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James Neal | Winger | #18

Team: Vegas Golden Knights
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/3/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 221
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 2 (33) / DAL
Contract: view contract details

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James Neal picked up a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final.
He managed to snap a three-game pointless drought in the process. The Jets tied the game at one at the 5:28 mark of the second period, but Neal restored Vegas' one-goal lead 12 seconds later. He then added the primary assist on Alex Tuch's goal less than three minutes later to make it 3-1. He left the game momentarily after taking an elbow from Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien, but he managed to clear concussion protocol. Neal finished the night with a plus-3 rating, five shots on goal and one hit in 12:53 of ice time. The 30-year-old is up to four goals and five assists in 13 games this postseason. Vegas will head into Game 4 with a 2-1 lead in this best-of-seven series. May 17 - 12:21 AM

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James Neal skipped Wednesday's morning skate.

Neal decided to take the option, which isn't unusual, but he is expected to play in Game 3 against Winnipeg on Wednesday night. He hasn't earned a point in the last three games.
May 16 - 1:18 PM

James Neal is not present for Saturday's practice.

No need to panic because it appears to just be a maintenance day for Neal. Tomas Tatar is currently skating with Erik Haula and David Perron in Neal's place.
May 5 - 4:23 PM

James Neal had a game-high seven shots on goal during Wednesday's 4-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks.

Unfortunately for Neal and the Golden Knights, none of those shots managed to beat Sharks goaltender Marin Jones. Neal finished the night with a minus-2 rating, one hit and two blocked shots in 18:26 of ice time. He's failed to pick up a point in two of his last three games and he's now gone three straight games without a goal. Neal has two goals and six points in eight postseason contests. This best-of-seven series is tied 2-2. Game 5 will be played in Vegas on Friday night.
May 3 - 12:57 AM

James Neal posted a pair of assists in Monday's 4-3 overtime victory versus San Jose.

Neal had helpers on goals by Colin Miller (power play) and William Karlsson (game winner) in Game 3 against the Sharks. He had one goal and one assist in four contests during Round 1 of the postseason. Neal has been more productive in Round 2 with one goal and three helpers in three matches against San Jose.
May 1 - 11:54 AM

James Neal scored a goal and an assist during Thursday's 7-0 win over the San Jose Sharks.

Neal helped set up Erik Haula's first-period goal to make it 2-0 for the Golden Knights at the time. He then added a power-play tally in the third period to stretch the lead to 7-0. Neal finished the game with a plus-1 rating, three shots on goal and four hits in 16:06 of ice time. The 30-year-old is up to two goals and two assists in five games this postseason. The Golden Knights now have a 1-0 lead in this best-of-seven series. The Sharks allowed just four goals during their first-round series against Anaheim, so the fact that Vegas put up seven goals on them is pretty remarkable.
Apr 27 - 1:03 AM

James Neal scored a goal in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 3.

Neal put a ridiculous move on a Kings defender before sniping home his first goal of the post-season. The 30-year-old forward has picked up two points in three playoff games so far and he now has 26 goals and 46 points in 83 career post-season games. The expansion Golden Knights will take a commanding 3-0 series lead into Tuesday's Game 4 contest.
Apr 16 - 1:19 AM

James Neal (upper body) will make his return Friday night.

Neal was declared good to go after taking part in Friday's practice. He'll likely be on a line with Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson. This will be his first game since Feb. 26.
Mar 16 - 3:09 PM

James Neal (upper body) could be ready to return to action on Friday night.

Neal practiced without restrictions on Thursday and his status for Friday will be determined after the morning skate. Vegas has already returned Tomas Hyka to the minors, so there is a spot on the roster available for Neal if he is ready. He has not played since Feb. 26 when he appeared to injure his hand
Mar 16 - 11:38 AM

James Neal (upper body) has been cleared for contact.

Neal skated alongside William Karlsson and Tomas Hyka at Thursday's practice. This is a good sign going into Friday's game against Minnesota. However, it's unclear at this time if Neal will be available to play.
Mar 15 - 4:05 PM

James Neal (upper body) isn't expected to play Wednesday night.

Neal was sporting a no-contact jersey during the morning skate. He hasn't played since Feb. 26 due to an upper-body injury.
Mar 14 - 1:28 PM

James Neal (upper body) has been skating on his own back in Las Vegas.

Neal isn't expected to be back in the lineup Thursday at Detroit. He appeared to injure his hand against Los Angeles on Feb. 26 and he hasn't played since. A timetable for his return is unclear at this time.
Mar 8 - 11:32 AM

James Neal (upper body) will not play Sunday.

Neal was not on the flight to New Jersey Saturday and will miss his third straight game and sixth in his last seven. Neal has 24 goals and 40 points this season in 59 games. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Mar 4 - 9:14 AM

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

Neal has missed four of Vegas' last five games. He's questionable for Friday's game.
Mar 1 - 4:54 PM

James Neal (upper body) won't play in Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Kings.

Neal was injured in last night's game against the Kings. He's considered day-to-day at this point. He has 24 goals and 40 points in 59 games this season.
Feb 27 - 10:17 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1William Karlsson
2Erik Haula
3Cody Eakin
4Ryan Carpenter
5Mikhail Grabovski
LW1Jonathan Marchessault
2David Perron
3Tomas Tatar
4William Carrier
5Oscar Lindberg
RW1Reilly Smith
2James Neal
3Alex Tuch
4Tomas Nosek
5Ryan Reaves
6David Clarkson
D1Colin Miller
2Shea Theodore
3Nate Schmidt
4Brayden McNabb
5Deryk Engelland
6Jon Merrill
7Brad Hunt
8Luca Sbisa
9Clayton Stoner
G1Marc-Andre Fleury
2Malcolm Subban
3Maxime Lagace
4Dylan Ferguson