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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%: 98/86 | Average Draft Position: 78.87
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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.

1/9/2015

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Predators' Neal (Lower Body) Practicing Friday

News: James Neal (lower body) is practicing Friday, Eric Stromgren of the Tennessean reports.
Analysis: James Neal has missed the last four games, and while he was recently placed on injured reserve, he's still eligible to return for Saturday's contest in Minnesota. The return to practice is a sign of progress, so Neal may stand a chance to play in Tuesday's game against the Canucks, even if he ends up missing Saturday's game.

1/8/2015

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Predators' Neal Lands On Injured Reserve

News: James Neal (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Thursday.
Analysis: The Predators have not provided much in terms of details regarding James Neal's status, but his placement on injured reserve rules him out for a fourth straight game Thursday. He will be eligible to return at any point having already been out more than a week, but it remains to be seen how much longer he will be sidelined.

1/6/2015

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal Set To Sit Third Straight

News: James Neal (lower body) appears set to miss Tuesday's game against the Hurricanes.
Analysis: James Neal remained off the ice for the Preds' morning skate, suggesting he'll head to the press box for a third straight contest. The team appears to consider the winger day-to-day, but his inability to skate for nearly a week would seem to suggest otherwise. He'll need to show some signs of progress quickly in order to avoid landing on IR.

1/4/2015

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Predators' Neal (Lower Body) Out Sunday

News: James Neal (lower body) is not playing in Sunday's game against the Ducks.
Analysis: James Neal will miss a second straight game, marking just his third absence of the season. He ranks fifth on the Predators with 23 points, but he leads the team in both shots on goal (118) and penalty minutes (37).

1/4/2015

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal (Lower Body) Out Saturday

News: James Neal (lower body) will sit out Saturday's game against the Kings, Dennis Bernstein of The Fourth Period reports.
Analysis: James Neal's status for Saturday's game was in some question after he missed Friday's practice, and it looks like the Predators will err on the side of caution by resting him. The winger previously missed a game due to illness, but has otherwise been a picture of health in his first season with the Predators. With Neal unavailable, look for new arrival Viktor Stalberg to enter the lineup.

1/3/2015

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal: (Lower Body) Status Unclear For Sat.

News: James Neal is dealing with a lower-body injury, putting his status in question for Saturday's game against the Kings, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.
Analysis: James Neal missed Friday's practice with what was described as a maintenance day, but it sounds like he might have tweaked something during Tuesday's game against the Blues. His availability for Saturday likely won't be known until the Predators hold their pregame warmups 30 minutes before the 4:00 ET puck drop.

12/29/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal Snipes A Pair Monday

News: James Neal found twine twice Monday -- once on the power play -- in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Blackhawks.
Analysis: That's 13 goals and 23 points in 34 games for the volume shooter, who's also fired a whopping 115 shots on goal, good for 19th most in the league. The former Penguin has produced heartily in other categories as well (plus-14, 37 PIM), making him a must-roll in all formats. Furthermore, it looks like life without Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby isn't so bad after all, as the Predators are getting plenty of offensive production from Filip Forsberg, Mike Ribeiro and Shea Weber, among others.

12/24/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal Spends Time In Sin Bin Tuesday

News: James Neal registed an assist and spent 14 minutes in the penalty box in Tuesday's loss to the Bruins.
Analysis: The 14 penalty minutes represent more than a third of James Neal's total for the season (37). He's shown in the past that he can be somewhat useful in that category, but it's Neal's contributions as a scorer that will drive his fantasy value. He's doing that at a respectable clip this season with 21 points in 32 games, but the disappearance of his power-play production (just two points on the season) has sunk his value a bit. He was a force on the man advantage with the Penguins in 2013-14, netting 11 goals and assisting on 15 others.

12/23/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal Thrives In Return

News: James Neal (illness) returned to action Monday against the Blue Jackets, tallying an assist, two shot attempts and a plus-3 rating over his 15:29 of ice time.
Analysis: The illness prevented James Neal from playing over the weekend against the Wild, but fortunately, he was never revealed to be dealing with any symptoms related to the mumps. The winger isn't quite producing at the levels he did in Pittsburgh the last few seasons, but with 11 goals, 20 points and a plus-13 rating over 31 games, he's still been plenty valuable in his first year in Nashville.

