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James Neal LW
Height/Weight: 6-2/215 | Birthdate: 9/3/1987 | Birthplace: Oshawa, Ontario, Canada | Team: Nashville Predators | College: None | NHL Experience: 5 | Salary: $5,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 99/85 | Average Draft Position: 13.97
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6/27/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Neal Shipped To Music City On Friday Night

News: James Neal was traded to Nashville on Friday in exchange for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling.
Analysis: James Neal had a very poor playoffs and it eventually led to his departure. The Penguins wanted to shed some salary up front as well, and it was quite clear that Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby weren't going anywhere. Neal immediately becomes Nashville's best offensive option and even though he won't be playing with Crosby or Malkin anymore, his fantasy value figures to remain about the same.

5/7/2014

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James Neal

Neal Active For Pittsburgh

News: After having just one point in six games during the Penguins' opening round series against Columbus, James Neal has collected a point in all but one of the team's games against the Rangers, notching an assist in Wednesday's Game 4 win.
Analysis: James Neal still has just a modest two goals in the playoffs but has been staying active after limping through the opening round. We know his potential and what he can offer to the Penguins' roster if he is producing, but more goals would be a welcomed sight.

5/4/2014

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James Neal

Pens' Neal Seeing Reduced Ice Time

News: James Neal's 14:58 TOI against the Rangers on Sunday represents his sixth-lowest ice time of the season.
Analysis: A lack of discipline and penchant for taking bad penalties has kept James Neal on the bench. From a fantasy perspective, the forward did record a primary assist on Chris Kunitz's goal, giving him three points in eight playoff games.

5/3/2014

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James Neal

Neal On Scoreboard For Penguins

News: James Neal scored Pittsburgh's second goal in Friday's overtime loss to the Rangers in Game 1 of the Metropolitan Divisional finals, his first goal since Game 4 of the opening round series against Columbus.
Analysis: James Neal, like several other of his high profile teammates, has been quiet this postseason. His goal Friday went off of Henrik Lundqvist and trickled over the goal line, but he likely won't complain. The Penguins will need more from Neal than two goals through seven games considering his ice time, especially his ice time on the power play.

4/28/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH Neal's Game Goes South In Round 1

James Neal

Neal's Game Goes South In Round 1

News: After averaging better than a point per game in the regular season, James Neal completed the first round of the playoffs with one goal and no assists.
Analysis: First, he was taken of the No. 1 power-play unit and then he was separated from usual linemate, Evgeni Malkin (for the most part). True to form, James Neal led his team with 27 shots on goal against Columbus, but he'll have to play his way back into a more prominent role in Round 2.

4/24/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Pens' Neal Gets First Point Of Playoffs

News: James Neal tallied a goal in Wednesday's overtime loss to the Blue Jackets.
Analysis: James Neal's first point of the postseason propelled the Penguins to a 3-0 lead in the first period, but it ultimately wouldn't hold up, as the Blue Jackets rallied for the tying goal in the third period before scoring the winner in overtime. Although his point production hasn't been great so far in the postseason, he's at least been active offensively, with 20 shot attempts over the four games.

4/22/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH Neal Off Pens' No. 1 PP Unit

James Neal

Neal Off Pens' No. 1 PP Unit

News: The Penguins took James Neal off the No. 1 power-play unit in practice Monday, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: James Neal is the odd forward out with Pittsburgh going back to a two-defenseman power-play unit. Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz and Evgeni Malkin remain on as the Pens' three forwards, while defenders Paul Martin and Matt Niskanen will play at the points.

4/16/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH Pens' Neal The Real Deal Against Columbus

James Neal

Pens' Neal The Real Deal Against Columbus

News: James Neal netted a hat trick and five points Dec. 29 against the Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh's Round 1 opponent.
Analysis: The power forward suited up just two times against Columbus due to injuries and suspensions. James Neal concluded the regular season with three goals and six points in four games. The Penguins are healthier than they've been all season and Neal's power-play presence could prove key to Pittsburgh's success.

4/12/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH Neal Leads Pens With Three Points Saturday

James Neal

Neal Leads Pens With Three Points Saturday

News: James Neal scored his 27th goal and added a pair of assists Saturday afternoon against Philadelphia.
Analysis: He took an undisciplined slashing minor, but that likely helps fantasy owners. After a prolonged slump, James Neal has three goals and three assists in his last three games. He's set to have a big postseason.

4/9/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH Pens' Neal Doubles Up On Goals Wednesday

James Neal

Pens' Neal Doubles Up On Goals Wednesday

News: James Neal was named the No. 2 star Wednesday, scoring his 10th and 11th power-play goals of the season.
Analysis: The goals were just his third and fourth in the last 18 games. James Neal is a streaky scorer and could be looking at a nice point run entering the postseason. The forward now has 26 goals and 58 points in 57 games.

3/22/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH Neal Gives Pittsburgh Happy Returns Saturday

James Neal

Neal Gives Pittsburgh Happy Returns Saturday

News: James Neal registered his fourth game-winning goal of the season Saturday, scoring in overtime to give Pittsburgh a 4-3 victory against Tampa Bay.
Analysis: The goal snapped a seven-game drought for James Neal and gives him nine power-play markers. The forward, who now has 23 goals and 53 points in 47 games, avoided suspension for a nasty cross-check Thursday night against Detroit.

3/20/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH Pens' Neal Helps Out In OT Loss

James Neal

Pens' Neal Helps Out In OT Loss

News: James Neal tallied two assists, including one on the man advantage, in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Red Wings on Thursday night.
Analysis: In his second game back after battling a concussion, James Neal registered 10 shots on goal -- matching his season high. His goalless stretch has now reached seven games, but look for that slump to end as soon as Saturday, when the Pens host Tampa Bay.

