 preseason loss to the Florida Panthers.

Neal scored a power play goal with his team trailing 4-0 in the third period. Yannick Weber and Mattias Jarnkrok picked up the assists on Neal's power play goal. Neal finished the game with two penalty minutes, six shots on goal and two hits. The 29-year-old could realistically hit the 30-goal mark if he stays healthy in 2016-17.
Sep 27 - 7:57 PM

James Neal admitted that his team wasn't ready for Game 5 against the Sharks.

And it certainly showed, as San Jose pounded Nashville 5-1. "Pretty visible, wasn't it?" Neal said. "We weren't ready to go, I guess, so they came out strong, good push, scored. But I thought we settled down a bit and got one back and then started playing a little better. But not good enough out of our group." The Preds are one win away from forcing a Game 7 in San Jose, but they're also one loss away from packing their bags and going home.
May 8 - 9:49 AM

James Neal picked up a pair of points during Thursday's Game 4 triple overtime win over San Jose.

Neal registered an assist and also scored the game-tying goal late in the third period to send the game into several extra frames. Through 11 postseason games he has four goals and six points.
May 6 - 2:31 AM

James Neal played with Mike Fisher and Colin Wilson in Game 3 against San Jose.

Coach Peter Laviolette shuffled his lines and the moves worked as the Predators won 4-1 on Tuesday night. Ryan Johansen played between Filip Forsberg and Craig Smith in the contest, but he picked up an assist on Neal's third goal of the postseason during a second-period power play.
May 5 - 9:12 AM

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All Positions
C1Ryan Johansen
2Mike Ribeiro
3Mike Fisher
4Calle Jarnkrok
5Colton Sissons
LW1Colin Wilson
2Kevin Fiala
3Reid Boucher
4Miikka Salomaki
5Austin Watson
6Pontus Aberg
RW1Filip Forsberg
2James Neal
3Craig Smith
4Viktor Arvidsson
D1P.K. Subban
2Roman Josi
3Ryan Ellis
4Mattias Ekholm
5Anthony Bitetto
6Matt Irwin
7Petter Granberg
8Adam Pardy
9Yannick Weber
G1Pekka Rinne
2Juuse Saros