Neal scored the game-winning goal in overtime and registered six shots on net during Friday's Game 1 win over Anaheim. The veteran winger has picked up his play as the playoffs have advanced and now has four goals and 25 shots over his past six contests. Neal actually left this game for a stretch, but returned unfazed and played hero in overtime. He has a strong power-play presence, and the recent uptick in shot volume is a huge boost for Nashville. Neal is also currently a ripe value option in daily contests.
Neal scored Nashville's only goal during Friday's Game 5 loss to St. Louis. The veteran winger also fired three shots on net to improve his recent numbers to three goals and 16 shots over his past four outings. Neal has also showed well on a new-look line with Mike Fisher and Colin Wilson. The uptick in production is promising for Nashville's chances of advancing to the Western Conference finals, and Neal is currently presenting target-worthy value in daily contests.
Neal scored the game-winner on one of his six shots in Tuesday's 2-1 Game 4 victory over the Blues. Neal was denied by a tremendous Jake Allen pad save and the pipe on a pair of Grade-A opportunities earlier in the third period before finally cashing in on an innocent-looking shot following a takeaway in the St. Louis zone with 6:57 to play. The veteran sniper has come alive with two goals on 13 shots over the past three games after a slow start to the postseason.
Neal recorded one assist in four playoff games as the Predators swept the Blackhawks. Neal's offensive production has not been fantastic, but he did dish out 15 hits in the first round while averaging 16:54 of ice time. His presence in the top power-play rotation makes him even more valuable, but it is still yet to be determined whether the Preds will face Minnesota or St. Louis in the second round.
Neal (upper body) is expected to return to the lineup for Thursday's game against the Stars, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports. Neal has missed Nashville's last three contests while recovering from an upper-body ailment, so he'll use the Predators' final two matches of the regular season to fine-tune his game ahead of the playoffs. The winger's matchup with the Stars is enticing, as he's played well against them this campaign, notching four points (one goal, three assists) in four games. Neal will likely return to a top-six role for Thursday's tilt.
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