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18 James Neal LW
Height/Weight: 6-2/208 | Birthdate: 9/3/1987 | Birthplace: Oshawa, Ontario, Canada | Team: Nashville Predators | College: None | NHL Experience: 6 | Salary: $5,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 92/49 | Average Draft Position: 78.87
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4/25/2015

James Neal, RW, NSH Preds' Neal Strikes Twice In Game 6 Loss

James Neal

Preds' Neal Strikes Twice In Game 6 Loss

News: James Neal scored a pair of goals, dished out six hits and collected four PIM in Saturday's series-ending Game 6 loss to Chicago.
Analysis: While the Predators may be eliminated from the playoffs, James Neal finished the postseason red-hot, recording back-to-back multi-point outings and scoring in three straight games. The 27-year-old was productive throughout the postseason, firing a whopping 25 shots on goal and notching eight PIM. He'll look to build on this strong finish when he enters his second season with Nashville in 2015-16.

4/23/2015

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal Coming Alive

News: James Neal scored a goal and chipped in an assist, a plus-1 rating and two PIM in Thursday's Game 5 victory over Chicago.
Analysis: James Neal's really come alive over the last two games, as he's celebrated ending a six-game stretch of futility by starting on a goal-scoring streak. His offense has come in fits and starts this season, so it may be advisable to take advantage while Neal is (relatively) hot.

4/21/2015

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal Finds Twine In Game 4 Loss

News: James Neal collected his first point of these playoffs Tuesday in Chicago, scoring a goal to go with a plus-1 rating, two PIM and five hits in a Game 4 loss.
Analysis: Outstanding work by James Neal, who had been on a six-game pointless streak going back to the end of the regular season. Worse, he'd gone minus-6 in that span. It's been a disappointing first year in Nashville for the 27-year-old sniper, who saw an unsurprisingly big reduction in his stats after being traded away from gifted distributors Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. He's now one game away from seeing his season come to an end, as the Preds are in a 3-1 hole.

4/4/2015

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal Nets Two Points In Return

News: James Neal returned to the lineup Saturday, potting his 23rd goal of the season and adding an assist in a loss to Dallas.
Analysis: A terrific return for James Neal, who had missed the previous nine games with an upper-body injury. His goal total is good, but his 37 points in 64 games are a bit of a disappointment. With the playoffs right around the corner, Neal will look to finish the regular season on a high note. He's only got 11 goals in 38 career playoff games, but considering the fact he's now skaing on the top line with Mike Ribeiro and Filip Forsberg, he should continue finding twine at a decent rate.

4/4/2015

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal Back In Lineup Saturday

News: James Neal (upper body) will return to the lineup Saturday against the Stars, NHL.com's Robby Stanley reports.
Analysis: James Neal missed the previous nine games with the injury, but was cleared to play after practicing Thursday and Friday without any apparent setbacks. With 35 points this season and only four on the power play, Neal has been a bit of a disappointment in his first season with the Predators, but it's possible the injury might have impacted his performance over the last few games before he was sidelined. The Predators will attempt to get him back on track right away by slotting him on the top line next to the productive duo of Mike Ribeiro and Filip Forsberg.

4/2/2015

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal Practices Thursday

News: James Neal (upper body) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Coach Peter Laviolette was pleased with how James Neal looked during the session. The winger assumed his normal spot on the Preds' first line, and also saw duty in power-play drills, which would seem to suggest he's in line for a return to the lineup Saturday against the Stars. The team probably won't know for certain if Neal will play until after Friday's practice.

3/31/2015

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal Out Until Saturday

News: General manager David Poile said that James Neal (upper body) won't be able to play until at least Saturday against the Stars, John Glennon of The Tennessean reports.
Analysis: While James Neal will remain out of the lineup for a ninth straight game Tuesday against the Canucks, it appears the Predators are confident that he'll be able to get at least a few matches under his belt before the start of the playoffs. The winger was able to participate in Tuesday's morning skate and should increase his on-ice activity in practices before the week draws to a close.

