Neal (upper-body) says he is "ready to go" tonight vs. Florida.
The Penguins held Neal out of Wednesday's contest because of an upper-body injury, with four days off in between games it was the smart decision to get their sniper back to 100 per cent. He has 36 points (17G / 19A) and a plus-9 rating in 27 games this season. Activate him in all formats.
Neal (upper-body) is not on the ice for the Penguins pre-game warmup.
It looks like Neal will not play tonight vs. the Capitals and Pierre Letourneau-Leblond will draw into the lineup. This is a little surprising because Neal made it sound like he was going to play this morning. Consider him day-to-day.
Neal (upper-body) is skating on his regular line at morning skate.
Neal missed the last two days of practice and was listed as questionable for tonight's game, but his presence at the morning skate is a good sign that he could be available tonight. We will get an official word following the a.m skate.
Neal (upper-body) is day-to-day and listed as questionable for Wednesday's contest.
The Penguins have said that this upper-body injury is not related to the one that kept him out in December. He has not been ruled out for Wednesday's game, but if he can't play it would leave an already shorthanded team even more depleted. Neal has registered seven goals and nine assists (16 points) in his last 11 games.
Neal is skating on the Penguins top-line with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz.
Neal has skated on this line for a few shifts in recent games, but it appears he will skate there in tonight's game vs. the Rangers. Skating with Crosby should obviously help Neal rack up the points. He has four goals and five assists in six games since returning from his five-game suspension. He has totalled 30 points (14G / 16A) in 22 games.
James Neal returns to the Penguins' lineup tonight after serving his five game suspension.
Neal has been on-fire when in the lineup tonight. He has recorded 10 goals and 10 assists (20 points) in 16 games. He will skate on a line with Jussi Jokinen for sure, who his other linemate is remains to be seen.
James Neal has been suspended five games for kneeing Bruins forward Brad Marchand on Saturday.
The five games is the max a player can be suspended over a phone hearing. Neal will not be eligible to return until December 19 against the Minnesota Wild. Jayson Megna will skate in Neal's spot next to Evgeni Malkin tonight.
Neal is facing discipline for a deliberate knee to the head of Bruins forward Brad Marchand. Neal's actions led to Shawn Thornton's sucker punch on Brooks Orpik. Neal went out of his way to land the ugly knee, he was given a penalty on the play and will likely be forced to serve a couple game suspension for his actions.
Neal (lower-body) is on the ice with the Penguins for the second day in a row.
Neal will have to be activated from IR before he can rejoin the Penguins lineup. Neal is questionable for Saturday's contest with the Blues, but monitor his status going forward - he is nearing a return.
Neal skated with the Penguins for the first time since suffering a lower-body prior to the start of the season.
Neal has only appeared in the season opener; which he left early. It sounds like he could be back in the Penguins lineup in the next couple games. Monitor his status prior to Saturday (vs. Blues). If he can not go on Saturday, he can next return on Wednesday.