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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%: 94/40 | Average Draft Position: 78.87
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.