Neal skated on a line with Malkin and Kunitz and practiced on the team's #1 power-play unit. It sure looks like he will be back in the lineup tomorrow vs. the Hurricanes. He has missed the last nine games with a concussion.
Neal playing with Crosby at #Pens morning skate: Kunitz-Crosby-Neal
With Malkin out it looks as if the Penguins are going to move Neal up to the first line to play with Crosby. This is good news for Neal's owners as his production was likely to dip a little with the absence of Malkin. This hurts Pascal Dupuis however, who will now play with Beau Bennett and Brandon Sutter.
BUFFALO — The Penguins have signed right wing James Neal to a six-year, $30 million contract extension, the team announced this morning. Neal was set to be a restricted free agent following this season.
Great deal for the Pens as they lock up arguably their most prolific scorer. Neal scored 30 goals and 56 points through 58 games in his first full season in Pittsburgh.