Neal was acquired by Edmonton from Calgary on Friday in a swap for Milan Lucic and a conditional third-round pick in 2020, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
After failing to hit the 20-goal mark for the first time in his career, Neal will hope for a fresh start with the Oilers. The veteran winger could be a candidate for a top-line role alongside Connor McDavid and should be in contention for a spot on the No. 1 power-play unit as well. If he does get the opportunity to play alongside McDavid, Neal could threaten the 30-goal mark.
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
Neal (lower body) skated 12:12 with two hits and one shot in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Canucks.
It's a lower ice time than his season average of 15:01 entering the contest. Neal slotted onto the third line, replacing Sam Bennett (upper body), but it was Mark Giordano and the Flames' fourth line contributing all the offense in the game. The veteran's spot in the lineup is probably safe while Bennett is out. Head coach Bill Peters may be hesitant to disrupt chemistry too much, which could leave Neal lost in the shuffle should Bennett make a speedy recovery.
Neal (lower body) practiced with the third line and second power-play unit in Saturday's morning skate, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
This seems to indicate Neal will replace Sam Bennett (upper body) in the lineup after the former's 17-game absence. Neal has 15 points (five goals, 10 helpers) in 55 games this season, but rejoins a Flames team with 19 goals in their last five games, during which they've gone 4-1-0.
Neal (lower body) won't play Thursday against Ottawa, but could return Saturday against the Canucks, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Neal has been a full participant at practice since Friday's session, but he evidently still needs a few more days to get back into playing shape. Another update on the veteran forward's status should surface prior to puck drop Saturday night.
Neal (lower body) may play Thursday versus the Senators, Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun reports.
Neal participated in full practice as an extra body Monday, while recent call-up Curtis Lazar taking line rushes on the fourth line. Neal has missed 15 games with his injury, and he'll be out for one or two more before working his way back into the lineup.
Neal (lower body) wore a regular jersey in Friday's morning skate, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
It's another important step in the recovery for the veteran winger, who has missed 13 games with the injury and will likely tack on a few more to that total before returning. His return is not imminent -- he's not expected to play Friday's game versus the Rangers or Saturday's contest in Winnipeg -- but coach Bill Peters previously said Neal will be ready for the playoffs.
Neal (lower body) skated but did not participate in full practice Saturday, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Head coach Bill Peters said Neal will skate again Sunday, but he won't be playing versus the Golden Knights. It's expected Neal will be ready for the playoffs, but any fantasy owners hanging onto the veteran winger will have to wait a little longer for his return.
Neal (lower body) isn't in the projected lineup for Wednesday's game against the Golden Knights, NHL.com's Danny Webster reports.
Neal has been a huge disappointment this season, tallying a meager 15 points in 55 appearances, so there likely aren't many fantasy owners tracking his availability at this point. The veteran forward will need to return to practice with his teammates before rejoining the lineup, so another update on his status should be released once that occurs.
Neal (lower body) won't suit up in Monday's home game against the Maple Leafs, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Neal has not seen the ice since Feb. 14, and will continue to sit out with a lower-body injury. The 31-year-old hasn't quite lived up to expectations this campaign, collecting just 15 points in 55 games. Neal's next chance to suit up will be on the road against the Golden Knights on Wednesday.
General manager Brad Treliving revealed Wednesday that Neal (lower body) is considered week-to-week and will be reevaluated next week, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Neal can likely be ruled out for Wednesday, Friday and Sunday as a result of the news, though whether or not he travels with the team as it embarks on a three-game road trip beginning in Ottawa on Sunday will likely be telling on whether or not a return Tuesday or Wednesday is possible. The veteran winger hasn't lived up to expectations in the first of his five-year deal with Calgary, collecting just 15 points over 55 games, and his latest injury will further reduce his chances of salvaging it.
Neal (lower body) is not listed in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Islanders, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Neal will skip his third straight contest because of the lower-body issue, paving the way for Austin Czarnik -- who has scored two goals in the last two games -- to draw in again. Coming off of a 25-goal, 44-point campaign with Vegas, Neal has disappointed in his first of a five-year contract with the Flames, notching just 15 points through 55 games. Some of that can be attributed to a 4.1 shooting percentage, which ranks well below his average mark and is the lowest for any campaign in which he's played more than 20 games. With another game off the table, he will now look to Friday against the Ducks as his next opportunity to begin turning around a slow campaign.
Neal (lower body) will not rejoin the lineup versus Arizona, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Neal will miss his second straight contest due to his lower-body issue. The winger has fallen into another goal drought, as he has failed to find the back of the net in eight straight contests. With a mere five goals on the year, the Ontario native will certainly miss the 20-goal mark for the first time in his NHL career.
Neal (lower body) won't play Saturday against the Penguins, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
The Flames have yet to release any details regarding the severity of Neal's lower-body issue, but for now he can be considered day-to-day ahead of Monday's matchup with Arizona. The veteran forward has been highly disappointing this campaign, having tallied just 15 points in 55 contests after notching 44 points in 71 appearances with the Golden Knights a season ago.
Neal left Thursday's game against Florida with a lower-body injury.
The 31-year-old suffered the injury on what looked to be a harmless collision with Jayce Hawryluk. An update on Neal's status for the road ahead should come after Thursday's game.
Neal (illness) rejoined his teammates at practice Thursday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Neal's return to practice Thursday should pave the way for him to return to Friday's lineup against the Red Wings. He will miss just one game because of the ailment and will look to pick up where he left off after collecting a pair of assists over the last three games. It's been a tough season overall for the veteran, however, as he's managed just 10 points over 46 games.
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