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James Neal | Winger

Team: Nashville Predators
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/3/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 208
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James Neal (upper body) skated with his teammates on Wednesday.
It marked his first session since he suffered an upper-body ailment on Mar. 12 against San Jose. However, he didn't travel with the team and won't play Thursday. Neal is still listed as day-to-day. Mar 26 - 2:25 PM

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James Neal (upper body) didn't practice again Thursday.

He has missed three games with an upper-body injury and is listed as day-to-day. When he's able to return, he'll be looking to get back on the scoresheet, as he has one goal in his last 11 appearances.
Mar 20 - 11:26 AM

James Neal (upper body) didn't take part in Tuesday's practice.

Neal will probably miss his third straight game on Tuesday. He has 22 goals and 35 points in 63 contests in 2014-15.
Mar 17 - 1:53 PM

James Neal missed Saturday night’s game because of an upper-body injury.

No word on how or when Neal suffered the injury, though The Tennessean’s John Glennon speculates it might be something that’s been bothering him for a while. Neal played in the last game, logging 17:01 with three shots on goal. He has 22 goals and 35 points this season. Calle Jarnkrok replaced him in the lineup.
Mar 14 - 11:07 PM

It wasn't easy, but James Neal and the Predators finally snapped their nasty six game losing skid on Monday night on an overtime goal from the veteran winger.

Nashville beat the lowly Coyotes 2-1 and Neal got some much-needed redemption on the winner, as it was his double-minor penalty that allowed Arizona to tie the game late with the man advantage. Neal also halts a personal nine-game pointless drought, as the former point-per-game player collected his 35th point in 62 games this season.
Mar 10 - 2:45 AM

James Neal scored his 18th goal of the season Tuesday to lift the Predators to a 3-2 overtime win over Tampa Bay.

Those believing Neal would regress greatly after he left the Penguins might feel they were correct in that assumption, but thanks to solid peripheral stats he has actually been quite productive. Seth Jones and Taylor Beck also added first period goals for Nashville in the win.
Feb 10 - 11:53 PM

James Neal scored his 17th goal of the season on Thursday night in a 5-2 loss to Anaheim.

The 27-year-old has put up underwhelming numbers so far in his first season in Nashville with just 30 points in 45 games. Though the power forward doesn't seem to be a major fantasy factor this season, he might wake up in the playoffs, where he has 22 career points in 38 games.
Feb 6 - 12:17 AM

James Neal will play in Pittsburgh on Sunday for the first time since he was traded to Nashville last June.

Although Neal wasn't with the Penguins long (three seasons), he did make an impact with the club. That said he is not too concerned about his return. "I'm not too worried about it or thinking about it too much," Neal said. "I think playing [the Penguins in October] in Nashville kind of washed that away and I really haven’t looked back. We've been having great success here, and it's really all I'm focused on." It will be interesting to see how Neal fares against his former teammates. In the October 25th meeting of the Penguins and the Preds Neal did not hit the scoresheet in a 3-0 loss.
Jan 31 - 2:21 PM

James Neal scored two goals in Friday's 4-3 win over Washington.

Neal's first goal gave extended the Predators' lead to 2-0, and his third period goal with 1:40 remaining in the third period gave Nashville a late 4-3 lead. The 27-year-old has two goals and four points in two games since returning from a lower body injury. Neal has 15 goals and 27 points in 37 games with the Preds. Seth Jones and Mattias Ekholm also scored for Nashville.
Jan 17 - 12:17 AM

James Neal (lower body) has been removed from the injured reserve list.

Neal is expected to face Vancouver on Tuesday after missing five straight games. He'll play on the second line with Mike Fisher and Colin Wilson. Taylor Beck will consequently slide from the second unit to third line. Neal has 13 goals and 23 points in 35 contests in 2014-15.
Jan 13 - 4:16 PM

James Neal (lower body) took part in Monday's practice.

However, he is still listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Neal has been sidelined for the last five games.
Jan 13 - 10:58 AM

Although he practised Friday with his teammates, James Neal did not make the trip to Minnesota and obviously won't play Saturday afternoon against the Wild.

He is getting closer to a return from a lower-body injury that has kept him out of the lineup since the begining of the month. Stay tuned for further updates.
Jan 10 - 1:42 PM

James Neal (lower body) took part in Friday's practice.

Neal has missed the Predators' last four contests due to the ailment. He has 13 goals and 23 points in 35 contests in 2014-15. He's still regarded as day-to-day.
Jan 9 - 4:29 PM

James Neal (lower body) has been placed on injured reserve.

He has missed the last three games with a lower-body injury. Neal has generated 13 goals and 23 points in 35 games with the Predators.
Jan 8 - 1:40 PM

James Neal will miss his third straight game on Tuesday night.

Still not update on his lower body injury, however he's not expected to miss much more time.
Source: NHL.com
Jan 6 - 7:43 PM

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PosRoleName
C1Mike Ribeiro
2Mike Fisher
3Mike Santorelli
4Calle Jarnkrok
5Paul Gaustad
LW1Matt Cullen
2Colin Wilson
3Gabriel Bourque
4Taylor Beck
5Viktor Stalberg
6Kevin Fiala
RW1Filip Forsberg
2James Neal
3Craig Smith
4Eric Nystrom
5Viktor Arvidsson
D1Shea Weber
2Roman Josi
3Cody Franson
4Seth Jones
5Mattias Ekholm
6Ryan Ellis
7Anton Volchenkov
8Victor Bartley
G1Pekka Rinne
2Carter Hutton