3/19/2014

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James Neal

Penguins' Neal A Game-Time Decision

News: James Neal (concussion) is a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Stars.
Analysis: James Neal skated with Jussi Jokinen and Evgeni Malkin in Tuesday's morning skate, but he'll still need to be cleared by doctors in order to play against the Stars.

3/18/2014

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James Neal

Pens' Neal To Return Tuesday

News: James Neal (concussion) will be back in the lineup Tuesday.
Analysis: James Neal took his usual spot on the second line during pregame warmups and will make his return after missing the previous two games with a concussion. Fantasy owners who were expecting the worst when coach Dan Bylsma ruled Neal out indefinitely after he was diagnosed with the head injury last week have to be pleased about his return to the lineup.

3/17/2014

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James Neal

Pens' Neal Return Date Not Set In Blarney Stone

News: Coach Dan Bylsma wasn't optimistic James Neal (concussion) would return to the lineup Tuesday. "Don't know at this point in time (if he can play Tuesday vs. Dallas or Thursday in Detroit)," Bylsma told the Penguins' website. "Obviously he was symptom-free and went out for a full practice, so hopefully he remains symptom-free and can progress from there."
Analysis: "Today was a good day and I felt good out there in practice," James Neal said. "Keep getting better from here." Starting Neal in weekly leagues is a tough call. He sounds as if he wants to play all four games this week, but his coach seems to think sitting Tuesday and Thursday might be a better idea. Either way, Neal figures to see action in at least two games.

3/17/2014

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James Neal

News Positive For Pens' Neal

News: James Neal (concussion) believes he could return to the lineup as soon as Tuesday.
Analysis: "As long as I'm good all day today and if I feel good in the morning, there's no reason why I can't play Tuesday vs. Dallas," James Neal said. The Penguins sit comfortably in first place of the Metropolitan Division, but are coming off of lackluster efforts against the Flyers over the weekend. Pittsburgh plays four games this week, so even if Neal sits Tuesday then there's a shot he comes back for the other three contests.

3/14/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Pens' Neal Has Concussion

News: James Neal has missed the Penguins' last two practices due to a concussion and is considered out indefinitely, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: James Neal previously missed nearly three weeks of action late last season with a concussion, so the Penguins will surely evaluate him carefully given his history with the head injury. The concussion comes as poor timing with the fantasy playoffs around the corner and Neal averaging over a point per game. He'll have to advance through every step of the league's protocol before receiving clearance for a return to game action.

3/14/2014

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James Neal

Pens' Neal Absent From Practice Again

News: James Neal (undisclosed) missed his second straight practice Friday, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: It was suspected that James Neal's failure to practice Thursday was for maintenance purposes more than anything, but his absence Friday suggests the team could be concealing an injury. Fantasy owners should prepare as if he'll play Saturday vs. the Flyers, but it wouldn't be surprise if he was announced as a scratch prior to pregame warmups.

3/13/2014

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James Neal

Pens' Neal Misses Practice Thursday

News: James Neal received a maintenance day Thursday and will be re-evaluated Friday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: James Neal isn't known to be dealing with a specific injury, but both he and Chris Kunitz sat out Thursday's practice. While he seems likely to play in Saturday's game against the Flyers, Neal may be in some danger of missing that contest.

3/1/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH Pens' Neal Scores Again Saturday

James Neal

Pens' Neal Scores Again Saturday

News: James Neal scored Pittsburgh's lone goal in a 5-1 loss to Chicago at Soldier Field on Saturday.
Analysis: James Neal touched the puck last before Chicago blueliner Brent Seabrook flicked the biscuit past his own goalie while trying make a clearing pass. He now has goals in five straight games.

2/27/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH Pens' Neal Nets 21st Goal Thursday

James Neal

Pens' Neal Nets 21st Goal Thursday

News: James Neal scored one goal and assisted on another in Thursday's 6-5 shootout loss to Montreal.
Analysis: He has goals in four straight games and eight points in his last six. With 47 points in 38 games, James Neal figures to eclipse the point-per-game mark for just the second time in six NHL seasons.

2/7/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH Pens' Neal Reaches 20-Goal Mark Friday

James Neal

Pens' Neal Reaches 20-Goal Mark Friday

News: James Neal scored in his third straight game Friday and added a power-play assist against the Rangers.
Analysis: His eight-game goalless slump is a thing of the past, as only the Olympic break can slow his scoring pace. James Neal's 20th goal Friday gives him at least 20 goals in every one of his six NHL seasons.

2/3/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH Neal Nets OT Game-Winner Monday

James Neal

Neal Nets OT Game-Winner Monday

News: James Neal snapped an eight-game goalless slump Monday with an overtime game-winner against the Senators.
Analysis: James Neal's 18th goal of the season came on his sixth registered shot. The forward will play two more times in Week 19 and then sit during the Olympic break.

2/1/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Pens' Neal Goalless In Phoenix On Saturday

News: James Neal tallied an assist Saturday but failed to find the back of the net for the eighth straight game.
Analysis: Along with Evgeni Malkin, James Neal led the Pens in shots with four Saturday. It's not surprising that his goal scoring has tailed off, as he potted 17 in his first 26 games, an unsustainable pace. At the same time, the longer he goes without scoring, the more the mind games hinder his overall game.

1/31/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH Pens' Neal Gripping The Stick Too Tightly?

James Neal

Pens' Neal Gripping The Stick Too Tightly?

News: James Neal was held without a goal for the Pens' seventh straight game Thursday.
Analysis: He's still taking shots -- he's taken 22 in those seven game, so the best thing to do is wait out James Neal's goal-scoring woes. At times Thursday, it looked as though the Pens were trying to feed Neal the way a player looking for the hat trick gets fed.