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18 James Neal LW

Edmonton Oilers

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August 4, 2020 01:28 AM
Oilers' James Neal: Capitalizes on turnover
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 2, 2020 02:24 AM
Oilers' James Neal: Strikes late on power play
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 15, 2020 06:08 PM
Oilers' James Neal: Back on track?
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 10, 2020 12:44 AM
Oilers' James Neal: Helpers in consecutive outings
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 8, 2020 01:48 AM
Oilers' James Neal: Garners assist Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal provided an assist, two hits, two PIM and a plus-2 rating in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets.

Neal picked up his first point in three games since returning from an ankle injury. The helper got Neal to the 30-point mark -- he had just 19 in 63 contests with the Flames last year. The 32-year-old winger has added 110 shots, 85 hits and a minus-21 rating in 53 appearances.

March 3, 2020 01:20 PM
Oilers' James Neal: Returning to action Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal (ankle) will be in the lineup versus the Stars on Tuesday, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.

Neal returns following a 16-game stint on injured reserve due to his ankle problem. The veteran was stuck in an eight-game goal drought prior to getting hurt, during which he recorded two helpers, 14 shots and 27 hits. The winger could be in line for a top-six role and a spot with the No. 1 power-play unit.

March 3, 2020 10:44 AM
Oilers' James Neal: Won't play Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal (ankle) will not be in action versus Nashville on Monday but could suit up during the team's three-game road trip, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.

Neal will miss his 16th straight game due to his ankle issue. Prior to getting hurt, the winger was stuck in an eight-game goalless streak during which he recorded 14 shots while averaging 16:59 of ice time. Once cleared to play, the 32-year-old figures to resume a top-six role, which could see Josh Archibald bumped down the depth chart.

March 1, 2020 02:36 PM
Oilers' James Neal: Likely to travel with team
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal (ankle) is likely to accompany the Oilers on their upcoming three-game road trip, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports.

Neal has missed a month with an ankle sprain, but he appears to be getting closer to a return. The Oilers' trip begins Monday in Nashville and also features stops in Dallas (Tuesday) and Chicago (Thursday). Neal is not guaranteed to make his return in that span, but it'll be a sign that he's getting close if can practice during the trip.

February 18, 2020 07:04 PM
Oilers' James Neal: Still needs at least two weeks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Head coach Dave Tippett said Neal (ankle) is still a couple weeks away from returning, Ryan Rishaug of reports.

This is a frustrating injury for Neal. He seemed like he was trending toward a return in early February, but he aggravated the injury and has now missed nine total games. The Oilers are using Sam Gagner (undisclosed) in the top six in Neal's place, but they'll need his scoring ability soon as they make their playoff push.

February 13, 2020 02:48 AM
Oilers' James Neal: Designated for injured reserve
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal (ankle) was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 30, the team announced Wednesday.

Neal appears to have suffered a setback in his recovery, which led the team to place him on IR and free up a spot on the 23-man roster. The veteran has already missed the Oilers' last six contests and should be considered doubtful for the team's upcoming three-game road trip. With the available spot, the club recalled Tyler Benson from the minors.

February 10, 2020 02:36 PM
Oilers' James Neal: No timeline for return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal has a sprained ankle and isn't expected to play Tuesday versus the Blackhawks, Ryan Rishaug of reports.

Neal skated last Thursday but sat out of Monday's morning skate. Head coach Dave Tippett said this is an injury that can be easily aggravated, and there's no timeline for his return. While Thursday's matchup against the Lightning is still a possibility, it seems unlikely he'll be ready in time.

February 6, 2020 01:36 PM
Oilers' James Neal: Resumes skating
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

According to Jason Gregor of, Neal (ankle) skated for the first time since suffering his ankle injury Thursday.

Gregor expects the Oilers to be cautious with Neal's return timeline, as ankle sprains can be reaggravated easily, so the veteran winger should be considered out indefinitely at this point. Once he's given the green light, the 32-year-old will return to a top-six role and a spot on one of Edmonton's power-play units.

February 5, 2020 04:12 AM
Oilers' James Neal: Missing more time
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal (foot) won't be in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Coyotes, per the NHL's official media site.

Neal will miss his third consecutive contest while dealing with the foot issue. With the 32-year-old sidelined, Jujhar Khaira will draw into the lineup on the fourth line. Expect another update regarding Neal's health ahead of Thursday's game against San Jose.

February 2, 2020 10:16 AM
Oilers' James Neal: Won't dress Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal (foot) won't play Saturday in Calgary.

Neal will sit for a second straight game, which is unfortunate considering he'd collected a pair of assists in the two contests prior. No word yet on his availability for Tuesday's game in Arizona, but the extra day of rest will certainly be beneficial for Neal.

January 31, 2020 09:28 PM
Oilers' James Neal: Dealing with foot injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal did not play in Friday's game versus the Blues due to a foot injury, Mark Spector of reports.

This provides some clarity as to why Neal was a late scratch before Friday's game. He skated 18:11 in Wednesday's contests against the Flames and didn't seem to be struggling with an injury. Consider the 32-year-old day-to-day for now.

February 1, 2020 05:48 PM
Oilers' James Neal: Not suiting up Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal (undisclosed) will not play in Friday's game versus the Blues, Bob Stauffer of the Oilers Radio Network reports.

Neal didn't take pregame warmups. It's unclear what the issue is with the veteran winger, but it will cost him at least one game. Patrick Russell will enter the lineup in a bottom-six role, while Josh Archibald moves up to the top line alongside Connor McDavid and Zack Kassian against St. Louis.

January 30, 2020 02:36 AM
Oilers' James Neal: Assists in back-to-back games
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal posted an assist in Wednesday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Flames.

Neal had the secondary helper on Matt Benning's third-period tally. The winger has assists in consecutive games after his recent six-game drought. For the season, Neal is up to 29 points (17 on the power play), 107 shots on goal, 79 hits and a minus-21 rating in 50 contests.

January 19, 2020 02:36 AM
Oilers' James Neal: Snaps slump with helper
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal picked up an assist and went plus-2 in Saturday's 7-3 win over the Coyotes.

Neal assisted on Connor McDavid's second goal of the game. The helper snapped a six-game point drought for the winger, who had racked up 13 shots on goal and 26 hits in that span. Neal has 28 points (17 on the power play), 106 shots on goal, 78 hits and a minus-20 rating through 49 contests. Since his monster October, he's yielded just 14 points in 34 outings -- it's probably too late to sell high on the slumping 32-year-old.

January 7, 2020 01:20 PM
Oilers' James Neal: Wrecking ball versus Leafs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal posted 10 hits and four shots on goal in Monday's 6-4 win over the Maple Leafs.

Neal's point drought stretched to three games, and he's only hit the scoresheet twice in his last 10 outings. However, he provided fantasy owners a nice consolation prize with the heavy play, accounting for nearly a third of the Oilers' 33 hits as a team. Neal remains at 27 points to go with 100 shots and 71 hits through 45 contests.

January 1, 2020 05:56 PM
Oilers' James Neal: Rips Rangers for hat trick, assist
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neal scored a hat trick and an assist in Tuesday's 7-5 win over the Rangers.

Two of the goals and the assist all came on the power play. Neal had gone four games without a point entering the contest. He's now at 19 tallies and eight helpers through 42 outings this year, with 17 of his points coming with the man advantage. The 32-year-old also has a minus-23 rating.

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