12/20/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

No Mumps For Preds' Neal

News: Coach Peter Laviolette said that the illness preventing James Neal from playing in Saturday's game against the Wild isn't related to the mumps virus.
Analysis: Fortunately, it would seem James Neal is dealing with some kind of flu or cold that is unrelated to mumps epidemic laying waste to the NHL. The winger wasn't able to practice Friday and remained absent from the team's morning skate Saturday, but Laviolette wouldn't rule out the possibility of Neal playing Monday against Columbus.

12/20/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal To Sit Saturday With Illness

News: James Neal is dealing with an illness and will not play Saturday against the Wild, Eric Stromgren of The Tennessean reports.
Analysis: The Predators haven't provided any word on whether or not James Neal is dealing with the dreaded mumps virus, but they did suggest that the winger could be a possibility for Monday's game against the Blue Jackets or Tuesday's tilt in Boston. After an injury-plagued 2013-14 campaign, Neal hasn't missed any previous time in his first season in Nashville, producing 19 points in 30 games.

12/12/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal Rolling Again

News: James Neal scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal, contributed an assist and went plus-2 in Thursday's road victory over Arizona.
Analysis: He's now got four points in his last four contests after enduring a seven-game scoreless drought. With a modest 18 points in 28 games, James Neal's on his worst scoring pace since 2010-11 right now, although at least he's got that plus-12 rating to hang his hat on.

12/11/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH Preds' Neal Bags Goal In Victory

James Neal

Preds' Neal Bags Goal In Victory

News: James Neal netted his 10th goal of the season in Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Avalanche.
Analysis: James Neal's offense has largely been missing since mid-November, as the winger has produced just two points in 10 games since Nov. 15. Much of the blame lies in his departure from his cushy gig on the Pens' power play, where he accumulated 25 of his 61 points last season. With less offensive firepower surrounding him in Nashville, Neal has managed just a single goal and assist on the man advantage in 2014-15.

11/26/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Offense Dries Up For Preds' Neal

News: James Neal failed to crack the scoresheet during Tuesday's shootout win over Los Angeles, marking the fourth consecutive game he was held without a point.
Analysis: The good news is, James Neal continues to skate on the Preds' top line with Mike Ribeiro and rookie Filip Forsberg, and is seeing monster minutes (21:09 versus the Kings, including 4:48 on the power play). He's also shooting the puck a ton - he fired off five shots on Tuesday and has 28 in his last seven games alone. As long as these positive signs persist, the points will come. Keep rolling him as you normally would.

11/16/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH Preds' Neal Streaking

James Neal

Preds' Neal Streaking

News: James Neal tallied his ninth goal of the campaign in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Jets.
Analysis: The 27-year-old is in the middle of a four-game point streak and has produced a plus-6 rating during that time. He's meshed well with Mike Ribeiro and emerging star Filip Forsberg on the Preds' top line and could be in store for a 70-point season if he's able to stay healthy.

11/8/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal Has Two-Point Outing

News: James Neal bagged his eighth goal of the season and added an assist in Saturday's win over the Blues.
Analysis: James Neal really has been the real deal in Nashville, posting 11 points through his first 14 games. The top-line winger has recorded a plus-6 rating over his last five games and is on pace to score 46 goals with Nashville. The former Penguin is a big reason why the Predators have been one of the league's best surprises thus far.

11/3/2014

James Neal, RW, NSH

James Neal

Preds' Neal Dishes Out Two Assists

News: James Neal assisted on both of Filip Forsberg's two goals in Sunday's win over Vancouver.
Analysis: The Predators new top line of James Neal, Mike Ribeiro, and Forsberg was great Sunday, helping the team to their seventh win of the season. Although Neal has seven goals on the year, Sunday's game marked the first time this season Neal had been credited with an assist. The former Penguin is doing great in Nashville after many thought his production would dip with the loss of Evgeni Malkin as his center.