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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 gave Nashville a 2-0 lead in the first period but the Predators wound up losing 4-3 to the Blackhawks in Chicago Saturday night.
With the loss, the Preds were eliminated from the Western Conference First Round playoff series. The Hawks took the series in six games. But it wasn't easy. Neal gave the Preds high hopes of tying the series at 3-3 when he scored his third and fourth goals of the post-season at 1:10 and 8:09 of the first period. Matt Cullen, with his only goal of the playoffs, made it 3-1 for Nashville in the first period. The Hawks would tie it up 3-3 before the period, though, and won the game and the series on a Duncan Keith slap shot late in the third. Neal finished the series with four goals after failing to pick up a point in the first three games. Apr 25 - 11:34 PM

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James Neal scored a goal and collected an assist in Thursday's big Game Five 5-2 over Chicago.

Neal scored a snazzy wrap-around goal to help kick start a three goal train by Nashville over a 2:37 span to begin the third period. He now has two goals and three points through five games this series.
Apr 24 - 1:31 AM

James Neal buried his first goal of the playoffs on Tuesday in Nashville's triple overtime loss to Chicago.

He gave the Predators a 2-1 lead late in the second period. Neal didn't have a point in three outings going into Game 4, but it was only a matter of time before he scored. He is tied for third in the playoffs with 20 shots.
Apr 22 - 10:58 AM

The Nashville Predators are getting James Neal back in the lineup against the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

Neal, 27, has 22 goals and 35 points (plus 57 PIM) in 63 games during his first season with Nashville. He's expected to line up with Mike Ribeiro and Filip Forsberg on Saturday.
Apr 4 - 1:06 PM

James Neal is nearing a return to action.

He practiced with his teammates on Thursday and is listed as questionable for Saturday's contest against the Stars. Neal has missed the Predators' last nine games with an upper-body injury. Check back with us Saturday on Neal's status for the contest against Dallas. But we would get ready to activate him as his return to the lineup is imminent.
Apr 3 - 1:11 PM

James Neal (upper body) took part Tuesday's morning skate, but he won't play against Vancouver.

GM David Poile said the earliest Neal could be back is Saturday against Dallas and he fully expects 27-year-old winger to be ready for the playoffs. Neal has missed the last seven games with an upper-body injury.
Mar 31 - 2:13 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Mike Ribeiro
2Mike Fisher
3Calle Jarnkrok
4Paul Gaustad
LW1Colin Wilson
2Gabriel Bourque
3Cody Hodgson
4Eric Nystrom
5Kevin Fiala
RW1Filip Forsberg
2James Neal
3Craig Smith
4Steve Moses
D1Shea Weber
2Roman Josi
3Seth Jones
4Ryan Ellis
5Barret Jackman
6Mattias Ekholm
7Victor Bartley
G1Pekka Rinne
2Carter Hutton