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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
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

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

He isn't eligible to come off injured reserve yet even if he was ready. This will be the fourth consecutive game he has missed due to an upper-body injury.
Jan 10 - 11:32 AM

The Predators placed James Neal on injured reserve on Saturday with an upper-body injury.

Neal has been out of the lineup since Jan. 3rd with the ailment. There is no timetable yet for his return, but he will miss at least the next two games for Nashville and should be considered day-to-day for now.
Jan 7 - 6:33 PM

James Neal won't play in Friday's match against Florida due to an upper body injury.

This will be Neal's second straight game out with the ailment. Nashville has not indicated the severity or type of the injury, so consider him day-to-day for now.
Jan 6 - 7:09 PM

James Neal initially suffered his upper-body injury on Dec. 29 against Chicago.

However, he played in Nashville's next two games before going to the sidelines on Thursday. Neal is listed as day-to-day.
Jan 6 - 10:17 AM

James Neal will be scratched from Thursday's match with the Lightning due to an upper body injury.

Neal has 16 goals and 20 points in 33 games so far this season, with 17 PIMs and 42 hits to his credit as well. He is considered day-to-day.
Jan 5 - 7:26 PM

James Neal is not on the ice to warm up for Thursday's match in Tampa Bay.

This is almost always a sign that a player is not going to play. We'll keep you posted.
Jan 5 - 7:04 PM

Get James Neal back in your lineup, because he'll be in Nashville's tonight as it turns out.

Neal has posted 14 goals and 20 points in 31 games this season, which includes two goals in three games against the Blues whom he plays tonight.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 07:55:00 PM

James Neal left Thursday's game versus Chicago because of an upper-body injury.

He had three shots in 7:48 of ice time prior to leaving the contest. It's unclear at this time if he will be available to play Friday night at St. Louis. Neal leads the Predators with 14 goals this year.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 11:04:00 AM

James Neal has netted 13 of his 14 goals in the last 18 games.

He is currently on pace for 39 goals after he scored 31 times in 82 matches last season. Nashville has never had a 40-goal scorer and Neal's current pace could prove to be difficult to maintain.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 09:07:00 AM

James Neal scored two goals in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Neal scored the first two goals of the game just over 1:30 apart. He finished the game with a plus-2 rating and five shots on goal in 17:54 of ice time. Neal has 14 goals and six assists in 28 games this season. Mattias Ekholm, Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen also scored for the Preds.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 09:37:00 PM

James Neal scored in his return from an upper-body injury on Tuesday.

Neal helped lead the way towards a 4-3 win over Colorado. He now has goals in each of his last three appearances, with four points overall in that span. The power forward has 11 goals and 16 points in 21 games so far this season.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 02:09:00 AM

James Neal (upper body) has been activated from injured reserve.

He was on the ice for Tuesday's morning skate, where he took line rushes with Mike Fisher and Colin Wilson. Neal appears to be ready to return on Tuesday night after missing four games with an upper-body injury.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 02:06:00 PM

James Neal (upper body) has been downgraded to week-to-week.

Neal has missed two games so far due to the injury. He's already on the injured reserve list and unfortunately it sounds like he'll be on there for at least a little while.
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 01:38:00 PM

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