Neal wants to return to the 20-goal mark next season, Kristen Anderson of The Calgary Sun reports. Neal's lack of production was a major story for the Flames this season, as he scored only seven goals and 19 points in 63 appearances. Neal had never registered less than 21 goals or 36 points entering the year, which came with the Penguins in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign.
Neal will be a healthy scratch for Friday's Game 5 against Colorado, John Shannon of Sportsnet reports. Neal's regular-season struggles have carried into the postseason, as the veteran forward has gone scoreless while posting a minus-3 rating despite averaging 2:50 of ice time on the man advantage through the first four games of Calgary's first-round series. If the Flames are able to stave off elimination Friday, it's hard to imagine a scenario in which coach Bill Peters reinserts Neal into the lineup for Sunday's Game 6.
Neal scored a goal and set up Derek Ryan's second in a 7-2 rout of Los Angeles on Monday. The two points are nice, but you have to look at when they occurred to get the real story. This outburst came in the final period of a game that meant nothing to Calgary, and Neal's les likely to do this when the result does matter to the Flames come playoff time. However, with the Flames resting their best players, Neal is likely to get quality ice time and thus has solid value in Calgary's final two games of the regular season.
Neal registered an assist and five hits in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Sharks. Neal's career high in hits is 194, set in 2008-09, his rookie campaign. He's mellowed out with age, last exceeding 100 hits in 2015-16 when he had 113 checks for the Predators. The assist gives Neal 17 points in 60 games this season, and it's his second point since he returned from a lower-body injury March 23.
Neal scored a goal on four shots in Friday's 6-1 win over the Ducks. The winger has had a disappointing season with six goals and 16 points in 59 games while also carrying a minus-8 rating. Neal had 44 points a year ago, but has mostly served in a third-line role with the Flames. The goal is his first point in four games since returning from a lower-body injury
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