3/29/2015

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal Remains Sidelined

News: James Neal (upper body) won't play Sunday against the Flmes, NHL.com's Robby Stanley reports.
Analysis: James Neal, who last suited up on March 12, thus remains day-to-day as Tuesday's game against the Canucks approaches.

3/25/2015

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal To Miss Road Trip

News: James Neal (upper body) is in line to miss the Predators' two-game road trip Thursday in Tampa Bay and Saturday in Washington.
Analysis: James Neal returned to the ice Wednesday for practice, the first time he's skated with the team since sustaining the injury about a week and a half ago. However, the winger will still need more time to demonstrate that he's healthy, making it an easy call for the Predators to rule him out for the trip. If his workouts back in Nashville go well over the next few days, he could be a lineup option for Sunday's tilt with the Flames.

3/23/2015

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal (Upper Body) Misses Practice Monday

News: James Neal (upper body) missed practice Monday and remains day-to-day, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
Analysis: James Neal has been sidelined for over a week with the issue, so day-to-day was not an accurate initial tag. His absence form practice Monday isn't promising, as he will likely need to do so before returning to the lineup. He hasn't officially been ruled out for Tuesday, but chances are that will be the case once again.

3/22/2015

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal Out Saturday

News: James Neal (upper body) is out of the lineup Saturday against the Sabres.
Analysis: It will be the fourth straight game James Neal has missed due to the injury. Neal hasn't been able to skate since the Preds' March 12 game against the Sharks, and there's been no indication as of yet regarding when his return might eventually come.

3/20/2015

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal Misses Another Practice

News: James Neal (upper body) is not practicing Friday, NHL.com's Brooks Bratten reports.
Analysis: With James Neal in danger of missing another game, Viktor Arvidsson skated on the first line at Friday's practice. Colin Wilson (lower body) was also absent from Friday's practice, after suffering an injury during Thursday's session.

3/17/2015

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal Day-To-Day

News: James Neal (upper body) did not participate in Tuesday's morning skate and appears unlikely to play later in the evening against the Wild, the Preds' official site reports.
Analysis: It will mark the third straight game James Neal has missed due to the upper-body concern. Coach Peter Laviolette indicated that Neal will remain day-to-day in advance of Saturday's game against the Sabres.

3/15/2015

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal (Upper Body) Out Sunday

News: James Neal (upper body) did not take the ice for warmups before Sunday's game against the Ducks, John Glennon of The Tennesean reports.
Analysis: With James Neal missing a second straight game, Mike Santorelli figures to get another shot on the top line. Neal can still be considered day-to-day, and Nashville's next game is scheduled for Tuesday against the Wild.

3/15/2015

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal Misses Saturday's Game With Injury

News: James Neal missed Saturday's 2-1 win over the Kings with an upper-body injury, John Glennon of The Tennessean reports.
Analysis: James Neal was absent from the Preds' morning skate Saturday, but it was believed he was just using his option and would be available for the game. However, he was absent from warmups and ended up being replaced in the lineup by Calle Jarnkrok, with Mike Santorelli moving up to take over Neal's place on the top line. Neal, who is tied for the team lead with 22 goals, is being viewed as day-to-day heading into Sunday's match against the Ducks.

3/10/2015

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal Snaps Nine-Game Pointless Drought

News: James Neal snapped his nine-game pointless drought in style Monday, sniping the game-winner 2:45 into overtime against Arizona.
Analysis: What a relief for James Neal's owners, many of whom likely benched the former Penguin at some point during his slump. He did throw 26 shots on net in those nine games, however, and should continue to be an elite volume shooter (202 SOG) in the last month of the season. Neal has found other ways to be productive too, posting a tidy plus-14 rating, racking up 55 PIM and chipping in 13 assists to go with his 22 goals.

