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18 James Neal RW

Edmonton Oilers

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October 18, 2019 11:40 PM
Oilers' James Neal: Strikes for opening goal
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Neal scored a goal on four shots in Friday's 2-1 win over the Red Wings.

Neal's up to nine goals in eight games this year, an incredible pace for any player, let alone one coming off of a seven-goal campaign. Most notably, it was his third even-strength goal of the campaign. The winger has produced 27 shots and continues to enjoy top-six usage that is serving him quite well.

October 17, 2019 12:52 PM
Oilers' James Neal: Finds first assist
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Neal posted an assist and two shots in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Flyers.

The helper came on Ethan Bear's go-ahead tally in the first period. Neal had rattled off eight goals before producing a helper this season, which gives the veteran winger nine points and 23 shots in seven games.

October 14, 2019 11:40 PM
Oilers' James Neal: Power-play maestro strikes again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal scored a power-play goal in a 3-1 loss to the Blackhawks on Monday.

Neal's attempt at a comeback season continues to go well, as he scored for the eighth time this year. Six of those eight tallies have come with a man advantage. It would be nice to see 32-year-old garner an assist here and there, just in case his scoring mitts turn cold, but the winger has typically been a shoot-first type of player throughout his career.

October 11, 2019 01:04 PM
Oilers' James Neal: Matches last year's goal total
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal scored a power-play goal in Thursday's 4-3 shootout win over the Devils.

It's no four-goal game, but the winger remains white hot with seven goals in four contests to start the year. Five of Neal's seven scores have come with the man advantage, contributing to the Oilers' 40 percent success rate on the power play. That's an unsustainable pace, but fantasy owners who drafted Neal in hopes of a comeback season can enjoy the ride as long as it lasts.

October 9, 2019 12:20 AM
Oilers' James Neal: Sets record with four-goal night
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal scored four goals, two of them on the power play, in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Islanders.

He fired eight shots on net and also chipped in a hit, a blocked shot and a plus-1 rating in the huge performance. Incredibly, given the glittering list of Hall of Famers that have worn an Oilers jersey over the years, Neal now holds the franchise record with six goals through the first three games of a season -- a figure that's even more amazing considering the 32-year-old only scored seven in 63 games for Calgary in 2018-19.

October 6, 2019 10:40 PM
Oilers' James Neal: Nabs first two goals with new club
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal scored a pair of power-play goals on his four shots and was minus-1 in a 6-4 win over the Kings on Saturday night.

The two goals were the first as an Oiler for Neal, acquired in the offseason for fellow winger Milan Lucic. Neal's second goal came with just over six minutes left in the third period and broke a 5-5 tie. The 32-year-old had scored 20 or more goals in each of his first 10 seasons before plummeting to just seven last season with Calgary, but as long as he's logging power-play time alongside Connor McDavid, a return to prominence is very much a possibility.

July 19, 2019 10:44 PM
Oilers' James Neal: Flipped in big trade
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 22, 2019 04:36 PM
Flames' James Neal: Hopes for improvement in 2019-20
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 19, 2019 01:24 PM
Flames' James Neal: Scratched for Game 5
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 2, 2019 11:08 AM
Flames' James Neal: Scores two points in garbage time
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 1, 2019 02:28 AM
Flames' James Neal: Unusually physical in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 30, 2019 06:24 PM
Flames' James Neal: Scores on power play
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

March 24, 2019 01:32 PM
Flames' James Neal: Quiet return to lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 23, 2019 03:24 PM
Flames' James Neal: Appears ready to return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 20, 2019 02:48 PM
Flames' James Neal: Won't play Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 19, 2019 01:32 PM
Flames' James Neal: Could return Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 16, 2019 01:04 AM
Flames' James Neal: Joins practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 9, 2019 03:36 PM
Flames' James Neal: On ice Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 6, 2019 04:36 PM
Flames' James Neal: Remains unavailable
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal (lower body) isn't in the projected lineup for Wednesday's game against the Golden Knights,'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.

March 4, 2019 12:48 PM
Flames' James Neal: Absence continues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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Whitby, ON
Edmonton Oilers

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