James Neal

#18 RW / Nashville Predators / EXP: 7YRS Height: 6-2 Weight: 208 lb Age: 28 College: None

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    • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

      Predators' James Neal: Heating Up

      Neal scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season during Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Ducks, giving him a four-game consecutive points streak (two goals, three assists). With 15 points in 17 games, Neal is now on pace for a 72-point campaign, which would be his best full-season result since 2011-12 with the Penguins. Keep him rolling.

    • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

      Predators' James Neal: Multi-point night in win

      Neal had a goal and an assist in Saturday's 7-0 rout of the Jets. That's points in three straight games for Neal, who has 14 points in the season's first 16 games. His ice time looks rough at just 15:10, but with the team taking 72 minutes of penalties, they were shorthanded frequently and there wasn't much point putting top players out in a game like that.

    • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

      Predators' James Neal: Ten points in his last seven games

      Neal potted his seventh goal of the season on the power play in Saturday's overtime loss to the Kings. All seven of his goals and all 10 of his points in his last seven games. Neal is prone to outbursts and this is a good one. Fingers crossed it can continue. He does have a 40-goal season under his belt and has deliver more than 20 in every season he's played, even the lockout-shortened season. Neal has also been throwing his weight around so far and has 22 hits in 10 games -- that would put him on a career path and would deliver the most since his sophomore season in Dallas.

    • Preds' Neal Returns To Practice

      News: James Neal returned to practice Monday, Brooks Bratten of NHL.com reports.
      Analysis: James Neal was reportedly held out of the third period of Wednesday's 5-2 preseason win over the Lightning for precautionary reasons, so it's encouraging to see him return to a full practice. He's expected to return to a top-six role in his second season with the Predators in 2015-16.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
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