James Neal News Archive
Neal received a five-game suspension for kneeing Boston's Brad Marchand in the head during Saturday's game, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Neal attended Pittsburgh's game-day practice Monday, but did not take part in the morning skate.
Neal will have a phone hearing Monday with league disciplinarians for a deliberate knee-to-the-head of Brad Marchand who was vulnerable and on all fours on the ice in Saturday's game, according to NHL Department of Player Safety. From a fantasy perspective, the phone interview means that Neal will not be suspended for more than five games.
Neal registered his ninth goal while taking a game-high eight shots in Pittsburgh's 3-2 overtime win Tuesday.
Neal scored one goal and assisted on another Saturday, registering a plus-3 rating against the Panthers.
Neal registered two points on the power play Wednesday -- including a goal and an assist -- while taking a game-high 10 shots.
Neal tallied two goals and an assist in Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Bruins.
Neal scored two goals and added an assist against Boston on Monday, finishing plus-2 with five shots on goal.
Neal scored two, third-period goals on a game-high seven shots Saturday against Montreal.
Neal netted a goal and a power-play assist in Pittsburgh's 4-0 win over the Capitals on Wednesday.