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James Neal | Winger | #18

Team: Nashville Predators
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/3/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 208
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 2 (33) / DAL
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James Neal admitted that his team wasn't ready for Game 5 against the Sharks.
And it certainly showed, as San Jose pounded Nashville 5-1. "Pretty visible, wasn't it?" Neal said. "We weren't ready to go, I guess, so they came out strong, good push, scored. But I thought we settled down a bit and got one back and then started playing a little better. But not good enough out of our group." The Preds are one win away from forcing a Game 7 in San Jose, but they're also one loss away from packing their bags and going home. May 8 - 9:49 AM

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James Neal picked up a pair of points during Thursday's Game 4 triple overtime win over San Jose.

Neal registered an assist and also scored the game-tying goal late in the third period to send the game into several extra frames. Through 11 postseason games he has four goals and six points.
May 6 - 2:31 AM

James Neal played with Mike Fisher and Colin Wilson in Game 3 against San Jose.

Coach Peter Laviolette shuffled his lines and the moves worked as the Predators won 4-1 on Tuesday night. Ryan Johansen played between Filip Forsberg and Craig Smith in the contest, but he picked up an assist on Neal's third goal of the postseason during a second-period power play.
May 5 - 9:12 AM

Forward James Neal, who hadn't produced a point in four games, notched a goal and an assist to help the Nashville Predators defeat the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 Monday night and extend their first-round playoff series to the maximum seven games.

Neal gave the Preds a 2-0 lead at 17:45 of the second period. He also assisted on Shea Weber's goal into Anaheim's empty net at 19:50 of the third period, tying the series at 3-3. The Preds took a 1-0 lead at 8:10 of the second period on a goal by Mattias Ekholm. Neal, Weber and Ekholm all now have two goals in this series, which will be decided in Game 7 Wednesday night. It will be the first Game 7 in the Preds' history.
Apr 25 - 11:33 PM

James Neal hasn't scored a goal in four games.

Neal scored 35 seconds into Game 1 against the Ducks and he hasn't been heard from since. The 28-year-old has six penalty minutes and minus-2 ratings through the first five games of the series. Nashville will need their top offensive players to produce in Game 6 on Monday if they hope to force a seventh game.
Apr 24 - 9:38 AM

James Neal was unstoppable during Friday's Game 1 win over the Ducks.

Neal sent a game-high nine shots on net and dished out five hits over nearly 21 minutes of work, though it was his 16th career playoff goal that was the big tally. Neal gave the Predators the lead just 35 seconds into the game, helping to set the tone.
Apr 16 - 2:07 AM

James Neal has benefited from the arrival of Ryan Johansen.

His points-per-game average went from .60 in 40 games before the Jan. 6 trade with Columbus to .80 in the last 40 contests. Neal has 31 goals and 56 points in 80 games this season. He is just two goals away from tying Jason Arnott for Nashville's single-season record. Teammate Filip Forsberg has 32 markers this campaign.
Apr 6 - 6:24 PM

James Neal potted a goal and added an assist in Nashville's 5-2 loss to Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

The 28-year-old had a terrific March, with 17 points in 15 games. He's been contributing consistently most of the season with 31 goals and 54 points in 78 games.
Mar 31 - 11:07 PM

James Neal continued his hot streak Thursday by scoring his 29th goal of the season.

He got Nashville on the board in the third period to help the Predators rally back from a 2-0 deficit and post a 3-2 shootout win over Vancouver. Neal has six goals and three assists in his last eight games.
Mar 25 - 10:10 AM

James Neal notched a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win against Los Angeles on Monday night.

He has potted five goals in the last four games to give him 28 markers on the season. Neal now has 400 points in his career, including 48 in 73 matches this year.
Mar 22 - 11:12 AM

James Neal picked up a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

He opened the scoring in the contest with his 27th goal of 2015-16 and he recorded an assist on Ryan Johansen's 12th marker of the year. Neal has 46 points in 71 games this season, with nine points coming in eight matches this month.
Mar 18 - 9:19 AM

James Neal scored his sixth career hat trick in the Nashville Predators 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night.

Neal now has twenty-six goals and eighteen assists this season for a grand total of forty-four points in seventy games played. He has five points in his past five games and is in the top twenty in goal scoring this season. With twenty-six goals, Neal is currently tied with Johnny Gaudreau, Daniel Sedin, John Tavares, and Loui Eriksson in goal scoring - pretty good company. Ride this wave.
Mar 15 - 1:23 AM

James Neal produced a goal and an assist in a 5-3 win against Dallas on Tuesday night.

He snapped a seven-game goalless skid with the multi-point performance. Neal had six shots against the Stars to help him end his drought. He has 22 goals and 39 points in 64 outings this year.
Mar 2 - 10:28 AM

James Neal scored a goal in Friday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Neal tied the game at two at the 4:01 mark of the third period. The goal allowed Neal to hit the 20-goal mark for the eighth consecutive season. The 28-year-old has 33 points in 55 games in 2015-16. He's on pace to hit the 30-goal mark for the first time since 2011-12.
Feb 12 - 10:59 PM

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Johansen
2Mike Ribeiro
3Mike Fisher
4Calle Jarnkrok
5Colton Sissons
LW1Colin Wilson
2Kevin Fiala
3Miikka Salomaki
4Austin Watson
RW1Filip Forsberg
2James Neal
3Craig Smith
4Viktor Arvidsson
D1P.K. Subban
2Roman Josi
3Ryan Ellis
4Mattias Ekholm
5Matt Carle
6Yannick Weber
7Anthony Bitetto
8Petter Granberg
G1Pekka Rinne
2Marek Mazanec
3Juuse Saros