3/4/2015

James Neal, RW, NSH Preds' Neal Struggling Through Scoring Drought

James Neal

Preds' Neal Struggling Through Scoring Drought

News: James Neal was held off the scoresheet for the seventh consecutive game during Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Devils.
Analysis: The Preds - losers of four straight and six of their past eight - have really come back to earth over the past two weeks, and James Neal's scoreless drought has not helped. However, the good news is he's shooting the puck a ton, including 14 shots in his last three games alone. He's also seeing premium ice time - roughly 20 minutes per night with heavy minutes on the power play. As long as he continues to skate on the Preds' top line alongside Mike Ribeiro and Filip Forsberg, fantasy owners can do little but continue to roll Neal and hope he breaks out of his slump soon.

2/18/2015

James Neal, RW, NSH Streaking Neal Powers Preds To Win Over Sharks

James Neal

Streaking Neal Powers Preds To Win Over Sharks

News: James Neal scored his 20th goal of the season - his third in the past four games - in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Sharks.
Analysis: Following a stint on the Preds' second line, James Neal has been moved back to the first line alongside Mike Ribeiro and Colin Wilson. With 33 points in 51 games, Neal is a big factor behind the Preds' ascension to the top of the NHL standings, and should be in your fantasy lineup at every opportunity.

2/6/2015

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal Earns Power-Play Goal

News: James Neal put five shots on net and found twine on a third-period power play in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Ducks.
Analysis: After enduring a three-game stretch where he attempted only three shots on goal, James Neal has fired off 13 tries in his last two contests. While he still looks like one of the Preds' top finishers at the net, Neal's steep decline in power-play productivity has muted his impact this season. He has only four points on the man advantage thus far in 2014-15, after averaging 24 power-play points over his previous three seasons.

1/30/2015

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal Ends Three-Game Point Drought

News: James Neal found the net on his only shot on goal in Thursday's loss to the Blues.
Analysis: James Neal hasn't quite been the premier sniper the Predators thought they had acquired in June, but he's been plenty productive in his first season in Music City. He's notched 15 goals and 27 points in 40 games, with his plus-16 rating ranking 17th in the NHL.

1/16/2015

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal Strikes Twice In Win

News: James Neal potted two goals and had five shots on goal in Friday's win over the Capitals.
Analysis: James Neal has four points in two games since returning from a lower-body injury. The 27-year-old has 15 goals and 27 points in 37 games on the season, to go with an impressive plus-17 rating. Neal, who has four game-winning goals and 124 shots on goal this season, is back to full health and skating on the second line, making him an automatic roll every game. On pace for 30 goals and 55 points, the former Penguin is an elite sniper and a big reason why the Predators are leading the NHL with 64 points.

1/14/2015

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal Activated Tuesday

News: James Neal (lower body) was activated from injured reserve and will play Tuesday against the Canucks, Maren Angus of The Tennessean reports.
Analysis: The lower-body injury held James Neal out for five games, but he was cleared to play after rejoining the team for practice Monday. Look for Neal to skate on the second line with Mike Fisher and Colin Wilson during Tuesday's tilt.

1/13/2015

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal Helps Out In Return

News: James Neal picked up two assists, a plus-1 rating and two PIM in his return from injured reserve Tuesday, contributing to a 5-1 win over the Canucks.
Analysis: It's his first game of 2015 after a lower-body ailment made him miss the Preds' last five. James Neal has unsurprisingly seen a decline in his scoring rate this year, but the Preds have been excellent, so he remains a strong fantasy asset for his combination of points, plus-minus and PIM.

1/12/2015

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal Practices

News: James Neal (lower body) skated with Mike Fisher and Colin Wilson at Monday's practice, NHL.com's Robby Stanley reports.
Analysis: More on James Neal's status as Tuesday's game against the Canucks approaches, but Monday's practice participation bodes well for his chances of suiting up for the contest.

1/10/2015

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal Out Saturday

News: James Neal (lower body) will not return to action Saturday against the Wild, Eric Stromgren of The Tennessean reports.
Analysis: Despite practicing Friday, James Neal will not be accompanying the Predators for the trip to Minnesota. Instead, he'll continue to skate on his own Saturday before likely rejoining the team for practice Sunday. Neal looks on track to return to the lineup Tuesday versus the Canucks.