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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 racked up a trio of helpers during Sunday's big 5-4 win over the Oilers.
The power forward now has six assists over his last five games, giving him 15 helpers and 33 points through 53 games thus far. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come. Feb 26 - 9:59 PM

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James Neal pitched in two assists in Nashville's 4-3 win over the Blue Jackets on Sunday.

It took a team effort as four different Predators scored on the road to victory. Neal now has five points in his last three games and 17 goals with 29 points in 49 games this year.
Feb 19 - 11:30 PM

James Neal picked up a pair of assists in a 5-3 win against Dallas on Sunday.

He had the primary helper on goals by Roman Josi (power play) and Calle Jarnkrok when Nashville scored four times in the third to record the victory. Neal didn't have a point in his previous seven outings. He has nine assists and 17 goals in 47 matches this seaosn.
Feb 13 - 11:53 AM

James Neal scored a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 5-4 OT loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

Neal helped set up Viktor Arvidsson's go-ahead, power play goal (3-2) in the third period and he added one of his own to make it 4-2 just minutes later. Unfortunately for the Preds, they blew that lead before losing in overtime. Neal finished the game with a minus-3 rating and five shots on goal in 16:40 of ice time. He's up to 17 goals and 24 points in 39 games this season.
Jan 24 - 11:59 PM

James Neal posted five shots and scored a goal in Sunday's 4-2 win against Minnesota.

He has produced two goals in the past three games after going seven games without one. Despite injuries and slumps, Neal leads the Predators with 16 goals in 38 appearances this season.
Jan 23 - 12:20 PM

James Neal tallied his 15th goal of the season Thursday night.

He opened the scoring early in the first period during a 4-3 win over Calgary. It was also Neal's first goal since Dec. 20. He has 21 points in 36 contests.
Jan 20 - 9:44 AM

The Predators have activated James Neal (upper body) from injured reserve.

It's been a trying season for the veteran scorer, who has posted just 14 goals and 20 points in 33 games. He's still shooting at a 13.2% clip this year, a full point over his career average.
Jan 14 - 12:39 PM

James Neal (upper body) won't play Tuesday night.

He isn't eligible to come off injured reserve yet even if he was ready. This will be the fourth consecutive game he has missed due to an upper-body injury.
Jan 10 - 11:32 AM

The Predators placed James Neal on injured reserve on Saturday with an upper-body injury.

Neal has been out of the lineup since Jan. 3rd with the ailment. There is no timetable yet for his return, but he will miss at least the next two games for Nashville and should be considered day-to-day for now.
Jan 7 - 6:33 PM

James Neal won't play in Friday's match against Florida due to an upper body injury.

This will be Neal's second straight game out with the ailment. Nashville has not indicated the severity or type of the injury, so consider him day-to-day for now.
Jan 6 - 7:09 PM

James Neal initially suffered his upper-body injury on Dec. 29 against Chicago.

However, he played in Nashville's next two games before going to the sidelines on Thursday. Neal is listed as day-to-day.
Jan 6 - 10:17 AM

James Neal will be scratched from Thursday's match with the Lightning due to an upper body injury.

Neal has 16 goals and 20 points in 33 games so far this season, with 17 PIMs and 42 hits to his credit as well. He is considered day-to-day.
Jan 5 - 7:26 PM

James Neal is not on the ice to warm up for Thursday's match in Tampa Bay.

This is almost always a sign that a player is not going to play. We'll keep you posted.
Jan 5 - 7:04 PM

Get James Neal back in your lineup, because he'll be in Nashville's tonight as it turns out.

Neal has posted 14 goals and 20 points in 31 games this season, which includes two goals in three games against the Blues whom he plays tonight.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 07:55:00 PM

James Neal left Thursday's game versus Chicago because of an upper-body injury.

He had three shots in 7:48 of ice time prior to leaving the contest. It's unclear at this time if he will be available to play Friday night at St. Louis. Neal leads the Predators with 14 goals this year.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 11:04:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Ryan Johansen
2Mike Fisher
3Vernon Fiddler
4Calle Jarnkrok
5Colton Sissons
LW1Colin Wilson
2Kevin Fiala
3Austin Watson
4Cody McLeod
5Harry Zolnierczyk
6Miikka Salomaki
RW1Filip Forsberg
2James Neal
3Viktor Arvidsson
4Craig Smith
D1P.K. Subban
2Roman Josi
3Ryan Ellis
4Mattias Ekholm
5Anthony Bitetto
6Matt Irwin
7Brad Hunt
8Yannick Weber
G1Pekka Rinne
2Juuse Saros