Neal, who missed Saturday’s game, was on the ice for Monday’s morning skate. He took line rushes on the Predators fourth line and said after the skate that he was not sure if he would play. Shortly after, head coach Peter Laviolette said that he believes Neal will play, so we will have to see in warmups.
Neal (illness) took part in the Predators morning skate; could play Monday.
Neal missed Saturday’s game with an illness, but he is skating this morning which suggests that he will return to the lineup tonight vs. the Blue Jackets. Neal has two goals and three assists in his last six games and 19 points (11G / 8A) in 30 games this season.
On Friday, the Penguins dealt James Neal to the Predators for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling.
Neal missed 23 games this season, but still notched 27 goals and 34 assists (61 points) in the 59 games he did play. After a strong regular season, Neal struggled in the playoffs posting just four points (2G / 2A) in 13 games. The Penguins were looking to dump some salary but they part ways with a $5 million dollar cap-hit and take on a $4.25 million cap-hit in Hornqvist. Neal beams the focal point of the Predators offence and should produce around the same rate as he did on Evgeni Malkin's wing in Pittsburgh.
This is a good sign that he will be in the lineup tonight. If he was not cleared by doctors he likely would not be on the ice. We won't know for certain if he is in until right before puck-drop so make you have to make the call, but all signs pointing towards him being in.
Neal (concussion) skated this morning, needs medical clearance to play vs. Stars.
Neal missed the last two games with a concussion, but could return tonight. He was skating on his regular line and participated in power-play drills this morning. Both are signs that he will return, but he has to cleared first. "I still need to be cleared to play, that's the next step," said Neal. "I felt good today and all day yesterday. Moving in right direction" Monitor his status around 5 p.m ET when the Penguins are scheduled to arrive at the rink prior to their 7 p.m game vs. Dallas.
Neal (concussion) is reportedly symptom-free, but no decision on when he will play has been made.
Neal missed the home-and-home with the Flyers on the weekend and likely won't suit up on Tuesday. It is a great sign that he is already symptom-free and could potentially return on Thursday in Detroit.
It is a little surprising to see Neal on the ice just three days after being diagnosed with a concussion. Neal missed both games vs. the Flyers over the weekend, and likely won't be back on Tuesday vs. Dallas.
This explains why Neal has missed the last two days of practice. The injuries continue to pile up for the Penguins. Neal likely will not play over the weekend and will be monitored day-to-day after that. Brian Gibbons will move up and play on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Jussi Jokinen.
Neal (undisclosed) is not at practice for the second straight day.
Neal's absence from practice on Thursday was classified as a 'maintenance' day, but missing practice today as well is alarming. The Penguins take on the Flyers on Saturday, so monitor Neal's status during pre-game warmups tomorrow. Puck-drop is at 1 pm ET.
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.