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James Neal's foot not broken, will play Tuesday

Posted on: January 10, 2012 11:39 am
Edited on: January 10, 2012 11:41 am
 

By Brian Stubits

It was just Sunday that the Pittsburgh Penguins announced Jordan Staal would be out 4-6 weeks and James Neal had a broken foot that would keep him out of action for a while.

Two days later, it looks as though Neal isn't even going to miss a game. Don't you just love hockey players?

With the Penguins having a long list already of guys injured, Neal was a surprise in the team's morning skate on Tuesday in preparation for Pittsburgh's game against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night. The surprises continued after the skate when Neal revealed he's not going to miss any time.

"I'm good to go. I'm ready to play tonight," Neal said Tuesday. "After an MRI yesterday, it can’t get any worse. So I’m good to play on it."

A big reason why was a misdiagnosis the first time around. The Penguins were off a little with the broken foot announcement.

"The first test on Neal showed a fracture," coach Dan Bylsma said. "MRI showed pre-existing condition. He has a bone bruise but can play."

Well there's a surprise. It will be very interesting to watch how Neal skates and how many minutes he plays tonight against the Sens.

You have to wonder if aiding in this decision is the Penguins' struggles at the moment, both with injury and on the ice. They have lost four in a row and are very dinged up with Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang, Staal injured.

If he's able to play near 100 percent than obviously it's a big lift to the Penguins. Neal has been a very good goal scorer for the Pens this season, particularly on the power play where he has netted 10 of his 21 tallies.

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Comments

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:13 am
 

James Neal's foot not broken, will play Tuesday

hockeybob, at this point what's one injury one way or the other? The Pens have enough players hurt that with or without Neal they have problems.Both short and long term problems.
dfrpa, I was just kidding about the report that he had a broken foot only to play the next game.  Similar to what a certain NE area NFL coach is known to do when discussing injuries.    I don't consider Bylsma like that other coach, I just found it amuzing.



Since: Aug 30, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 5:31 pm
 

James Neal's foot not broken, will play Tuesday

Is there a more snake bitten team than the Pens when it comes to injuries?  Is there any other team that is missing so many of their quality players?



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 5:03 pm
 

James Neal's foot not broken, will play Tuesday

I've gone from high hopes to just make the playoffs.  Maybe, just maybe, with the Steelers dinged up and ousted and now the Pens continueing to play crippled, this will be the year of the Pirates.  I've been content to sacrifice the Pirates for the sake of the other two, but now, it might be that the other two who build the mojo to push the Bucs into a legitimate ball team. 




Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:21 pm
 

James Neal's foot not broken, will play Tuesday

hockeybob, at this point what's one injury one way or the other? The Pens have enough players hurt that with or without Neal they have problems.Both short and long term problems.



Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:34 pm
 

James Neal's foot not broken, will play Tuesday

Pens in good injury news?

Won't last, looking forward to Neal's inevitable season-ending injury this week. 



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:21 pm
 

James Neal's foot not broken, will play Tuesday

So now we know what Belichick was doing during the off week.   A little consulting work.  

"The first test on Neal showed a fracture," coach Dan Bylsma said. "MRI showed pre-existing condition. He has a bone bruise but can play."

Well there's a surprise.
We'll see if it was money well spent or not.   Well done Bylsma, lol.



Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:03 pm
 

James Neal's foot not broken, will play Tuesday

Oh, thank God!

Mario healed Neal's foot?

Blasphemy aside, good news, but until we get the rest of the walking/non-walking wounded back it will be an uphil slog.




Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:25 pm
 

James Neal's foot not broken, will play Tuesday

Oh, thank God!



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