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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Head coach Dave Tippett said Neal (ankle) is still a couple weeks away from returning, Ryan Rishaug of TSN.ca 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.
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.
Neal has a sprained ankle and isn't expected to play Tuesday versus the Blackhawks, Ryan Rishaug of TSN.ca 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.
According to Jason Gregor of OilersNation.com, 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.
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.
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.
Neal did not play in Friday's game versus the Blues due to a foot injury, Mark Spector of Sportsnet.ca 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Neal scored a goal on four shots in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Blues.
Neal got the Oilers on the board with 1:50 left in regulation, spoiling Jake Allen's shutout bid. It was the 16th goal of the season for Neal, who has been a terrific acquisition after languishing through a seven-goal season in Calgary in 2018-19. Those struggles are firmly in the rearview mirror with Neal already closing in on an 11th season of 20-plus goals.
Neal lit the lamp on two shots and chipped in an assist in Thursday's 6-5 loss to the Wild.
Neal has started the month of December off on the right foot, securing five points through the first six games of the new month. Seeing a solidified offensive role, the veteran is now up to 22 points, 78 shots and 41 hits through 34 games this year. His 3:20 of average power-play time this season is even more evidence that Neal continues to provide fantasy production at age 32.
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