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James Neal | Winger | #18

Team: Nashville Predators
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/3/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 221
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 2 (33) / DAL
Contract: view contract details

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James Neal delighted the home crowd by opening the scoring during the Central's 9-6 loss to the Pacific.
Neal came ready to please the Nashville faithful, sharing the lead in points across the semi-final with three as he put home two goals and added an assist as well. Jan 31 - 7:27 PM

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James Neal will participate in the NHL All-Star Game this weekend.

He has been added to the Central Division team to replace Jonathan Toews, who won't play because of an illness. That gives the Predators four representatives for the All-Star Game, as Neal will join Shea Weber, Roman Josi and Pekka Rinne.
Jan 28 - 10:14 AM

James Neal scored the winner in a 2-1 Nashville win over Vancouver on Tuesday.

Neal made the difference as he came down the right wing and snapped a wicked wrist shot glove side past a stunned Ryan Miller. The goal was his 18th of the year and second in the last two games. He's got 18 goals and 12 assists for 30 points in 49 games. Craig Smith scored the other goal for the Predators.
Jan 27 - 12:47 AM

James Neal notched a goal and an assist in Nashville's 4-1 win over Winnipeg.

He accounted for five shots in the game. Neal's production has improved since he was paired with former Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen. He has five points in his last four games.
Jan 22 - 9:40 AM

James Neal produced a goal and an assist in a 5-4 overtime loss to Winnipeg on Thursday night.

The goal was the 200th of Neal's career and it snapped a seven-game scoring drought. He concluded the contest with six penalty minutes, four shots and a plus-2 rating. Neal is starting to develop some chemistry with Ryan Johansen, which will be great news for their fantasy owners and for the Nashville Predators.
Jan 15 - 9:33 AM

James Neal picked up his 13th goal of the season in Saturday's 3-2 win over Minnesota.

With 13 goals and 21 points through 33 games so far, Neal appears well on his way to surpass last season's totals of 23 goals and 37 points over 67 games.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 01:00:00 AM

James Neal's pair of goals fuelled Nashville to a 5-1 win over Chicago on Thursday night.

Neal now has 20 points through 29 games in a much-improved second season with the Predators. His 12 goals rank him 12th in the league in that category.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 11:38:00 PM

James Neal played in the 500th game of his NHL career Monday night.

He had three shots and four penalty minutes in Nashville's 3-0 loss to the New York rangers. Neal has the second-most minor penalties in the league this season with 14. He had a four-game point streak before the Predators' offense ran dry. Nashville hasn't scored a goal in the last three contests.
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 12:30:00 PM

James Neal stretched his point streak to four games in Tuesday's 3-2 victory versus the Anaheim Ducks.

He scored his ninth goal of the season in the contest to give him five points during his recent point spree. Neal has 15 points in 17 games this season.
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 12:11:00 PM

James Neal scored in Saturday's overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

Neal scored 23 goals in 67 games last season, but he's dialed in right now. The 28-year-old has collected points in six of his last seven games, and now has seven goals and 10 points in 10 games. He's a must-start every time he's on the ice for the Preds.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 11:09:00 AM

James Neal is riding high on confidence during his five-game point streak.

"That's hard to really explain what that is," Neal said, "but any player knows that when they're feeling good on the ice and they're playing good hockey, you get into those times during games and throughout games when you feel like you can do anything." He has posted six goals and added three assists during his scoring spree. Coach Peter Laviolette believes Neal's success is directly tied to his activeness on the forecheck.
Wed, Oct 28, 2015 09:34:00 AM

After scoring against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night, James Neal has scored a goal against every team in the NHL.

Neal was traded from the Penguins to the Predators during the 2014 off-season. The 28-year-old has six goals and nine points in eight games this season.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 12:47:00 PM

James Neal tickled the twine in the Predators’ 2-1 overtime loss to the Penguins on Saturday night.

Neal also had three shots on goal in 17:54. He has been on a tear of late; in his last five games, he has all of his nine points and all six of his goals, too. He will blow past last season’s 37 points, and he should get 30 goals as well. Mike Ribeiro and Barret Jackman got the helpers.
Sat, Oct 24, 2015 10:54:00 PM

James Neal extended his point streak to four consecutive games Thursday.

He picked up an assist on a goal by Mike Ribeiro in Nashville's 5-1 win over Anaheim. Neal has five goals and three helpers during his recent scoring surge.
Fri, Oct 23, 2015 10:25:00 AM

James Neal scored two goals and an assist in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout win over Tampa Bay.

Neal's second goal was scored late in the third period with his team down by one. He and the Predators were able to force an extra frame and they eventually picked up the victory in the shootout. After going pointless in his first three games, the 28-year-old has now picked up seven points in his last three. Mike Fisher and Shea Weber also scored for the Preds while Filip Forsberg scored the shootout winner.
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 11:49:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Ryan Johansen
2Mike Ribeiro
3Mike Fisher
4Paul Gaustad
5Cody Bass
6Calle Jarnkrok
LW1Colin Wilson
2Gabriel Bourque
3Eric Nystrom
4Austin Watson
5Miikka Salomaki
RW1Filip Forsberg
2James Neal
3Craig Smith
4Viktor Arvidsson
D1Shea Weber
2Roman Josi
3Ryan Ellis
4Mattias Ekholm
5Barret Jackman
6Petter Granberg
7Anthony Bitetto
G1Pekka Rinne
2Carter Hutton