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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
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James Neal will return to action on Thursday against the Stars.
Neal returns after missing three games with an upper body injury. He has 23 goals and 40 points in 68 games this campaign. He's expected to skate on the top line to the right of Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen. Apr 6 - 7:03 PM

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

It will be the third straight game he has missed with an upper-body injury. Neal has 23 goals and 40 points in 68 games this campaign.
Apr 4 - 3:53 PM

James Neal (face) will miss Sunday's match with the Blues.

It's his second game out of the lineup with the ailment. Expect the Predators to give him the time he needs to heal up before returning to action.
Apr 2 - 3:34 PM

James Neal's upper-body injury was sustained on Thursday after an errant puck hit him in the side of the face.

The ailment forced him to miss Saturday's game against Minnesota. Neal's status for Sunday versus St. Louis is unclear at this time.
Apr 2 - 10:17 AM

James Neal has been sidelined with upper body injury, and won't face Minnesota on Saturday.

He likely suffered the ailment in Thursday's match with Toronto, playing just over 13 minutes. For the season, Neal has posted 23 goals and 40 points with 83 hits in 68 games. Consider him day-to-day, for now.
Apr 1 - 1:36 PM

James Neal has a three-game goal spree and a five-game point streak.

He got his 21st marker of the season Thursday in a 2-1 OT win over Washington to extend both streaks. Neal has accounted for 38 points in 61 matches this year.
Mar 17 - 10:27 AM

James Neal hit the 20-goal mark on Monday night.

He is the sixth active NHL player to score at least 20 goals in each of his first nine seasons. Neal has produced two goals and two assists over a four-game point streak.
Mar 15 - 11:57 AM

James Neal snapped his 10-game goal drought during Saturday's 3-1 win over the Sharks.

It's been a tough season for the power forward, but he did managed to pot eight helpers during that span. For the season he has 19 goals and 36 points in 59 games.
Mar 11 - 8:25 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

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