Neal recorded an assist and three shots on goal in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Blackhawks in Game 4. Neal set up Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for the Oilers' second, and ultimately last, goal of the contest. The 32-year-old Neal produced two goals, an assist, 11 shots and a plus-3 rating in four games during the series.
Neal scored a goal on three shots and went plus-2 in Monday's 6-3 win over the Blackhawks in Game 2. Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford committed a turnover behind the net in the third period, and Neal buried it for an insurance tally. The 32-year-old winger has scored in both games during the postseason, adding six shots, five hits and a plus-3 rating.
Neal netted a power-play goal on three shots and added four hits in Saturday's 6-4 loss to the Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers. Neal's goal cut the deficit to 6-3, but it wouldn't change the result. In 2019-20, Neal had 12 power-play tallies. Despite his current fourth-line usage, he's lethal when converting passes from Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl with the extra man. That goal-scoring threat should be enough to earn Neal at least modest interest from DFS managers.
Neal produced 19 goals and 31 points in 55 games prior to the pause of play in mid-March. After a one-year stopover in Calgary that produced mediocre results (seven goals, 12 assists in 63 games), Neal has looked a lot better in his new digs this season. For a guy that rang up 40 (!), 21, 27, 23, 31, 23 and 25 goals, respectively, prior to last year's dud in Cow Town, it's certainly nice to see him knocking on the door of the 20-goal plateau again. Twelve of the 32-year-old's goals have come on the power play, where he's averaged the most time since 2013-14 with 2:53 per game, which is a role that lends itself to sustained production in a top six that features the league's two top scorers in Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. Skeptics will point to Neal's 17.0 shooting percentage this year and warn that regression is inevitable. They might be right considering his career mark is 11.9 percent over 821 games, but the fact remains that Neal's scoring in Edmonton would equate to 28 goals over a full season - and that's valuable in a lot of settings.
Neal managed an assist in Monday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Golden Knights. Despite skating in a fourth-line role lately, Neal has picked up assists in four of his last six games. The 32-year-old winger is up to 31 points, 111 shots and 85 hits through 54 appearances. Recent success aside, Neal is hard to trust in a limited role.
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